A free walking tour all about Budapest under the rule of the Soviet regime which would appeal to all those interested in local life in Hungary's capital, not just history buffs. The remarkable stories from life behind the iron curtain and that of the uprising against the communist dictatorship are revealed by local guides who share the experience of life in post-communist Hungary, the lasting effect of this very recent history and embracing of democracy on their lives today and how the communist era has affected the philosophy, economy, education, healthcare and much more in the country. This tour really brings to life what Budapest would have been like during the period under the control of Stalin's Russia and includes many important sights, monuments, examples of propaganda and much more related to this turbulent and very interesting time in Budapest's history. The guides really know their stuff and it is obvious that they feel it is important to know about their communist history to better understand the society they live in today and equally for us, the visitor, to 'get' the Budapest of today in a very real and personal way. We happily recommend doing this free walking tour when in Budapest, even if you're not into cold war history – it is very relevant today and will only serve to add more colour to your Budapest experience.
Under the oppression of the Soviet regime, Hungarians were subject to intense surveillance. Punishments and even executions were carried out with regularity. But the Hungarians did not take this sitting down. Learn about the 1956 rebellion and how they fought against the Red Army, hear true stories and gain a huge insight into this time of Hungarian history on this thrilling 2.5 hour tour with our local guides.
This activity includes:
Vörösmarty square - The little princess - Liberty statue - Interactive fountain - the F4 object - Liberty square - Imre Nagy - Parlament - Personal stories - & so much more!
Reviewed on April 16, 2017
Regi the guide was excellent. Very informative tour. Well worth paying for.
Reviewed on April 03, 2017
Daniel was an excellent guide! The historical content of the tour was fantastic
“Budapest's soviet history”
Reviewed on March 30, 2017
It is really useful to know the recent history of a country to understand its reality nowadays at its fullest. And much better if a local explains spelling out details as Regi did.
Really nice guide, really nice tour. Completely recommended.
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in front of St. Stephen's Basilica
The closest metro station to St. Stephen's Basilica is Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út Metro station (yellow line). This would leave you at Andrássy Avenue which is one of the main streets of Budapest, from there you can easily see the back of the Basilica (It is the highest building in town, can't miss it babe!) So just walk there and you'll find us in front of the Basilica. Look for the guides with light-blue umbrellas, T-shirt and name cards!
Budapest is a very walkable city, you can get to the main attractions in 15 mins walking and St. Stephen's Basilica is the biggest church in Budapest and also the highest building of the city (together with the Parliament) so is difficult to miss it out. You can walk to St. Stephen's Basilica from your Hostel, just make sure you take our flyer-map.
Things to note
Booking for this tour is recommended to reserve your space specially during high season. This helps us to guarantee you'll receive a top quality tour!
Please note that this tour is only available to individual travellers & groups of less than 10 people on a voluntary-tip-basis. Groups of 10+ will incur a set fee and must be booked in advance.