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 May 25, 2018
It was a great tour which was very informative. our guide was great ( I am unable to recollect her name) and gave us great insights into the time of communist rule. Would highly recommend this to all.
“Interesting and moving ”
Reviewed on May 17, 2018
Eugene was a really good guide on the tour. It was educational and very interesting to hear so many moving stories of Jewish Krakow.
Reviewed on May 14, 2018
The Communist tour with Orsi was very enjoyable and informative. She took the time to answer questions and also give great insight to the mindset of people in Hungary as well as past events. Thank you!
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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
How do free tours work? It' simple, you're free to pay what you feel the tour was worth. Your lovely local guides don't receive any income other than tips from satisfied customers like you, meaning top quality tours on fair terms. Enjoy!
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 7+ will incur a set fee and must be booked in advance.