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Private Budapest Hammer & Sickle Communist Times Tour

Go back to the good old communist times!

DURATION: 3.5hours

All year round - 10:00, 14:00, daily

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The way it was comrade!
Go back to the good old times when we drove Trabants, drank spirits at work, lived in blocks of flats, stood in banana lines, had two passports, coupon books, no TV on Mondays and no freedom of speech! Experience the build up to 1956 Uprising, follow the marches, re-live the battles, hear the stories!

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Highlights and Themes

  • In-depth Communist history of Hungary
  • Recent history that put Hungary on the political map: 1956 Revolution, WWI-II, 19th century overview
  • Visit our own unique exhibition of what life used to be like back then (display of furniture, artifacts, documents, relics)
  • The Speeches, protests, marches and the Soviet invasion areas of 1956
  • Life and culture under Big Brother
  • Prelude to freedom with the fall of the Iron Curtain

Tour Price

2017 Rates

Group of
1-2 people

Group of
3 people

Group of
4 people

Group over 5 people
Per person rate

Child discount
(3 - 12 yrs)

150 €

190 €

230 €

55 €

28 €

online booking

Inclusions: Private English speaking guide, visit to our private exhibition room, many stops for photos and questions.

Exclusions: Entry fees to sights and museums, transport to the meeting point or from the conclusion point, gratuity/tip.

See booking terms, conditions and cancellation points.


All year round - 10:00, 14:00, daily

Meeting Point

At your accommodation.
If your accomodation is not centrally located, the the meeting point will be at the Absolute Tour Centre - 1065 Budapest, Lázár utca 16 or at a previously agreed point.
Conclusion Point: In center of the city, close to public transport connections


Full Tour Description

Duration: 3.5 hours

The Hammer and Sickle tour, the way it was comrade!  Written and raved about in the NY Times, Wall Street Journal and other major newspapers, this tour takes you on a journey back to the times about how life was like during our 50 years of Communism.

We summarize how it all started, how Big Brother told us what to do and what not to do.  We'll teach you about how life was like behind the Iron Curtain.  How children were brought up, how families lived, how we traveled, where we could travel, how long it took to get a passport and many other interesting experiences from black markets to banana lines.

Also included on the tour is a visit to our own private exhibition room.  Here we will introduce you to the real features of a Hungarian home through relics to typical furniture and furnishings. Furthermore, we have an extensive collection of many communist related artifacts and relics, such as red and blue passports, party member's registration book, pins, medals, currency and huge placards to help your understanding of the propaganda we once lived under!

Along the tour we introduce you to the historical approach through the last 200 years of contemporary Hungarian history.  Hungary's past is filled with victories, failures and struggles. We lead you through these eventful times through the sights depicting the historical outcome and how it shaped Hungary today.

Over the course of the tour, we'll discuss the Hungarian history events that “shook” the world with the 1956 revolution as one of the main highlighted themes. Prior to the revolution in 1956 a plethora of events such as the War of Independence, the Great Compromise, WWI, WWII gave huge significance to the meaning behind the Hungarian quest for freedom. After delving into recent history we'll take a detailed look at the events after World War II that led to the 1956 Revolution. The tour leads you through the remembrance of the first protests and marches and the first shootings and killings that led the Hungarians to fight back against the unethical regime. We'll also visit some of the major areas where all the action happened. For example, after arriving at Liberty Square, we'll talk about Cardinal Mindszenty's part in the revolution as well as discussing the significance of the square and we'll check out one of the city's last remaining memorials to the Soviet Union!  We'll also visit the memorial of Imre Nagy who who defied the leaders in Moscow and paid dearly on the gallows two years later. Another stop will be the Parliament where authorities fired on protestors, which caused Hungarian to rise up.  

The 1956 Uprising was a short lived battle on the streets, many Hungarians continued to plot their flight from communism after hostilities ended.

Booking Terms and Cancellation Points:

  • Discounted pricing: Infant(s) free up to 2 years, children: 3-12 years special price, 13 years and older are charged at student price, student rate will require a valid student ID card when joining the tour.
  • Participants will need to be fit for light continuous walking, for up to 3 hours.
  • Visiting the exhibition room requires the ability to climb one flight of stairs (with handrail).
  • Tour goes in all weather conditions so please dress appropriately. Supplier not responsible for unforeseen delays or accidents.
  • Programs cancelled within 72 hours of travel date incur 100% cancellation penalty with no refunds given. No show or non-participation on tour/program will not be refunded.
  • In case your accommodation is not centrally-located, the meeting point can be arranged at Absolute Tour Center 1065 Budapest, Lázár utca 16 or at previously agreed meeting point. In case your accommodation is not centrally-located, the meeting point can be arranged at Absolute Tour Center 1065 Budapest, Lázár utca 16 or at previously agreed meeting point.

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