Absolute Tours Budapest
Absolute Tours Prague
Absolute Tours Krakow
Absolute Tours Vienna


Private Budapest Hammer & Sickle Communist Times Tour

Go back to the good old communist times!


DURATION: 3.5hours

WHEN:
All year around - 10:00, 14:00, daily


Book Online!

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!

Click here for full description

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)
  • 1956 Speeches, Protests, Marches and Soviet invasion areas
  • Life and culture and how we lived under big brother
  • Prelude to freedom with 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.

When

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

Meeting Point

At your accommodation.
In case accommodation is not centrally located: meeting point can be arranged in Absolute Tour Centre - 1065 Budapest, Lázár utca 16 or in previously agreed meeting point.
Conclusion Point: In centre 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 our own private exhibition room.  Where 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.

On the tour we go through the Hungarian history 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, Great Compromise, WWI, WWII gave huge significance to the meaning behind the Hungarian quest for freedom. After delving through the recent history we take a microscopic approach towards the newly appointed communist government after World War II that led to the events of 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 an unethical regime and some of the major areas where all the action happened. Some of our stops and stories will be about our Liberty Square for Cardinal Mindszenty's part in the revolution as well as the significance of the square and the last remaining tribute to the Soviet Union!  We will embrace the character of Imre Nagy by his memorial in remembrance of the man who defied the leaders in Moscow and paid dearly on the gallows two years later. Another stop will be the Parliament area where shots were fired, which instigated the revolt to take up arms and defend one's freedom. 

The 1956 Uprising was a short lived battle on the streets but silently in the back of the minds of many Hungarians they plotted their flight from Communism and finally laid to rest the memories through the reburial of Imre Nagy leading to free elections and a return to a free society.

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 where no refunds are given. No show or non-participation on tour/program will not be refunded.
  • In case accommodation is not centrally-located: meeting point can be arranged at Absolute Tour Center 1065 Budapest, Lázár utca 16 or at previously agreed meeting point. In case accommodation is not centrally-located: meeting point can be arranged at Absolute Tour Center 1065 Budapest, Lázár utca 16 or at previously agreed meeting point.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Stay informed with our latest offers, travel info and city tips.
Budapest Airport transfer

Updated Budapest – follow us!

Write Your Own Review on Tripadvisor!

Review on Tripadvisor

Segway experience Guaranteed

Segway Authorized Tours

Follow us on Facebook

Our Latest Video

Flickr Photostream

Partners

Absolute Tours Partners Absolute Tours Partners Absolute Tours Partners Krakow segway tours Absolute Tours Partners Absolute Tours Partners Absolute Tours Partners Absolute Tours Partners
Copyrights © 1998-2017 Absolute Walking Tours, USA.
All rights reserved.