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Private Communist Times & Statue Park visit


The way it was comrade!

Duration:

4 hours

When:

All year round 09:30, 14:30 - daily

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

  • Private tour by private car to Statue Park, than walking tour in Budapest downtown
  • Explore Hungarian life and culture under Communism
  • Entry to the famous Statue Park, where all statues were placed after communism defeated
  • Catch the speeches of 1956, the protests, marches, witness and relive the Soviet Invasion through different areas of the city
  • Learn the events that led to the fall of the Iron Curtain
  • Refreshment stop in a retro lounge

When

All year round 09:30, 14:30 - daily

Meeting Point

At centrally located accommodation

Conclusion point: city center close to transport links

Tour Price

Group of
1-2 people

Group of
3 people

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4 people

Group of
5-15 people

Child discount
(3 - 12 yrs)

270 €

300 €

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70 € / person

35 €

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Inclusions

  • English speaking guide
  • Private transfer to Statue Park and return
  • Entry fee to Statue Park
  • Refreshment stop in a retro lounge

Exclusions

  • Transport from the conclusion point
  • Gratuity/tip

Know before you go

  • Participants will need to be fit for light continuous walking, for up to 1 hour.
  • Tour goes in all weather conditions so please dress appropriately.
  • Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund. No show or non-participation on the tour will not be refunded.

Full Tour Description

The Hammer and Sickle Tour – the way it was comrade! Written about in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and other major newspapers. On this tour we'll take you on a journey back through time to show you how life was like during our 50 years of Communism.

At the start of the tour we go out to the famous outdoor Statue Park by private car (where all the communist statues were placed after communism defeated in 1990) for a guided tour learning the symbolism of the statues from Lenin, Marx and Engels, Friendships' and "liberation." We summarize how this Hungarian revolution started, how Big Brother told us what to do and what not to do. And we'll teach you about how life was like behind the Iron Curtain. You'll find out how children were brought up, how families lived, how we traveled and where we could travel. Come and discover how long it took to get a passport and many other interesting experiences from black markets to banana line.

Back in Budapest downtown the tour continues by walk. The tour leads you through the remembrance of the first protests of 1956 Revolution: the marches and the first shootings and killings that led the Hungarians to fight back against an unethical regime - as well as taking you through some of the major areas where all the action happened. Learn of his part in the Hungarian revolution as well as the significance of Liberty Square and the last remaining tribute to the Soviet Union. Another stop will be the Hungarian Parliament where the first shots were fired, which instigated the revolt to take up arms. The 1956 Uprising was a short-lived battle on the streets. But many Hungarians maintained thoughts of freedom from Communism.

The tour includes refreshment stop in a retro lounge.

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