Budapest Hammer & Sickle Communist Times Tour

The way it was comrade! A small group tour that takes you back to life in the Communist era


  • Small-group walking tour with licensed guide
  • Discover the history of WW II and Communism in Hungary
  • Visit Liberty Square with the Monument to the Soviet Red Army
  • Hear of the events of 1956 Revolution at the Parliament
  • See the Shoes on the Danube Bank
  • Cafe stop


2.5 hours


Adult: 54 €
Student: 52 €

Not recommended to children under age 14

Meeting Point

1052 Budapest, Deak Ferenc ter 4. in front of the Lutheran Church (pale yellow), on the church steps

Conclusion point: City center


English speaking expert guide, tea/coffee or soft drink



Know before you book

  • Not recommended to children under age 14
  • Your will need to be fit for light continuous walking, for up to 2 hours.
  • Tour runs in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.

Full Tour Description

The way it was, comrade! On this tour, we’ll take you on a journey back through time to show you what life was like during our 50 years of Communism, and how Big Brother told us what to do and what not to do.

In this tour, you’ll receive a comprehensive overview of Hungary’s communist era. Learn about how children were raised, family life, travel restrictions, and what life was like behind the Iron Curtain. Discover the lengthy process to acquire a passport and experience intriguing aspects of the time, from black markets to banana lines.

We’ll explore the history of the Communist government appointed after World War II, whose policies led to the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. The tour provides an overview and highlights major locations where significant events unfolded.

We’ll visit Liberty Square and Budapest’s last remaining Soviet monument. Our journey will take us to the Hungarian Parliament, where the first shots that sparked the uprising were triggered. We’ll also visit an exhibition near the Parliament, the site of the initial volley.