Go back to the good old times when we drove Trabants, drank spirits at work, lived in block flats, stood in banana lines, had two passports, coupon books, no TV on Mondays and no freedom of speech!
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Highlights and Themes
- Small-group walking tour
- Explore Hungarian life and culture under Communism
- Discover the history of Communism in Hungary
- Visit our unique social history exhibition (display of furniture, artifacts, books, relics)
- Catch the speeches of 1956, the protests, marches, witness and relive the Soviet Invasion through different areas of the city
- Hear of the events that led to the fall of the Iron Curtain
- Refreshment stop in a retro lounge
All year round 14:30 - Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Absolute Tour Center - 1065 Budapest, Lazar Street 16., located right behind the Opera House.
Conclusion point: City center, close to transport links.
- English speaking expert guide
- Refreshment stop with drink and snack
- Visit to a private exhibition room
- Entry fees to sights and museums
- Transport to the meeting point or from the conclusion point
Know before you go
- Visiting the exhibition room requires the ability to climb one storey of stairs (with handrail).
- Participants will need to be fit for light continuous walking, for up to 3 hours.
- Tour goes in all weather conditions so please dress appropriately.
Private Tour Option
We are happy to organize your private tour!
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.
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.
The 1956 Hungarian revolution which is one of the main themes of the tour. Later we'll take an in depth look at the newly appointed Communist government after World War II. They put in place the conditions that led to the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. You'll hear stories of the first protests and marches and the first shootings and killings. We'll take 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.
Also included on the tour is a visit to our own private exhibition room, where we will introduce you to the real features of a Hungarian home through relics, 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! The tour includes refreshment stop in a retro lounge.