Small-Group Budapest History Walking Tour: Communism, Revolution, WWI and WWII

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Journey through Hungary’s fascinating communist history on this in-depth historical walking tour of Budapest. Over the course of three hours, your expert guide will immerse you in Hungary’s turbulent past filled with victories, failures and struggles, from the rule of Big Brother to the fall of the Iron Curtain and everything in between. Visit the area surrounding the Hungarian Parliament Building and hear stories about WWI, WWII, the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and the collapse of the Soviet Union as you walk the streets of Budapest and visit a private exhibition hall to see glimpses of daily life and witness the communist propaganda people once lived under.

Numbers are limited to 15 people on this small-group tour, ensuring you’ll enjoy a more personalized experience.

Meet your guide behind the Opera House in central Budapest to begin your 3-hour historical walking tour of the city. You'll journey back in time to understand what life was like during Hungary’s communist years, and receive a fascinating in-depth overview of the political history of Budapest and Hungary as a whole.

Your expert guide will tell you how it all started, when Big Brother watched over everyone's every move. Hear stories about what life was like behind the Iron Curtain – how children were raised, how families lived, how and where people traveled, how long it took to get a passport and many other interesting experiences, from black markets to banana lines.

Learn about Hungary’s role in WWI and WWII, and about the newly appointed communist government after WWII that led to the events of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, a spontaneous revolt against the government and its Soviet policies. After a plethora of events including the War of Independence and the Great Compromise, this revolution was the culmination of the Hungarian quest for freedom.

Your guide will lead you through the major areas tied to the revolution where the protests, marches and speeches took place. Stop at Liberty Square and discover the city’s last remaining tribute to the Soviet Union.

Visit a unique private exhibition hall to immerse yourself in the history you’ve just learned about. Discover the features of Hungarian home life as you browse a series of artifacts, furniture displays and cultural relics. You'll also see an extensive collection of communist-related artifacts and relics, such as red and blue passports, party member’s registration book, pins, medals, currency and huge placards to help you understand the propaganda Hungarians once lived under.

You'll then visit the area surrounding the Hungarian Parliament Building, where shots were fired, instigating the civilian revolt. You'll also hear about the role of Hungarian communist politician Imre Nagy, who defied the Soviet leaders in Moscow and was executed for treason after the revolution.

By the end of the tour, you’ll have a grasp of the last 100 years of contemporary Hungarian history, and understand how these years have shaped Hungary today. Your tour ends in central Budapest near public transport lines so you can continue exploring on your own.

What's included

  • Local guide
  • Entrance fee to exhibition hall

What isn't included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks