Step back in time to the days of life behind the Iron Curtain on this 5-hour private walking tour of Budapest. Learn the story behind the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and how it was tragically crushed. Visit the Citadella where the uprising began, see monumental Soviet statues, and visit the House of Terror.
Your day begins with a pickup, at a designated time, from your hotel or other prearranged location in central Budapest. Greet your private guide and embark on your 5-hour tour. Let your guide know if you have any particular requests for places to see.Listen as your guide explains that, although two decades have passed since the last of the Soviets left Hungary, memorials of the totalitarian system and the cold war are still to be found around the country. Visit the Citadella, where, in 1956, Soviet troops fired down into the city in an assault that overthrew the Hungarian government. Admire the Liberty Statue, the huge monument erected in 1947, probably the highest one of its kind in Europe. See other monuments and statues of the era, including those of famous personalities such as Marx and Lenin.Admire the Memorial of the Hungarian-Soviet Friendship and others all erected between 1945 and 1989, which were removed from the city and collected in Memento Park. The 42-piece collection includes the 20-foot (6 meter) statue of the Liberation Army Soldier and Boots of Stalin, the remains of the huge Stalin statue demolished during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. Also visit the House of Terror, a museum dedicated to the memory of the victims of the communist era.Conclude your tour at the statue of the Urchin of Pest in Corvin köz, which guards the memories of the tragic uprising of 1956.Optionally, end the tour on a more uplifting note with a ride on the Children’s Railway in the hills of Buda. Originally named Pioneer’s Railway and opened in 1949, it is operated by children aged 10-14 under the supervision of adults (own cost).