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Life Under Communism

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    Stop At: Soviet Heroic Memorial, Szabadsag ter, Budapest 1054 Hungary

    Starting in Liberty Square, we will look at the memorial to the Soviet army. This is a grandiose memorial to the Siege of Budapest, the 50-day-long encirclement by Soviet forces of the Hungarian capital of Budapest, near the end of World War II.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Kossuth Lajos Square, Budapest Hungary

    We will visit Kossuth Square where the Hungarian parliament stands. Aside from several other impressive buildings on the square, we will see where, following a mass demonstration in 1956, dozens were massacred by the government.

    Duration: 25 minutes

    Stop At: Margaret Bridge, Budapest, Jászai Mari tér 3, 1137 Hungary

    On the banks of the Danube, close to Margit Bridge, stands a building which in communist times was dubbed The White House. It was the Party HQ of the Hungarian communist government.
    We will visit this and also take a look at the statue of Imre Nagy, Prime Minister in 1956 who was later murdered.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Bem Jozsef Memorial, Bem ter, Budapest 1027 Hungary

    Going south from Margaret Bridge, we arrive to Bem Square. The square saw 200,000 Hungarian students protesting against Soviet rule in 1956, in a rally that was originally organized to support Polish workers.
    We will also visit Bambi Eszpresszó, a shelter for Buda-side intellectuals in Frankel Leó utca, has been going strong since the 1960s, and has maintained both the same atmosphere and the same interior design ever since.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Szent Gellert Monument, Gellert-hegy, Budapest Hungary

    St Gellért Square is one of the most impressive squares in Buda. The square is named after Bishop St Gellért , also called the Martyr for Hungarian Christendom.
    From here we have an excellent view of the Liberty statue - erected in 1947 in remembrance of the Soviet liberation of Hungary.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Corvin Mozi, Corvin koez 1, Budapest 1082 Hungary

    On the south-east part of Budapest's city, Corvin köz was the major resistance center, where in 1956 local youngsters fought the invading Russians with Molotov cocktails and guns they stole from soldiers to fight against Soviet tanks.
    We will look at the reminders of the battles here and talk about the invasion of 1956 and its aftermath.

    Duration: 30 minutes
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    Departure Point
    Budapest, Dohány u. 1a, 1074 Hungary

    Traveler pickup is offered
    We can meet you at your hotel or outside Café Kamara, or we can meet every guest at their accommodation and the tour starts from there. Please provide your address in the special requirements box!
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Notebook
    • Souvenir pen
    • Informative handouts
    • Coffee or a soft drink
    • Local guide
    • Additional food and drink
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    My wife and I recently took the Life Under Communism tour and met Miklos, the owner/operator. He was everything one would want in a guide into the complex history of Hungary during its years under communism. His engaging manner and teacher's temperament was refreshing. He...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank kirkland77
    MolnarMiklos, Owner at Fungarian, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    Thank you so much for your inspiring remarks. It's very interesting that after the archives have been open, we are more knowledgable on what went on behind the scenes. I came to the conclusion that both parties (East and West) need to re-evaluate what they...More

    Reviewed 24 April 2019

    We - a family with parents in their 50's and children early 20's - hugely enjoyed the communism walking 'tour'. Miklos is extremely knowledgeable, humorous and happy to share insider knowledge about communism as well as life in Hungary today. We were for a trip...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    1  Thank MarieBK
    Miklos M, Owner at Fungarian, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2019

    Kære Marie, So nice of you to appreciate the short time we spent together. It's sort of paradoxical that even after 30 years of its collapse, Communism still "strikes back". You were a wonderful and knowledgable audience and I hope you will come back to...More

    Reviewed 27 March 2019 via mobile

    This was a highly informative and enjoyable tour that I would recommend to anyone visiting Budapest. A teacher at heart, Miklós provided me with a great framework for understanding the history of the city and its people. He shares many funny stories and fascinating pieces...More

    1  Thank ktdailey
    Miklos M, Owner at Fungarian, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2019

    Thank you for your recommendation. We consider it our mission to gain the proper reputation for our wonderful city and our unknown cultural heritage we are so proud of. Hope to host you again in the future. Miklós

    Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

    Our group of 3 met with Balazs for this unforgettable tour which gave us an insight into how ordinary people lived their lives under the communist regime. Balazs was very knowledgeable with regard to the historical events which lead to Hungary’s communist rule, as well...More

    Thank Kerinharrington
    MolnarMiklos, Owner at Fungarian, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2019

    Dear Kerinha, Thank you for your kind words. It's a comforting feeling for us that people from the "FREE world" are interested in what we went through and what we were deprived of during an era with a political system that was forced on the...More

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