"Life Under Communism" with House of Terror

Learn about life behind the Iron Curtain on this 3-hour tour of Budapest. Led by a local guide, you’ll hear first-hand accounts of the era’s black-market economy, the effects of the Kremlin and the imprint left on Budapest after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Meet for an introductory discussion over coffee at Bambi Presszó café, considered by many as the last city stronghold of communist culture. Then take a walking tour to see evidence of the communist era still visible around the city today.
2 hours
Group size up to 15 persons
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What is included in activity
Informative handouts
Coffee or a soft drink
Local guide
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Additional food and drink
Hotel pickup and drop-off
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What To Expect

Soviet Heroic Memorial
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.

Szabadsag ter (Pass By)
One of the most stately squares in the city centre, Szabadság tér owes its extensive dimensions to the Habsburg era, when the Bastille-like Újépület stood here. This peacefull, spaceous grean area is great place for peace seekers to rest in delighting enviroment.

Kossuth Lajos Square (Pass By)
We will visit Kossuth Square where the Hungarian parliament stands. During the 1956 revolution, a firefight started in front of the Parliament building, and we stilldon't know exactly how many demonstrators died.

Hungarian Parliament Building
The square, renamed in 1927 in honor of Lajos Kossuth, was previously known by several names including Parliament square. Facing the parliament building are the Museum of Ethnography, and the Ministry of Agriculture.

March 15 Square (Marcius 15 ter) (Pass By)
Petőfi Statue, and Március 15. Square, located at the foot of Erzsébet Bridge, at front of the oldest church of Budapest. Thanks to a renovation in 2011, is a very popular scene of social life — not just for tourists.

Corvin Mozi (Pass By)
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.

Liberty Bridge (Szabadsag hid) (Pass By)
We walk across one of Budapest's most beautiful bridges to arrive to the foot of the emblematic Gellért hill where we find our next stop.

Szent Gellert Monument (Pass By)
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.

House of Terror Museum During the year-long construction work, the building was fully renovated inside and out. The reconstruction plans for the House of Terror Museum were designed by architects János Sándor and Kálmán Újszászy. The reconstruction turned the exterior of the building into somewhat of a monument; the black exterior structure (consisting of the decorative entablature, the blade walls, and the granite footpath) provides a frame for the museum, making it stand out in sharp contrast to the other buildings on Andrássy Avenue. Inside the building, the Museum has a T-54 tank on display.

Know before you go:

• Confirmation will be received at time of booking
• Children must be accompanied by an adult
• Not wheelchair accessible
• Service animals allowed
• Near public transportation
• Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
• This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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Always at your disposal, your guide will tailor your program and suggest places of interest for children, where to eat and what to see.
The cost of an individual excursion is comparable to the cost of a group excursion if you are going with someone else.
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What places you will see

• Communist-themed walking tour
• House of Terror Museum

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Budapest, Hungary

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2 hrs
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