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Hammer & Sickle Tour - Communist Times, 56 Revolution, WWI & II – 3.5 hours

The way it was Comrade! 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! Experience the build up to 1956 uprising, follow the marches, re-live the battles, hear the stories!

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Highlights and Themes

  • In-depth Communist history of Hungary
  • Recent history that put Hungary on the political map: 1956 Revolution, WWI-II, 19th century overview
  • Visit our own unique exhibition of how life was back then (display of furniture, artifacts, readers, relics)
  • 1956 Speeches, Protests, Marches and Soviet invasion areas
  • Life and culture and how we lived under big brother
  • Prelude to freedom with fall of the Iron Curtain

Tour Price

Current prices and availabilities are published on our online reservation system.

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Inclusions: English speaking guide, visit to our private exhibition room, transport tickets during the tour, many stops for photos and questions.

Exclusions: Entry fees to sights and museums, transport to the meeting point or from the conclusion point, gratuity/tip.

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When

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Meeting Point

Absolute Tours Center – Budapest, Lázár utca 16 just behind the Opera House.


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Full Tour Description

Duration: 3,5 hours

The Hammer and Sickle tour, the way it was comrade!  Written and raved about in the NY Times, Wall Street Journal and other major newspapers, this tour takes you on a journey back to the times about how life was like during our 50 years of communism.

We summarize how it all started, how big brother told us what to do and what not to do.  We’ll teach you about how life was like behind the iron curtain.  How children were brought up, how families lived, how we traveled, where we could travel, how long it took to get a passport and many other interesting experiences from black markets to banana lines.

Also included on the tour is our own private exhibition room.  Where we will introduce you to the real features of a Hungarian home through relics to 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!

Along the tour we introduce you to the historical approach through the last 200 years of contemporary Hungarian history.  Hungary's past is filled with victories, failures and struggles. We lead you through these eventful times through the sights depicting the historical outcome and how it shaped Hungary today.

On the tour we go through the Hungarian history that “shook” the world with the 1956 revolution as one of the main highlighted themes. Prior to the revolution in 1956 a plethora of events such as the War of Independence, Great Compromise, WWI, WWII gave huge significance to the meaning behind the Hungarian quest for freedom. After delving through the recent history we take a microscopic approach towards the newly appointed communist government after World War II that led to the events of the 1956 Revolution. The tour leads you through the remembrance of the first protests and marches and the first shootings and killings that led the Hungarians to fight back against an unethical regime and some of the major areas where all the action happened. Some of our stops and stories will be about our Liberty Square for Cardinal Mindszenty’s part in the revolution as well as the significance of the square and the last remaining tribute to the Soviet Union!  We will embrace the character of Imre Nagy by his memorial in remembrance of the man who defied the leaders in Moscow and paid dearly on the gallows two years later. Another stop will be the Parliament area where shots were fired, which instigated the revolt to take up arms and defend one’s freedom. 

The 1956 Uprising was a short lived battle on the streets but silently in the back of the minds of many Hungarians they plotted their flight from communism and finally laid to rest the memories through the reburial of Imre Nagy leading to free elections and a return to a free society.

Conclusion point: In center of the city, close to public transport links

Our walking tours are small personal groups and generally do not have more than 15 participants, making them interactive and personal and giving you plenty of chances to ask questions and get to know your guide plus hit them up for local tips of where to go and what else to do.

Booking Terms, Conditions and Cancellation Points:

  • Infant(s) free up to 2 years, children: 3-12 years half adult price 13 years and older are charged at student price, student rate will require a valid student ID card when joining the tour.
  • Participants will need to be fit for light continuous walking, for up to 3 hours.
  • Visiting the exhibition room requires the ability to climb one storey of stairs (with handrail).
  • Tour goes in all weather conditions so please dress appropriately. Supplier not responsible for unforeseen delays or accidents.
  • Programs cancelled within 72 hours of travel date incur 100% cancellation penalty where no refunds are given. No show or non-participation on tour/program will not be refunded.
  • Supplier reserves the right to make changes -when necessary- without prior notice.