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Hammer & Sickle Tour- Communist Times, 56 Revolution, WW I & II

Tour price: 55€

The way it was comrade!

DURATION: 3.5 hours
WHEN: Year Round - Daily at 14:30

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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

  • Learn the 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 the fall of the Iron Curtain
  • Refreshment stop in a retro lounge

Tour Price

2018 Rates

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55 € Adult
51 € Student (with a valid student card)
28 € Child (3-12 years)
Infants are free up to 2 years

Inclusions: English speaking guide, refreshment stop, visit to our private exhibition room, 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.

See booking terms, conditions and cancellation points.


Year Round - Daily at 14:30

Meeting Point

Absolute Tour Center - 1065 Budapest, Lazar Street 16., located right behind the Opera House.
Conclusion point: In center of the city, close to public transport links


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 through time to show you 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.  You'll find out 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 a visit to our own private exhibition room,  where we will introduce you to the real features of a Hungarian home through relics, 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.

Throughout the tour, we'll 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 by showing you the sights related to these events and telling you how they shaped Hungary today.

On the tour, we retell Hungarian history through events that "shook" the world - including the 1956 revolution, one of the main highlighted themes of the tour. Prior to the revolution in 1956 a plethora of events such as the War of Independence, the Great Compromise, WWI, and WWII gave huge significance to the meaning behind Hungary's quest for freedom. After delving into recent history we take a microscopic approach towards the newly appointed communist government after World War II who put in place the conditions 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 - as well as taking you through some of the major areas where all the action happened. Some of our stops and stories will be about our Liberty Square and Cardinal Mindszenty's part in the revolution as well as the significance of the square and the last remaining tribute to the Soviet Union!  At the memorial of Imre Nagy, we will remember 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 afterwards, many Hungarians maintained thoughts of freedom 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. 

The tour includes refreshment stop in a retro lounge.

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 and press them for local tips of where to go and what else to do.

Booking Terms and Cancellation Points:

  • Important notice: Visiting the exhibition room requires the ability to climb one storey of stairs (with handrail).
  • Participants will need to be fit for light continuous walking, for up to 3 hours.
  • Tour goes in all weather conditions so please dress appropriately.
  • Supplier not responsible for unforeseen delays or accidents.
  • We reserve the right to alter and change tour programs without prior notice due to construction, city closures for events, festivals and so on throughout the year.
  • Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund. No show or non-participation on the tour will not be refunded.

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