Get a personal and realistic insight into what life in Hungary was like after the Second World War, during Communism and what has happened since. This tour provides our guests with an interesting first-hand account of life before and after the Iron Curtain was present and it helps to understand the local way of living, you do not only see the city from a tourist’s viewpoint. The walk starts with a historical summary and then our local guides and the undercover stories reveal interesting facts about traveling, housing, religious life, education, media, propaganda, sport, healthcare, religion, economy under Communism and they compare this with the post-Communist era as well. The tour provides a clear picture about what everybody over 30 years lived through and how it affects current attitudes of locals. Not a lot of time has passed since Communism ended in Hungary, only one generation has grown up since the regime change which happened in 1989 peacefully and it takes a lot more time to change the thinking and attitude of people.
Sights of this interactive adventure include the downtown of the Pest side of the city, the Saint Stephen’s Basilica (you hear different stories than on the Original Tour), The Szabadság (Liberty) square with the secret exit of a military bunker, the last standing Soviet war memorial which is a communist memorial in the inner city and other symbols of “Soviet friendship”, 1956 uprising areas, the bronze bullet memorial, and the beautiful Parliament building of Hungary.
Please note that this is not a classical sightseeing walking tour as the downtown area of Pest has very few sights to see from the Communist era, but it is more like a university lecture. So, less walking than the Original tour, but a little more talking. Most of the statues from the Communist era were removed from the city centre after the regime change in 1989, and there is a statue park called “Memento park” in the outskirts of the Buda side where you can see some of them.
The closest metro stop to the conclusion point is „Kossuth tér” metro station (metro line number 2/red line). The tour lasts for 2-2,5 hours and it covers about one and a half mile/2.5 kilometres. The route is flat and easy to walk, this tour requires very limited physical activity. Wear comfortable shoes, layered and warm clothes (a must in winter when it can be -10C – +5 degrees Celsius), bring water and hat in summer (when it’s 25-35 degrees Celsius).