Budapest Hammer & Sickle Tour – Communist Times, the 56 Revolution, World War I & II

Remember the good old times of Communist Budapest, when people 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, relive the battles and hear the stories!

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


3 Hours

Dates & Times

All Year Round 14:30 – Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

Meeting Point

Absolute Tour Center
1065 Budapest, Lazar street 16,
located right behind the Opera House.

Conclusion point: Tour ends in the center of the city, close to public transport links

Small Groups

Walking Tour

Tour Guide

Best Sights

Stops for Photos

Full Tour Description

Duration: 3 hours


The Hammer and Sickle Tour – the way it was comrade!  Written about in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and other major newspapers. On this tour we’ll take you on a journey back through time to show you how life was like during our 50 years of Communism.

We summarize how this Hungarian revolution started, how Big Brother told us what to do and what not to do.  And 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 and where we could travel. Come and discover how long it took to get a passport and many other interesting experiences from black markets to banana line.Throughout the tour, we’ll introduce you via a historical approach that includes the last 200 years of contemporary Hungarian history. Of course, Hungary’s past is filled with victories, failures and struggles. So join us as we lead you through these times by showing you the sights related to these events and telling you how they shaped the Hungary we know today.

1956 Revolution

The 1956 Hungarian revolution which is one of the main themes of the tour. Later we’ll take an in depth look at the newly appointed Communist government after World War II. They put in place the conditions that led to the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. You’ll hear stories of the first protests and marches and the first shootings and killings. We’ll take you through some of the major areas where all the action happened. Some of our stops and stories will be about  Liberty Square and Cardinal Mindszenty. Learn of his part in the Hungarian revolution as well as the significance of the Square and the last remaining tribute to the Soviet Union.  Later at the memorial of Imre Nagy, we can remember the man who defied the leaders in Moscow. Unfortunately he paid dearly on the gallows two years later. Yet another stop will be the Hungarian Parliament where the first shots were fired, which instigated the revolt to take up arms.

 The 1956 Uprising was a short-lived battle on the streets. But many Hungarians maintained thoughts of freedom from Communism. They finally laid to rest these dark memories through the reburial of Imre Nagy. Finally this led to free elections and a return to a free society.

Exhibition Room

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!

The tour includes refreshment stop in a retro lounge.

Our walking tours run with small groups and generally do not have more than 15 participants. This makes them interactive and personal and gives you plenty of chances to ask questions and get to know your guide. You can also hit them up for local tips on where to go and what else to do.

We reserve the right to alter and change the tour program without prior notice due to construction, city closures for events, festivals and so on throughout the year.


English speaking guide, refreshment stop, entry to our private exhibition room, many stops for photos and questions.


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

Important Notice: Visiting the exhibition room requires the ability to climb one storey of stairs (with handrail).

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