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Communist Budapest Private Tour

Type Private tour
Destination Budapest
Category Budapest Tours
Duration 4 hours
Dates & Prices
Depart date

View the giant monuments of communist times and learn about the communist dictatorship and the life behind the “Iron Curtain” in Hungary!

During this exciting journey back in time, you will view the giant monuments of the communist times and you will learn about the communist dictatorship and the life behind the „Iron Curtain” in Hungary. We visit the Soviet Liberation Monument on the top of Gellert Hill which commemorated the Soviet liberation of Hungary in WWII and also marked the beginning of the communist rule in the country. We visit Memento Park on the outskirts of Budapest showcasing 42 original giant statues that stood in the city during the communist times among them Red Army soldiers, Marx, Engels, Lenin and you will learn about the life behind the “Iron Curtain”, how the infamous state security police worked and you can also experience what it is like to sit in a Trabant, the cheapest car of the former East bloc. We view the last standing Soviet War Memorial of Budapest on Liberty Square and the memorials of the 1956 Revolution on Kossuth Square in front of the Parliament building.

Tour highlights

  • View the giant monuments of the communist times in Budapest and learn about the communist dictatorship and the life behind the Iron Curtain in Hungary.
  • Visit the Soviet Liberation Monument on the top of Gellert Hill
  • Visit Memento Park showcasing 42 giant statues of the communist times
  • Visit the last standing Soviet War Memorial in Budapest on Liberty Square
  • View the memorials of the 1956 Revolution on Kossuth Square in front of the Parliament building

Admission tickets are not included in the tour price

Admission to Memento Park HUF 1800 /EUR 5

Tour Specs
Tour duration: 4 hours
Driving distance: 40 km
Difficulty level: medium
Tour type: private tour
Guide: Private English speaking guide

Schedule
APR-OCT 10 AM
Check-in 15 min before departure time

Meeting Point
Budapest Scooter Tour 1053 Budapest Vámház körút 10 (the office is located inside the house courtyard) Hotline: +36 309845100

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Budapest Scooter Tour
Budapest Scooter Tour

All our tours start and finish at Budapest Scooter Tour office at 1053 Budapest Vámház körút 10. The office is inside the courtyard of the building.

Liberty bridge
Liberty bridge

Originally named after Emperor Franz Joseph today called Liberty Bridge (Szabadság híd) was built between 1894 and 1896. Opened in the year of the Millennium and was officially completed when Emperor Franz Joseph inserted the last silver rivet into its iron structure. The top of each of the bridge’s pillars is decorated with a 'Turul' bird, the mythical bird of Hungary.

Gellért Hill
Gellért Hill

Gellert Hill (Gellért-hegy) offers some of the best panoramic views of Budapest. The hill was named after bishop Gellért (Gerald), who was thrown to death from the hill by pagans in the fight against Christianity in 1046.

Liberty statue
Liberty statue

Liberty Statue (Szabadság Szobor) stands on top of the hill, and she can be seen from all parts of the city. The statue was erected in 1947 during the Communist era. As Liberty had already become a symbol of the city, she was not removed unlike other Communist icons, such as the Red Army soldier who used to stand at her feet, allowing us to see her in her original surroundings.

Citadel
Citadel

The Citadel (Citadella), the fortress on the top of Gellert Hill was built by the Habsburgs after defeating Hungary's War of Independence in 1849. It was a prime, strategic site for shelling both Buda and Pest in the event of a future rebellion.

Memento Park
Memento Park

Memento Park located on the outskirts of Budapest was established after the collapse of the communist regime in 1992. It showcases 42 original giant statutes among them Red Army soldiers, Marx, Engels, and Lenin that stood in the city during the communist times. In this particular place, you can take an exciting journey back in time in the communist dictatorship and learn about the communist dictatorship, the life behind the iron curtain, the 1956 revolution, how the infamous state security police worked and you can also experience what it is like to sit in a Trabant the cheapest car in the former East Bloc.

The Hungarian Parliament Building
The Hungarian Parliament Building

The Hungarian Parliament Building is one of the finest examples of Gothic Revival architecture in the world. With its dome rising to 96 m, it is the tallest building in Budapest. The 691-room palace is the largest building in Hungary and the third-largest parliament building in the world.

Soviet War Memorial
Soviet War Memorial

The Soviet War Memorial was erected in 1945 to commemorate the fallen Red Army soldiers in Hungary during WWII, and to celebrate the victory of the communist Soviet rule in Hungary and across Eastern Europe, which ultimately collapsed in 1989.

Monument of National Martyrs
Monument of National Martyrs

The monument is dedicated to the martyrs of the communist Red Terror during the period of the Republic of Councils in Hungary, a short-lived communist state in 1919. The Communist party’s military detachments known as the Lenin Boys executed more than 500 people without trial during the 133-day existence of the communist state. The original monument had been erected in 1934 and was demolished after WWII in 1945. It has been reconstructed via contemporary photos and documents.

Bloody Thursday Memorial
Bloody Thursday Memorial

The symbolic bullets on the wall commemorate the victims of the 25 October 1956 massacre, also known as the Bloody Thursday, when over 300 civilians were killed by the Soviet tanks and the State Security Police, who were shooting at the unarmed crowd from the roof of the building.

25 October 1956 Memorial and Exhibition
25 October 1956 Memorial and Exhibition

The memorial located in the former ventilation tunnel of the Parliament is dedicated to the victims of the massacre of 25 October 1956 on Kossuth square, when over 300 civilians were killed in the shooting by the State Security Police and the Soviet tanks. The memorial can be visited free of charge.

What's included
50 cc scooter with safety helmet
Fuel
3-rd party liability insurrance
English speaking tour guide
Intercom radio with a headset
Services indicated in the tour programme

Exclusions
Meals, drinks , admission tickets are not included only if explicitly specified in the tour programme

Requirements
Valid Photo ID (EU citizens only) or passport (Non EU citizens)
Valid driver's licence
50cc: Car or Moped licence
125cc: Motorcycle licence EU A1 or international equivalent
50 cc scooters are only for 1 person, it is forbidden to carry a passenger

Liability
The tour participant drives the scooter at his/her own risk. The driver is liable for damages caused to the scooter at his/her fault up to maxiumum HUF 150.000/ EUR 500. Damage is calculated according to the price list available at the office.