Private Budapest Communist Times & Statue Park Visit Tour

Magpie ID: VEUQWI
Location: Budapest
Category: Tours & Sightseeing
Duration: 4.0 hours
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Currency: EUR
Language: English
TimeZone: Europe/Budapest
Summary
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! We summarise 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 travelled, where we could travel, how long it took to get a passport and many other interesting experiences from black markets to banana lines.

Description
This private tour takes you through Hungary's fascinating and turbulent communist history filled with victories, failures and struggles, from the rule of Big Brother to the fall of the Iron Curtain and everything in between. You'll get an in-depth historical overview of Budapest as you tour Memento Park (formerly Statue Park) and visit other famous historic sites including the Hungarian Parliament. Hear stories about the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, WWI and WII, and the collapse of the Soviet Union and the fall of the Iron Curtain. At the end of the tour you'll visit a private exhibition hall to witness what life was like for Hungarians living under communist propaganda. This private tour ensures an intimate experience of Budapest and personalised attention from your guide.
At the start of the tour we go out to the famous outdoor Statue Park by private car (where we put all the communist statues after our change in 1990) for a guided tour learning the symbolism of the statues from Lenin, Marx and Engels, Friendships' and "liberations." We cover the ideas behind them and where they were placed in the city and for what reasons. Also at the park we will visit some exhibitions of communism related themes that is ever changing along with a real Trabant car that was originally designed to be a covered motorcycle and became a trademark as the "Hungarian family car!

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.

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 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!

Commentary English: Guide
Included
Private professional English speaking guide
Private transfer to Statue Park and back
Entry and guided tour of the Statue Park
Visit to our own private exhibition room
Excluded
Food and beverages
Transport from the end point
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Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Participants will need to be fit for light continuous walking, for up to 1 hours
  • Important notice: 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
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Operating Info

Booking Cut-off No booking cut-off applies
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All Year Around Daily: From To
Sunday 09:30, 14:30
Monday 09:30, 14:30
Tuesday 09:30, 14:30
Wednesday 09:30, 14:30
Thursday 09:30, 14:30
Friday 09:30, 14:30
Saturday 09:30, 14:30

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Address: Absolute Tour Center 1065 Budapest, Lazar street 16, located right behind the Opera House., Budapest, HU
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Start Location Notes Absolute Tour Center 1065 Budapest, Lazar street 16, located right behind the Opera House., Budapest, HU

Cancellation

Cancellation Policy: standard
Cancellation Cut-off: 24 hours
Cancellation Notes: Up to 24 hours before the beginning of the activity: full refund Less than 24 hours before the beginning of the activity or no-show: no refund

Pricing

PRICING RETAIL PRICE NET RATE
Adult 18-64 years €270.00 Available on request
Child 3-12 years €35.00 Available on request
Youth 18-64 years €300.00 Available on request
Infant 18-64 years €320.00 Available on request
Senior 18-64 years €70.00 Available on request

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Terms and Conditions

1. 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.
2. Failure to show up on time to the stated meeting point for the program is considered a no show and the fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.
3. As supplier we are not responsible for unforeseen delays or accidents, loss of money, loss of any personal items or objects during tours. Tour guests are advised to have their own personal travel insurance.
4. Unfortunately, due to the nature of our walking, bike and Segway tours, it's not possible for us to accommodate people with limited mobility.
5. Supplier reserves the right to refuse service from guests in extreme circumstances (i.e. improper conduct, disturbance of other guests, disruptive behavior, suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol/narcotics) without refund.
6. Only stated person(s) on ticket may use the ticket. Guests need to present a valid ID card or e-voucher as a supporting document should they be asked to by staff.
7. Student rate requires valid student card at the time of the service and has to be displayed to the staff at arrival.
8. Segway, e-bike and caving has special terms and conditions, age, height or weight restrictions, security precautions. Please make it visible for your customers before booking the services as we can not offer refund on the spot. (details are at the tour information)

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