A dramatic trip with sites and stories
The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 was a spontaneous nationwide revolt against the brutal Communist regime and the Soviet military occupation. It was not long: two weeks of beautiful democracy and one week of heroic armed resistance throughout the streets of Budapest, with Molotow coctails against the Soviet tanks. Even if it was cruelly crushed, David won a moral victory against Goliat.
It was an event which on the long-term changed world history. We Hungarians did it! And its still today living memory makes us feel we can raise our heads with dignity.
Come with me to re-live the demonstrations, the euforic days, the personal stories of my parents, the street fights, the terrible revenge, the deep silence for 30 years after it, and our feelings about it today.
During this tour, we will see the sites of the battles and the biggest mass demonstrations of Europe since WW2. We start at the Parliament, where the martyr prime minister and the victims of the Communist massacres are commemorated. I will also show you where the Catholic church leader, Cardinal Mindszenty spent his asylum of 15 years in dark rooms. In a small park, we will see the names of Hungarian water polo players who won the Sidney Olympic games in 1956 in a bloody match against the USSR.
In the second part, we take the tram to southern Pest, where we visit first the Museum garden, with the memory of a student martyr. Then, we will see the Radio building where streets fights started. Finally, we will walk through Jozsef Town, the heaviest resistance area during the fights, and we finish in Corvin Passage. Here, 1000 revolutionaries, half of them teenagers armed with Molotow coctails, held out for one long week against 100. 000 Soviets and 4000 tanks! The most shocking memorial is there.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: On request.
Pick up is possible at your hotel if it is located in central Budapest (max. 2 miles from the center).
If not otherwise requested, I suggest meeting in Deak Square (M1, M2, M3 metro stops), in front of the white church - in case of rain at the metro entrance building.
End location: Corvin Passage at Corvin-negyed M3 metro stop
After the tour, I can help you in getting back to your hotel.
Duration: 4 hours
Mostly walking, though we will take the tram once during the tour
Estimated Local Cash Needed
350 HUF - for public transport (~1.5 USD)
My tours are only by walking and using public transportation. While I'm not a driver, I can arrange private car/van for you if needed.
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Our 1956 Revolution Tour with Adam was great! His enthusiasm for Budapest and her history made the tour really special. We learned so much not only about the revolution which was another tragic moment in Hungarian history but also about the birth of the nation up until today. As we know, history creates who we are as a people. Hungarian are a very proud people and it was wonderful to learn from an authority on the Revolution. Especially poignant to tour during commemoration days. Highly recommend