A walking tour "behind the Iron Curtain"
If you wish to go off the beaten track and dig yourself into the exclusive sides of Budapest, follow me through the heart of the city to hear stories from one of the darker periods of Hungarian history and discover some of the heroes and villains of WWII, Nazism, the Cold War occupation, the 1956 Uprising and the entire Communist era, to the transition to parliamentary democracy in the late 1980s.
My grandfather was born during the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy's time more than a 100 years ago, my dad lived through WWII and the 1956 freedom fight, and I was born in an age when Hungary was still under the dominance of the Soviets - therefore I have a lot of personal experience and authentic stories to tell you during this tour.
This walking tour starts at the Parliament at the famous Shoe Memorial and Tank Massacre Memorial of Budapest. These emblematic places were the main venues of several events during Hungary's alliance with Nazi Germany in World War II.
A few steps away, Budapest's government area at Liberty Square takes the visitor back in time to locations of Hungary's 1956 Revolution against the Soviet oppression (Soviet Memorial, H. H. Bandholtz Statue, Carl Lutz Memorial, President R. Reagan Statue, Prime MInister Imre Nagy Memorial, F4 Bunker, US Embassy, etc. ).
After a refreshing coffee and cake break, we proceed to the underground "Hospital in the Rock" WWII Hospital and Bunker Museum in the belly of the Castle Hill. Learn about the siege of Budapest during World War II and the Cold War Period in detail.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: The Hungarian Parliament's Visitor Centre (at the Northern Corner of Kossuth Square, Budapest) OR your hotel, according to preliminary agreement.
End location: The "Hospital in the Rock" Museum (Lovas út 4/a, Budapest) OR your hotel, according to preliminary agreement.
Duration: 4 hours
It is a walking tour that covers a distance of approximately 1,5 miles. Public transportation is also used during the tour.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
5000 Hungarian forints - Purchase of items of a personal nature, souvenirs, etc.
N.B. Please note that credit cards are also accepted for payment.
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Nikolett is by far one of the most knowledgable tour guides I have been in contact with. She knows this city from front to back and practically answered any question I had about the city. She also was able to put a customized tour together for me. I would highly recommend her for her services and would use her again if I ever return back to the city. A+++++ all the way.