Hammer and Sickle - Communist Walking Tour in Budapest


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Activity Level



Museums / Culture, Local Experience, Hiking and Walking, City


Kid Friendly: No.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 6



English (fluent), French (fluent), Hungarian (fluent)

Our life under Communism with an optional visit of the House of Terror

I'll show you monuments of our Communist past and will also explain to you how people lived in my beloved city during the Communist dictatorship. We'll finish the tour at the House of Terror where you can meet the victims and the victimizers of the Communist regime.

Hungary fell under Communist rule after WW2 and its new leaders not only changed the way of thinking and the everyday life of the people but the cityscape of Budapest, too. It's hard to believe that the shiny and glorious city was all black and grey when I was a child. I'd like to show you the very few Soviet Army Memorials left in Buda and Pest.

We'll see the monuments commemorating the 1956 revolution near the Parliament building and the Heroes square. I'd like to show you the examples of the Socialist-Realism architecture, so that you'll have a better understanding about how local people lived during the last 70 years.


We start the tour in the city center of Pest, we'll see the one and only Soviet Army Memorial of Pest and the secret atomic bunker from the 1960's. I'd like to tell you more about Hungarian's people heroic 1956 revolution against the Communist dictatorship near the Parliament building, I'll show you the monuments and a small exhibition commemorating the Hungarian freedom fighters.

I'll show you around the Heroes square and its neighborhood, so that I can show you more monuments erected in the memory of the brave heroes of the 1956 revolution. We'll finish the tour at the House of Terror museum with an optional visit in the museum.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Pick up at your hotel or agreed upon location.

End location: We finish the tour at the House of Terror, and we can return to your hotel or agreed upon location.

Duration: 4 hours


Walking, public transportation

What’s Included

My services as your private tour guide
Public transportation tickets (if needed)

Estimated Local Cash Needed

2000 HUF - Should you wish to buy snacks, drinks, or souvenirs.

What’s Extra

Entrance fees (optional):
- Visit of the House of Terror: HUF 3000 / person
Any personal purchases or souvenirs


I'm not a driver guide. In case of driving tours I arrange for a comfortable, air-conditioned car or minivan.

As a licensed guide, I have no restrictions guiding in museums and monuments in Hungary.

A Recent Review of this tour

My husband and I booked a private "communism" tour with Julia on July 9, 2018, which we really enjoyed! Julia met us in the lobby of our hotel and we spent a half-day walking around the city seeing the sights related to the communist period. Julia grew up in Budapest in the 80s and 90s so she provided very interesting insight about the communist period and the transition to democracy. Julia speaks fluent English and was a very engaging guide. Would definitely recommend this tour to a friend.
Nichole McCollum

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