Communist Budapest: Life and Politics in the Soviet Block

Travel back in time to 20th-century communist Hungary through this expert-guided, small-group tour. Immerse yourself in the city’s top sites that set the stage for some of the country’s most influential historical events. Enjoy a fascinating glimpse into what life was like in Budapest under Stalin’s rule, as well as Kádár’s softer “goulash communism”.

3 hours $65

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Highlights of This Tour

Today, Budapest enjoys a lot of the same luxuries of most modern cities in Europe; however, remnants and relics of communism are still heavily dispersed around the city, offering up a unique and eye-opening perspective of life under a communist regime.

From Stalin’s rise and fall to the Hungarian revolution of 1956 to Kadar’s soft dictatorship, this tour escorts you through the city to uncover these critical events in the city’s history, visiting important sites such as Bambi Eszpresszó, Bem Jószef Square, Freedom Square, the former People’s Stadium and outside the House of Terror.

During your tour, you’ll gain in-depth knowledge of the day-to-day life of the Hungarian people while standing in the same spot as revolutionaries and protestors that helped change the face of the country.

Discover the meaning of “goulash communism”, and find out why Hungary was once called, “the happiest barrack on the Soviet bloc”. Through old photos, your guide will show you the stark contrast between the city’s current-day topography and what it once looked like under communist regime.

Why I Recommend This Tour

While it’s easy enough to visit many of these historical sites on your own, this tour provides knowledgeable guides that offer up cool facts and lesser-known insights that you wouldn’t know by visiting these historical locations alone.

Having an expert guide at your disposal will provide you with detailed background into the significance of these specific areas of the city and instill a newfound appreciation for what the city went through during communism and the revolution.

Hajnalka Módis
Founder of Budapest Local

  Tour Price

  Group Size

2 to 6 people


3 hours


Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 10am or 2pm

  Private Tours

This tour is available daily as a private tour.

  Your Guide

Guides on this tour are professors, doctoral students, historians, journalists, art critics and published authors.

  Additional Information

Please note that this experience is part of our recommended tours and activities and it is offered by one of our partner companies.

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