A free walking tour all about Budapest under the rule of the Soviet regime which would appeal to all those interested in local life in Hungary’s capital, not just history buffs. The remarkable stories from life behind the iron curtain and that of the uprising against the communist dictatorship are revealed by local guides who share the experience of life in post-communist Hungary, the lasting effect of this very recent history and embracing of democracy on their lives today and how the communist era has affected the philosophy, economy, education, healthcare and much more in the country. This tour really brings to life what Budapest would have been like during the period under the control of Stalin’s Russia and includes many important sights, monuments, examples of propaganda and much more related to this turbulent and very interesting time in Budapest’s history. The guides really know their stuff and it is obvious that they feel it is important to know about their communist history to better understand the society they live in today and equally for us, the visitor, to ‘get’ the Budapest of today in a very real and personal way. We happily recommend doing this free walking tour when in Budapest, even if you’re not into cold war history – it is very relevant today and will only serve to add more colour to your Budapest experience.
Discover Budapest’s communist past on our renowned ‘Free Red Budapest Tour’. Occupied by Communist Soviet Russia after WW2, it was to become Hungary’s darkest time. Under the oppression of the Soviet regime, Hungarians were subject to intense surveillance. Punishments and even executions were carried out with regularity. But the Hungarians did not take this sitting down. Learn about the 1956 rebellion and how they fought against the Red Army, hear true stories and gain a huge insight into this time of Hungarian history on this thrilling 2.5 hour tour with our local guides.
This tour includes:
Vörösmarty square — The little princess — Liberty statue — Interactive fountain — National Museum — Freedom Bridge — the F4 object — Liberty square — Imre Nagy — Eternal flame of 1956 — Parlament
“Three very good tours”
Reviewed on June1, 2016
We went on the general walking tour and the red tour with Regi and the Jewish tour with Andris. All three tours were funny, informative and enjoyable. The guides were local and spoke very good…
“Great tour by a great guide”
Reviewed on June1, 2016
Regi did a great job at guiding us through Budapest, not only did she mention alot of small interesting details, but she also tried to make us feel good by making alot of jokes. Great job!
“Fabulous City, fabulous guide.”
Reviewed on May 30, 2016
The tour with Erika was fabulous. Her enjoyable explanations about Budapest made history come alive before us. Although we were a large group she was very patient with all our inquiries. Furthermore…
The closest metro station to St. Stephen’s Basilica is Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út Metro station (yellow line). This would leave you at Andrássy Avenue which is one of the main streets of Budapest, from there you can easily see the back of the Basilica (It is the highest building in town, can’t miss it babe!) So just walk there and you’ll find us in front of the Basilica. Look for the guides in light-blue HostelCulture T-shirt!
Budapest is a very walkable city, you can get to the main attractions in 15 mins walking and St. Stephen’s Basilica is the biggest church in Budapest and also the highest building of the city (together with the Parliament) so is difficult to miss it out. You can walk to St. Stephen’s Basilica from your Hostel, just make sure you take our flyer-map.
Things to note
Booking for this tour is recommended to reserve your space specially during high season. This helps us to guarantee you’ll receive a top quality tour!