Communist past tour

What to expect?

On our Communist Past tour you can understand a lot of what communism was in reality, how it influenced people’s lives then and now. Why was Hungary called the most cheerful barack of the Russian block? And a lot more…


4 hours minivan tour


minivan tour up to 4 people: 260 EUR + entrance fees
(for a group of more than 4 people please contact me for a quotation)

Highlights visited on the tour:

Memento Park – communist statues
1956’s uprising memorials at the Parliament
The only Russian monument in the city on Liberty square
House of Terror
56’s memorial in the City Park
Note: if you are interested in visiting the Memento Park and learning about this period but you want to see other highlights of Budapest as well, no problem. You either can book more tours with me, or we can combine sightseeing + some communist past sites.

Is this the perfect tour for you?

YES, if you are interested in history and the communist period.
YES, if you are not a first-timer in Budapest and have already seen the most famous highlights of the city.
YES, if you are at first time in Budapest but want to have a deeper insight into life during communism and have time to book more tours.

My tours are always tailored to your needs and interest so do not hesitate to let me know your special request when you contact me.

Detailed description

Communist Past ? It was my childhood. I have some personal stories to tell you and I really would like to give a historic overview of what was life like behind the iron curtain. Fortunately, it is over now, but does it still have an effect on today’s life? From certain points of view, yes…
In 1945 Hungary was liberated from the occupation of Nazi Germany by the Soviet Army. Soon turned out that this “liberation” was indeed another occupation and the Soviets implemented communist dictatorship in the country.

  • Where did the uprising start and what happened in 1956?
  • How life changed after the revolution?
  • What was the life behind the iron curtain like?
  • How people lived during communism?

I will answer all these questions while we are visiting the mementoes of the communist past.
In the tour we visit Memento Park where you will see statues removed from squares and streets of Budapest after the fall of the regime. Do not assume that it is just a collection of enormous sculptures! It is a very cleverly thought concept. With my explanation about the symbolism of the exhibition you will understand a lot about this period called: communist past. The whole atmosphere of the place is a real travel back to the past.
If you feel like you can try how comfortable the iconic Trabant, the two-cylinder East-German made car was. It didn’t become rusty. Why? Discover the secret.
As part of the exhibition, in the cinema “The Life of an Agent” is a documentary which gives an insight into communist secret service operation, its methods for collecting information and its network of informers.
After coming back from Memento Park to the city center we will visit the places, squares which played an important role in history, the square at the Parliament where the Uprising started in 1956, the statue of Imre Nagy who was the leader of the uprising and was executed later by communists. On Liberty Square wee will see the only Soviet Memorial remaining in town after the change of the regime.
We can finish the tour at a retro bar decorated with reliquaries of this period or at the House of Terror Museum (note: it’s closed on Monday!) where you can continue learning about the communist past.

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    My name is Magdi Pelech. I am a licenced Budapest tour guide. Would you like to have a unique private tour experience? Do you feel like having a Budapest sightseeing tour with an entusiastic guide?

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