Guided tour

Budapest: Communist History Tour with House of Terror Option

4.7 / 5

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Activity provider: Tourist Angel

Budapest: Communist History Tour with House of Terror Option

Activity provider: Tourist Angel

From US$ 48.27 per person

Discover the Communist past of Budapest on this guided tour. Choose to join a guided walk with a visit to the more lighthearted Budapest Retro Museum or visit the shocking House of Terror.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit any of two breathtaking museums to revive a dramatic past
  • Learn about the Communist regime from a local tour guide trained in history
  • Gain insight into the unspoken secrets of the youth of the present day elderly Hungarians
Full description

Travel back in time to the 45-year long Communist period in Hungary under Soviet military occupation with one of these two exciting guided tour options. Choose the walking tour option to go on a guided walking tour of the Budapest city center and visit the Budapest Retro Museum. Enhance your experience by choosing the option of the House of Terror.

Meet your guide and begin a historical walk from the Parliament to the Budapest City Center. Start from the magnificent Hungarian Parliament, where you will see dramatic monuments, including the one commemorating the many victims of the red dictatorship. 

Continue to Liberty Square, where you will find the Soviet Liberation Memorial, the last Communist monument of the city in its original place. Hear about and see sites from the Hungarian anti-Soviet revolution of 1956. 

See the famous windows of Budapest, where Hungary's anti-Communist Catholic Church leader Cardinal Mindszenty spent the many years of his exile. Explore the ventilation channels of a secret underground nuclear bunker built in the years of the Cold War.

After the walk, be invited to a 1-hour guided visit in Budapest Retro Museum. This unique collection displays street views, typical vehicles, the astronauts of the Soviet-Hungarian space flight, real interior home designs, and thousands of objects from the period of the 1960-1980.

The museum is arranged over 3 floors in a fun and interactive way. Dress as a Communist comrade, or you can try to be a TV news presenter of the time.

Choose the option of the House of Terror and uncover the secrets of the former seat of AVO State Protection Police (the local version of the Soviet KGB). See how it was faithfully restored to commemorate the many victims of the most brutal period of Communist dictatorship of the 1940s and 50s. 

Follow your guide to learn about Hungary from WWII through Nazi rule to Soviet Communist occupation. Among others, you will see many documents of the life and economy of the 1950s, interrogation and torture rooms, the office room of the dreaded director, and the "Justice room" of political show trials.

Head to the basement, where a part of the original prison cells were faithfully restored. View the various special rooms, a "wet cell", a "foxhole," a detention cell, a torture chamber and an execution room with gallows. 

The last part of the exhibition shows the 1956 revolution against Soviet occupation and Communist rule, and its consequences, the retaliation and mass emigration. Finally, visit the Hall of Tears commemorating the victims, the Perpetrators' Wall, and the memorial of Soviet troops leaving Hungary.

Includes
  • Professional tour guide
  • Communist-themed walking tour (if Communist History Walking Tour option selected)
  • Entry ticket to Budapest Retro Museum or House of Terror (depending on the selected option)

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    Important information

    Not allowed

    • Cameras
    • Luggage or large bags
    • Video recording

    Know before you go

    •  The tour is not provided by the museum. The tour guide is an autonomous professional, not an employee of the museum.
    • Please do not look for your ticket in the ticket office. You will receive it from your tour guide at the meeting point.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 27 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
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    • Value for money
      4.3/5

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    Overall it was a good experience. The museum has very interesting historical information in connection with WW II and communism era in connection with Hungary. The guide was very young and her English was not great which made it very difficult to understand her explanations. You could tell she was passionate about this issue and that it was close to her heart as apparently it affected her family directly. However, because of the language barrier her explanations were longer than necessary so the tour took a very long time. Also, her explanations were so thorough at times that it prevented us from looking at the exhibitions because we were listening to her . This is not a bad thing. My main comment really addresses the language issue. She was very knowledgeable .

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    December 19, 2022

    Original tour of this emblematic place of the dark history of this period, in the company of the sparkling and always friendly guide Noémi. We are lucky to have her back for a third visit, this time in English. His descriptions and comments were much appreciated. A pleasure to listen to passionate people.

    October 28, 2022

    Very knowledgeable guide, Naomi, which made the tour informative.

    December 2, 2022

    Product ID: 389878