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The 1956 Revolution - Private Tour

Historians still argue what to call the events that were triggered by a peaceful solidarity rally of Hungarian students with the Polish people on October 23rd, 1956: a rebellion, revolt, uprising, popular uprising, revolution, counter-revolution, or War of Independence.

The best definition comes from Sándor Márai’s poem, Angel from heaven, written for the Christmas of 1956: “A nation said: Enough!”. 

The events of 1956 shook not only the communist world, but had lasting effects on world politics. The brief period of breathing “freedom at last” gave courage and strength to Hungarians to survive the rest of foreign tyranny until it finally collapsed in 1989.

per adult from

$100

AUD

Duration

3 hours

Pickup

Hotel pickup available

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  • What's included :
    • Handouts
    • A communism-related souvenir
    • Two free drinks, and a light snack.
    • Hotel pickup
    What's excluded :
    • Other drinks or food, public transportation tickets or pass
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Kossuth Lajos Square, Budapest Hungary

    We will visit Kossuth Square where the Hungarian parliament stands. Aside from several other impressive buildings on the square, we will see where, following a mass demonstration in 1956, dozens were massacred by the government.

    Duration: 25 minutes

    Stop At: Margaret Bridge, Budapest Hungary

    On the banks of the Danube, close to Margit Bridge, stands a building which in communist times was dubbed The White House. It was the Party HQ of the Hungarian communist government.
    We will visit this and also take a look at the statue of Imre Nagy, Prime Minister in 1956 who was later murdered.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Bem Jozsef Memorial, Bem ter, Budapest 1027 Hungary

    Going south from Margaret Bridge, we arrive to Bem Square. The square saw 200,000 Hungarian students protesting against Soviet rule in 1956, in a rally that was originally organized to support Polish workers.
    We will also visit Bambi Eszpresszó, a shelter for Buda-side intellectuals in Frankel Leó utca, has been going strong since the 1960s, and has maintained both the same atmosphere and the same interior design ever since.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Sandor Petofi Statue, Petofi ter, Budapest Hungary

    Sándor Petöfi was the key figure in the 1948 revolution, and as such he came to represent all struggle against government. The statue is a meeting point for political events and protesters still today.
    The famous actor Sinkovits Imre came here to the statue in 1956 and recited the words of Petöfi which incite revolution; he was subsequently arrested and imprisoned.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Hungarian National Museum, Muzeum Korut 14-16, Budapest 1088 Hungary

    Located along the tiny, one-way Sándor Bródy Street, Budapest’s Magyar Rádió Building (also known as Radio Budapest) is somewhat secluded from the city’s more bustling thoroughfares.
    The Radio building was one of the epicentres of fighting in 1956, and it was from here revolutionaries begged for help from the world at large.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Corvin Cinema, Budapest, Corvin köz 1, 1082 Hungary

    On the south-east part of Budapest's city, Corvin köz was the major resistance center, where in 1956 local youngsters fought the invading Russians with Molotov cocktails and guns they stole from soldiers to fight against Soviet tanks.
    We will look at the reminders of the battles here and talk about the invasion of 1956 and its aftermath.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Fiumei Road Graveyard, Budapest, Fiumei út 16-18, 1086 Hungary

    OPTIONAL EXTENSION: Imre Nagy - Hungary's Prime Minister in 1956, who was murdered by the Soviets - was buried here in an unmarked grave.
    In 1989 Nagy was reburied; many other significant figures from the revolution can be found here as well as an impressive memorial.

    Duration: 30 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We can meet you at whichever hotel you are staying in Budapest, or from a central point we agree upon.
    Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English - Guide, English - Written

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Fungarian

Activity ID: V-7353P11

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