Retro-Communist Tour

35 EUR / 30 GBP, approx. 3,5 hours. Meeting point: 14:00 hrs at Szt. István tér, Basilica. Bike with us into the past and discover socialist left-overs. It is a tour full of contrasts and surprises.

from/per person 35
  • Historical Tour
  • 3,5 hrs.
  • 12 km
  • 12 stops
  • Live Guide


Basic info:

Duration: approx. 3,5 hours
Meeting point: 14:00 at Szt. István tér, Basilica
Price: EUR 35,00 / Huf 12500 / GBP 30

Corona Virus update: Bike tours are safe, as we move outdoors and natural distance is kept by the character of a bike tour. No mask required, we want to see your 🙂 . Bikes are disinfected regularly!

What are we going to see?

Join us and dive into a time (not so) long bygone and and certainly not forgotten, when one couldn’t easily take pictures without consequences and the concept of bike paths was still entirely foreign.

Let us show you some of the remarkable reminders of communism spread throughout Budapest: old monuments, prefabricated buildings, and old industries that were widespread and popular in the times of communism. This tour will show you both sides of the Danube, Margaret Island and all the central bridges with amazing views.

To freshen up at the end of the tour, the price includes a refreshment at a cute retro café.

Click here for a short video!

Tour highlights

St. Stephens Basilica: History and Puskas, best soccer player in communism

Szabadság Tér:  The 1956 Revolution, Soviet Monument

Parliament and Kossuth Square, where the 1956 Revolution against Communist rule started

Margaret island: Communist monument, Palatinus pools – built to relax the working class

Obuda prefabricated buildings: destruction of old buildings, biggest socialist style prefab building of Hungary

Ganz Industrial Museum

Millenáris Park: steel industry until 1989, now a vivid cultural centre

Batthány ter: HEV local train station with historic East Gearman railcars

The Gellért  Bath and the Cave Church, which was closed down by the communists

Great Market Hall and former Karl Marx University

Vaci utca: only pedestrian shopping area during communism

Deak Square with the Central Bus Station in Communism, now the Design Terminal

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