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Budapest: 3-Hour Trabant Sightseeing Tour

1. Budapest: 3-Hour Trabant Sightseeing Tour

Tour Budapest’s communist-era monuments behind the wheel of an original Trabant! There’s no better way to get into the nostalgia of Budapest’s past than with in an original Trabant 601. More than 3 million Trabants, or paper Jaguars as they’re affectionately known, were manufactured during the time the vehicle was in production. This is the car that features a 2-stroke engine and is said to be made of paper and plastic. Its 26-horsepower engine will take you from 0-60 kilometers per hour in 21 seconds! To drive a Trabant you need to start by checking the fuel dip-stick to ensure that the tank isn’t empty, and then open the fuel tap. After pushing down the clutch pedal, you shift to first gear, and then you’re off. It’s recommended that you visit the Communist Statue Park, the Ecseri flea market, and the typical prefabricated blocks of flats built in the 1970s and 1980s. Alternatively, you can take a more normal tour of the major city attractions. If you’d like to continue your Trabant adventure, you can also book your airport transfer with a Trabant! Please note that in order to drive the Trabant a valid driving license is required.

Budapest: Memento Park Ticket

2. Budapest: Memento Park Ticket

Discover gigantic monuments of the communist dictatorship and learn the history of this era in Hungary. At the end of the communist era, all statutes were removed from the streets of Budapest and set up in this park as a reminder of the era. Memento Park portrays the fall of communism in a unique way. On arrival, you will see Stalin's enormous grandstand, a replica of the one that used to stand in the former Parade square where Socialist holidays were celebrated by the leaders of the party and the state. You can also learn about the historical background by exploring the photo exhibition and watching the documentary titled "The Life of an Agent." The park isn't all serious either. You can always pose for a selfie with the statue of Lenin or some Soviet Red Army soldiers.

Budapest Half-Day Tour: Life Behind the Iron Curtain

3. Budapest Half-Day Tour: Life Behind the Iron Curtain

Take a private full-day tour of sites in Budapest that memorialize Hungary’s time behind the Iron Curtain, and learn about life during that era. Visit the Citadella to learn about the siege of Budapest toward the end of World War II, which was the beginning of the story of the country’s occupation. Admire the Liberty Statue, or Freedom Statue, the huge monument erected in 1947 on Gellert Hill. The Liberty Statue was originally dedicated to the Russian troops, and with a pedestal 26 meters high and the statue another 14 meters it is probably the tallest of its kind in Europe. It’s now considered a universal symbol of freedom and is an important feature in the city’s panorama. You’ll also visit the Terror House, a museum dedicated to those who fell victim during the Communist era (audio-guide included). Other monuments that your guide will show you include statues of famous personalities of the era, including Marx, Lenin, and Ostapenko. The Memorial of the Hungarian-Soviet Friendship, and many others erected from 1945-1989, were relocated from the city to the open-air museum of Memento Park. The collection of 42 pieces includes the 6-meter-high statue of the Liberation Army Soldier as well. Finish the tour with a more joyful memory of the era with a ride on the Children’s Railway in the Buda hills. Originally known as the Pioneer’s Railway, it opened in 1949, operated by children aged 10-14 years.

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What people are saying about Memento Park

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 328 reviews

The place is quite far away from Budapest, in the middle of nowhere, and if public transport is used, it can become quite tiresome. I recommend a guide to explain the history of these statues and decent weather, summer with super hot temperatures is not the best time, as the place is out in the open. Otherwise the statues are impressive.

Excellent, I highly recommend

An original way for us to say goodbye to Budapest where we have been living for more than 2 years. Our guide Attila spoke French very well and enhanced this visit with various anecdotes while telling us the history of the highlights of this superb city. Really very nice to do we do not see the 3 hours go by.

Powerfully preserved problematic past.

The Hungarians know how to honor and present their past, even the most difficult of history. I recomemd a viset to the House of Horror before coming to see the statues, and do not miss the film in the shed, creepy and informative. But if it is hot, leave the elderly at home, there is no shade or breez.

Fun way too see Buda and Pest

Informative driver. Great way to see an overview of the city. Not for tall people. Car is very, very small. Probably not very safe since 30 plus years old. Disappointed just a little over 2. 5 hours but by then we were ready to get out of the car.

Nice guides, in the three hours we saw a lot and learned a lot about Budapest. The ambience in the two-stroke engine is extraordinary, and my children liked it too