Spies & Masters: Cold War Tour in Budapest


Researcher of Cold War

Spies & Masters: Cold War Tour in Budapest

Spoken in: English

( 12 reviews ) star City tour Budapest 1 - 10 watch_later 3.5 hour
  • Private collection of never seen before photos
  • Visit secret locations of AVO
  • Listen to authentic stories about Cold War
  • Admire beautiful landmarks along the way
  • Step back in time on a private history tour
  • Enjoy a tasty coffee in a local bar

You will meet here: Liberty Square

What you can expect

This private tour of the Communism Budapest will take you along some of the most important scenes of the crucial events in those decades. The sinister days of everyday life behind the Iron Curtain will come to life as I will tell you about the surveillance methods and terror tactics of the secret police and how the Americans were gathering intelligence despite all of that.

We will meet at Szabadság tér, a symbolic place where the Soviet war memorial still stands right in front of the U.S. Embassy. From there, we will visit various parts of the city on both sides of the Danube, via some of the beautiful landmarks you would not want to miss anyway.

You'll get to see where it all happened: secret and less secret locations where spies, agents, and diplomats lived, met and conspired, fighting the Cold War in their own way. We will also visit some important locations of the 1956 Revolution, and see bullet holes still visible in the walls.

The tour is based on my own personal research for an upcoming book about the activities of the American Legation (Embassy) between 1945 and the 1956 Revolution. Most of the stories you'll you will hear have not been published anywhere yet. I also have a huge collection of exclusive photographs taken by the diplomats themselves, and also AVO surveillance photos to show.

During the tour, we'll stop for a coffee break at a really nice local venue. I'll tell you more about the stories that I found myself and give you recommendations based on your preferences. Let me know if you would like to see something in particular, I can design the tour to fit your preferences

This is the plan

Stop 1
Liberty Square: Symbolic place where the Soviet War Memorial and the U.S. Embassy stands
Stop 2
Parliament: And close to it a seemingly mundane American building with dense (and unpublished) Cold War history
Stop 3
Crossing the Danube on Margaret bridge, visiting secret meeting places with deadly history on the Buda side
Stop 4
Castle District: Cold war spy stories with stunning views

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City tour details

Private City tour
Mode of transport
Walking tour (cost included)
3.5 hour
Nr. of guests
1 - 10 persons
Meeting point
Liberty Square
Guest pick-up
possible (extra charges)
within 48 hours
  • checkFree cancellation up to 14 days before experience date
  • closeNo refunds within 14 days of experience date

What's included
checkPrivate guide
check1 non alcoholic drinks


Researcher of Cold War

12 reviews

Hi, I'm Ivan, a 37 year old freelance journalist and author with a passion about history & Budapest and a dislike towards trivial or banal things - even during a city tour. After years of research I have recently finished my book about the activities of the U.S. Legation (Embassy) in Hungary in the darkest days of Communism, from 1945 till the aftermath of the 1956 Revolution - so if you are interested in never heard before spy stories and a gripping tale of a Cold War struggle set in post-war Budapest, while actually seeing where all those things took place, I'll be happy to show you around. I promise you will see the beautiful landmarks of the city as well in the meantime. And of course, we don't have to talk about the Cold War exclusively - ask me about Mr Orbán, the alternative scene, music or Hungarian football, and then try to shut me up. Hope to see you soon!"

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