Welcome to the Cold War Walking Tours Budapest website. I am Iván, and I will be your guide.
This tour will be different from any other thing.
Yes, we will see beautiful landmarks and amazing view of the city, but we will experience Budapest’s dark Cold War history from a totally unique perspective. Our focus will be the overt and covert struggle between Western diplomats and the Hungarian State Security (ÁVO) from 1945 until the violent uprising in 1956.
You will get to see where it all happened: secret and not so secret locations where spies, agents and diplomats lived, met and conspired, fighting the Cold War in their own way.
You will hear about real people, flesh and blood, with a name, with their own flaws and virtues, caught up in history.
The tour is based on my personal research in the Hungarian State Security Archives and conducting numerous interviews with eyewitnesses and survivors. I also have a huge collection of exclusive photographs taken by the diplomats themselves, and also ÁVO surveillance photos to show in each location.
I am looking forward to tell you all about it soon.