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Memento Park, Budapest

3.3
#8 of 128 in Museums in Hungary
Specialty Museum Museum
Visit the statues of Lenin, Marx, and Engels at Memento Park, an open-air museum dedicated to influential figures from the country's Communist period. Designed by Hungarian architect Akos Eleod, the park features 42 of the statues that were removed from the city after the fall of Communism. Check out a replica of Stalin's boots, which became a symbol of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 after the statue of Stalin was pulled down from its pedestal. Although located a distance from city center, the park is easily accessible via shuttle bus or public transportation from the downtown area. Use our Budapest travel itinerary maker to visit Memento Park on your trip to Budapest, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Memento park is located a bit outside the citycenter but it's easy to reach by sub and bus anyway. The green line eastbound to the end (approx 10min from center) then bus ca 15 min. The park is cool w...  more »
  • On a very hot day this was a interesting insight in the past, the statues could have done with more description explaining their significance or the offer of a guide book would have been good. The pla...  more »
  • Inconvenient to reach. Feeling of desolation. No guide to help you decipher the various statues.
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  • The place is well maintained. But maybe a bit of printed marketing material or mobile compatible info like the historical origins of each monument would have been nice given the entry price was €5 per adult. I call this the graveyard of communism.
  • Despite having only 41 statues within the park, Memento Park definitely would leave you with a deeper insight about the Soviet past of Hungary and each statue has a story behind it (I'd definitely ask you to purchase the guide). Another interesting point to note is the central patch of grass has a Soviet star pattern in the middle. Also, don't be shy to check the souvenirs you could get, I ended up buying a whole lot as they are period specific and real and is something uncommon back home (for anyone from Southeast Asia).
  • Sombre reminder of the cold war past. More meaningful for us who grew up in the cold war era. It's a bit out if the way and takes about an hour to get to from main tourist area by taking a combination of subway, tram, and several buses. Worth the trip.
  • I love that they haven't forgotten history, but a little money spent on the maintenance of the memorials would be nice. It is a long way out and not really exciting, but interesting still.
  • The park is a little out side the main tourist area but if you're into history (particularly the Soviet occupation of eastern europe) then this park is worth putting down on the agenda to visit. To get a little information on each monument you do have to buy the guide, which is why I gave a 4 instead of a 5. There's also only a handful that have a plaque translated in English to know what it was commemorated for but it is a must for sight seeing.

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