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Memento Park, Budapest

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3.1/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web
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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  • The Park is situated a half hour bus journey to the South of the city. It has collected all the giga-the statues that Communism was so excited about, and that in his time "decked out" up the cityscape. Here, you see how the regime used these huge statues to impress? Mindreverdiggjøre? The population and those which, incidentally, visited the city. Well worth a visit. From Memento Park, it is by the way walking distance to Tropicarium and a shopping centre. (If you like to go, it also runs bus)
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  • The Park is situated a little bit outside of town, but is very easy to reach by public transport. Using the guide book which sold the Park to get to know the very interesting if the statues and their background. Well worth a visit if you are interested in history!
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  • Memento Park is where Budapest put their Communist-era statues after the fall of that regime. There is not a lot to see but the Park has numerous large and interesting statues to view, as well as othe...  read more »
  • This park was almost certainly placed far away from the center of the city purposefully. Memento Park is surrounded by a residential area so the stop is easy to miss if you aren't paying attention. Despite the trek, anyone interested in communism and the Soviet 'liberation' of Hungary shouldn't miss this attraction! The park is filled with giant statues of exaggerated party loyals who's presence was especially eery in the thick December fog. The gift shop is a great place to pick up unique souvenirs for your friends.
  • Great way to see some of the old monuments which were removed from around the city after the end of the cold war. It's a bit of a drive, but worth checking out. It's not very large, you probably only need 30-45 minutes here.
  • Some of the statues are pretty impressive. There is also an old car from the communist era you can actually go into and a phone you can use to hear recordings of communist leaders. There isn't much in the way of explanations of the monuments but there is an English name for each. Also there are some signs in English near the registration desk and fun souvenirs. The people who run this place certainly have a sense of humour! Some people are put off by the distance but the bus ride from the metro isn't that bad. It took about 10-15 minutes and it's nice to feel like you're in the country side without actually leaving Budapest. Check the page on their website with directions. At the very bottom, there is a pdf with a list of things to look out for during the bus route.
  • I thought there were plenty of statues. Across the street are also some poignant displays. I'm glad they have figured how to preserve this era of Hungarian history. The one regret is the exhibits have no connection to present day politics. Expect nothing but the mundaneness of the post-war era here.
  • It is very far outside of town and does not have as many statues as I expected. The main reason it even gets so many stars is because it is still a very unique experience and quite worthwhile. Note that it would be beneficial to either buy the accompanying guidebook from the front or take someone who understands the history pretty well since the statues have only short descriptions and not the history behind them.
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