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Memento Park, Budapest

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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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  • This park contains a collection of statues, sculptures and monuments built during Hungary 's soviet-comunist era, that honour Lenin and the socialist theory. Instead of being destroyed, these sculptur...  more »
  • This small but interesting park has some fine examples of cold war statues and propaganda which are works of art in themselves if you forget about the reasons why they were produced in the first place...  more »
  • This isn't the first place you would visit if you don't have much time in Budapest, but it's worth the trip if you have the time. The Hungarians are very good at stating their history as it was - comm...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • It's a bit out of the main tourist drag, so takes a little bit of time to get to via public transport but is well worth it to get a perspective of Budapest's Soviet past. I got the guidebook, which I found helpful and we'll set out, but you could get a lot out of the park without it. The some of the stations are HUGE.
  • Offers a collection of statues and monuments in varying shapes and sizes from the communist era. Located 10-15 min drive outside the city center. Reasonable entrance fee and a pleasant experience if you have some hours to spend on culture and history.