Memento Park, Budapest

3.3
#7 of 255 in Museums in Hungary
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 trip planner to add Memento Park and other attractions to your Budapest vacation plans.
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  • The idea is fun and original. Just that there is such a place. Say though that is one attraction is a bit much. It is a curiosity that though we must be able to situate historically not to fall into doubt. So if there's nothing else to do right there but certainly not to be missed. Polite and affable manage.
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  • A bit away from regular tourist traffic flows. However we can easily be reached by taxi with little expense of downtown Budapest (by agreeing in advance with the driver). The Park should be visited, perhaps some indication in addition about historical references to statues (which are those that were in Budapest before the fall of the Soviet Union-linked system). Some statues are really impressive. Nice vintage Trabant and interesting-time movie about the spy world of iron curtain. A bit harder to leave, since getting a cab in place has not been an easy task: but then came. The ticket-seller was uncooperative, just a simple phone call to Hungarian, using our mobile: but it is justified by saying that it wasn't his job. Thanks, eventually everything solved. Small detail that does not invalidate an experience definitely suggestive and poorly linked to mass tourism.
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  • After listening to the troubled history of Hungary we couldn't help but go visit the Park. Get there and quite complicated: we had the car even though Google Maps made us make mistakes ... better follow the signs (small but sufficient in the joints). Get a bus right under the park but don't know which one. However, on the site of the Park, there are all the info you need to get there.
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  • Fantastic activity to do while in Budapest. I recommend getting the shuttle bus and the guided tour because the statues don't any explanations or descriptions so it was great to have the guide tell us about them.
  • A current topic! Contentious statues from history (and what to do with them). Hungary was "liberated" by the Soviets in 1945. The early years were pretty awful. Finally in 1989 the Communists' gave up their monopoly on power. So what to do with unpopular socialist-realism public art. Many were destroyed, but some sculptures were relocated to a park on the edge of the city. Not as a celebration/condemnation, but as a memory/museum (and interesting for tourists and photographers).
  • Entrance Fee is 5€. It's a neat little park, filled with statues from Hungarian communism. Next to it and Stalin's boots you can find a little museum as well. The ticket is valid for both. At the entrance you can also buy original postcards from the time for cheap, which I found quite cool.
  • I expected more. There are only a few interesting statues out of about 30. They're already highlighted in the brochure. It's like an ok comedy where you've already watched the funniest scenes in a preview.
  • Some statues about the communist period in Hungary. It's kinda expensive (1500HUF - 5€). It can be seen in 15-30 min. Some statues without information or guide. It is convenient to buy a book that serves as entry with information about the historical period. It's recommendable for those interested in communism in Hungary. Besides, it's a bit far from the city. We'll connected by bus and train, though.l

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