Shoes on the Danube Bank, Budapest

4.6
The emotional exhibit, Shoes on the Danube Bank pays tribute to Jewish victims killed along the Danube during World War II. View the 60 pairs of iron 1940s-style shoes that represent the footwear left behind by the Jews who were forced to stand barefoot at the river's edge to be shot by Arrow Cross militiamen during the Holocaust. Sculptor Gyula Pauer and filmmaker Can Togay designed and created this moving memorial, which was erected in 2005. Experience this powerful installation in between your visits to other nearby sites, such as the Parliament building, which is just a short walk away. Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Budapest trip simple and quick.
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  • This simple memorial is very sobering and sad, but a must see when in Budapest in my opinion. We must never forget the atrocities that were committed there.  more »
  • I cried at this sight It was so real to see those shoes on the river walk. I think it reminds me of how happy I am to have my freedom in my country, and how lucky I am to be just be living. It is a...  more »
  • Really striking memorial. Took a lot away from this and felt really moved. You can notice the shoes from the bridge walking from the parliament building, getting close to them really powerful...  more »
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  • Never forget! Shocking and intense vibe! One should not miss this memorial! People respecting the meaning even placing candles and flowers for the fallen. Horrible peace of history, incredible and nice memorial, to be able to remember. One should be strong to stand next to the shoes, knowing the meaning. Absolutely shocking.
  • amazing views of the lighted buildings including the Citadel the palace on the hill and the Parliament building and the three bridges. A definite recommend. It probably is the scenic highlight of Budapest. Please consider the night mode on your camera to capture the best pictures.
  • Visited here as part of my first visit to Budapest and for Christmas. A very moving and respectful piece of art to mark a truly dark time in our history. Please read what happened here before you visit to fully appreciate and respect it.
  • Never forget. This architecturally simple, yet gripping memorial, serves to remind us of the thousands of innocent lives that were lost on the banks of the Danube. It is easy to get there and large enough to see, even in large crowds.
  • Water attracts everyone. Danube river gives the perfect attraction by having its wide size and different beautiful locations arround it. Hungarian parliament is also located on its edge. Night view full of lights, cold breeze and light smell. Love it!

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