Shoes on the Danube Bank, Budapest

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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. Using our world travel planner, Budapest attractions like Shoes on the Danube Bank can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Encountered during a walk along the River, this installation is very well done and full of meaning. Council to stop by!
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  • August 17, 2017
    There is a great story behind these shoes on the river bank...as to the Germans killing many people at the end of the war... BUT....the event did not take place here, and it is not accurate at to how ...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    As much as we know from history, not leave to be shocking to see these shoes on the shore and what pay homage.
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  • May 15, 2017
    Take a stroll along the Danube towards the Parliament and you'll encounter these shoes. They're a grim yet beautiful memorial to the horrors of the Jewish Holocaust in Danube. Apart from the great photos and the tranquil atmosphere of walking along the river, the shoes also gave a sense of quiet discomfort; they're arranged as if their owners (men, women, and children alike) simply took off their shoes and vanished into the Danube en masse. Definitely worth a visit.
  • July 5, 2017
    Good spot to learn about the country's history. A very sad story behind these statues. Not a place for taking funny pictures
  • June 30, 2017
    An art installation to remind us of a very cruel past Europe. A rllll It wasn't that long ago that these atrocities happened and hope this has taught most of us a lesson to never let this type of transgression repeat itself!
  • May 31, 2017
    One of the most beautiful memorial place in Budapest. A place you have to see and respect. Makes everyone think about the past
  • June 4, 2017
    Really beautiful. Mad me very sad. Must see for people who like history.

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