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Shoes on the Danube Promenade Memorial, Budapest

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The emotional exhibit, Shoes on the Danube Promenade Memorial 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 Promenade Memorial can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This memorial is very poignant. It is worth reading a little about it in advance of visiting in order to fully appreciate it. 
  • Truly moving. We visited in the early morning when the river was covered in a think fog. Shadows of the palace and chain bridge standing somber behind a veil of white. Dozens of people moved along the...  more »
  • Visited this memorial in early February, it sits adjacent the parliament building and is well worth a visit, great way to pay respect to those that lost there lives 
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  • Strong experience of the horrible holocaust. Small attractions but worth visitng. Just for reminder - 600,000 jews were killed by the hungarians after they joined Germany
  • The shoes on the Danube are a beautiful tribute and a must see if you are in Budapest. The memorial feels quite haunting, especially if you have read the story behind their being there.
  • Both the parliament building and the monument to the Jewish population from WW2 are powerful reminders of the past. Definitely worth visiting to feel it's full affect.
  • A very important memorial just to remind us how cruel human being might be. How easily brain wash can turn people into animals. How dangerous a political ideology might be.
  • The shoes on the Danuba are a painfull reminder to the crulness of the humam kind. We were choked at the sight of thos testimonial objects. It was amazing to see people from all over the world paying their respect.