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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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  • All this attraction will cost you is time...and perhaps tears as you consider the victims of the Hungarian Holocaust. It's easy to miss as you walk by, but if you stroll the riverbank just a couple hu...  more »
  • There are a lot of attractions in Budapest. But for me this was one that really hit home. Stunning setting on the River Danube, with a beautiful view, and a truly remarkable memorial, a must see. 
  • In splash zone when visiting the city a touch sad history of the country that we must stop and reflect very touching the context of how it happened.
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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.