Looking for an off-the-beaten-track attraction? Why not visit Memento Park in Budapest? This is an open-air museum that is dedicated to monumental statues from the communist period in Hungary.
Memento Park is open for visitors every day from 10 am until dusk. The tickets cost 1,500 Hungarian forints (approximately $6.65), and you can get a discount if you have an International Student Identity Card or a Budapest Card (the official city card).
At the park you will find sculptures of Engels, Marx and Lenin as well as many Hungarian communist leaders. You will also find plenty of gigantic statues that depict hard-working men and women and heroic soldiers, designed as propaganda to evoke the so-called glory of communism.
The park was created by the Hungarian architect Akos Eleod, who was the winner of the competition that was announced by the Budapest General Assembly.
After the communist regime in Hungary fell in 1989, these statues and monuments were removed from the city and were collected at the park. This interesting open-air museum will give you some insight into what was happening behind the Iron Curtain during the communist era. You can buy a booklet during your visit to learn about the story behind each statue.
- Website: www.szoborpark.hu
- Address: 1223 Budapest, Balatoni út
- Telephone: +36 1 424 7500
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How to Get There
The park is located just a bit out of the city center, and there are a couple of ways to get there. The first is the direct bus service to Memento Park. This departs from Deák Ferenc ter bus terminal in the city center. If you want to take the public transit, you could also take bus No. 150 from the corner of Bocskai ut and Fehervari ut.
Why not check out this odd park which has a collection of gigantic statues of communist rule? Creepy, amazing and shocking, it’s certainly something you have never seen before.
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