"Statue Park" Memento Park - Szoborpark Tip by rexvaughan

Memento Park - Szoborpark, Budapest: 33 reviews and 71 photos

When the communist control of Hungary ended their statues and symbols were no longer popular (if they ever were) so they were removed. Someone had the foresight to salvage a large number of them and put them in a park southwest of the city. There they help locals remember and foreigners understand the nature of those times. Here you can see the big names, Marx, Lenin, etc. as well as the ?social realist? representations of workers and soldiers. It is sort of a retirement home for old socialist symbols.

There was a guide to show us around and explain what some of the statues represent which was very helpful. He was quite knowledgeable and had a pretty good sense of humor. A couple of his funny observations: ?The Communists were so strict that a porno film then was seeing Marx without his hat and coat? and defining a Communist sandwich as ?a chicken coupon between two bread coupons.?

You could drive or do a very complex public transportation trip but the best and easiest way is the tour that leaves from the Deak ter main bus terminal. The buses run daily at 11:00 and 15:00 March thru October and in July and August at 10:00 and 16:00. One guide book I read says that the bus stop is clearly marked with the Statue Park logo but that did not prove to be the case when we were there. Just read all the schedules on the post where buses are queing up and leaving. It isn?t that difficult, you just have to look for it a bit. Cost including the bus trip and admission to the park is 1950 Ft for the whole thing, but discounted to 1350 Ft with the Budapest Card. The trip to the park takes about 30 minutes and you have about 40 minutes in the park before the return trip so the whole venture is less than 2 hours and well worth the time and money.

Address: 1223 Budapest, Balatoni út - Szabadkai utca corner
Directions: Direct shuttle bus from Deak Ferenc ter; suburban bus from Etele ter (direction Diosd-Erd) to Bp., Szoborpark stop or bus 58 from Campona shopping center (take bus 3 or Teteny-busz to Campona).
Phone: +36 1 424 75 00
Website: http://www.szoborpark.hu

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 4, 2005
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