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GIGANTIC STATUES AND GHOSTS OF COMMUNIST DICTATORSHIP


Memento Park Open EVERY day from 10 am to dusk
TICKETS: HUF 1500, students: HUF 1000
Budapest XXII district (South Buda), corner of Balatoni u. - Szabadkai u.
www.mementopark.hu


MEMENTO PARK - STATUE PARK
THE MEMENTO PARK IS TRULY ONE OF THE MOST SPECTACULAR AND IMPRESSIVE EXHIBITIONS IN HUNGARY. THIS UNIQUE THEME PARK PROVIDES A LAST GLIMPSE BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN. IT IS A SPECTACULAR AND IMPRESSIVE HISTORICAL PRESENTATION, EVOKING THE YEARS WHEN SOCIALISM WAS A PART OF REAL LIFE. IT IS A MUST-SEE IN BUDAPEST, WITH SEVERAL HUNDRED TONS OF COMMUNISM AT ONE PLACE! NOTES IN THE VISITORS’ BOOK CALL THE PARK “AMAZING, CREEPY AND SHOCKING”.


Statue of Lenin


Statue Park
The Statue Park is a collection of the communist monuments that were removed from the streets and squares of Budapest at the fall of the system. Among many others, displayed here are the statues of the soviet soldier that once stood on Gellért Hill, Lenin, Dimitrov, Ostapenko, Captain Steinmetz, Marx, Engels, Béla Kun and the Monument to the Hungarian Socialist Republic.

Exhibition
In the “most cheerful barrack” within the park there is a photo-exhibition on the 1956 revolution, the 1989-90 political changes and the 50th anniversary commemoration held at the Memento Park in 2006. 
The Grandstand


The Grandstand and Stalin’s Boots

The grandstand is a 1:1 replica of the tribune where leading communist comrades would stand waving at marching crowds that were forced to happily celebrate on state holidays. Stalin’s boots are mounted above the tribune. A crowd of people revolting against communist oppression pulled down the statue of Soviet party secretary, state leader and Commander-in-chief Stalin on the 23rd of October, 1956.


Red Star Store
The gift shop is a sure find for unique paraphernalia relating to the communist era. Soviet souvenirs, fun t-shirts, mugs, postcards, posters with the images and wisdom of the “classics” of communism. Vintage-souvenirs from the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s, music CDs with communist movement marches, Red Army medals, books, and documentaries of the era and many other odd items are also available. 
The cinema

Cinema
A cinema is waiting for visitors in the barrack, where The Life of an Agent is being shown continually. This documentary, taking excerpts from original training films, explains the methods and operation of the communist secret service. The main topics covered by the film are: bugging devices and their positioning, house-searches, recruitment methods and effective networking. It is made up of four 15-minute-long parts, and visitors can join the showing at any part.

Personal guided tour
Take the guided tour to get to know secrets personal experiences, gossips, funny and heart-aching stories from the communist era. Tours in English lasting 50 minutes starting from the entrance to Memento Park are available daily at 11:45 - and several times a day during high season (between May and October). Tour fee (not includes the admission fee): HUF 1200/person

Trabant

Trabant

This famous “people’s car”, one of the most popular picture-taking spots at the park. The car Trabant, its body made of pressed plastic units, was a unique product of the Eastern part of torn Germany (German Democratic Republic or GDR).
Statue

Public transport

a./ From the corner of Bocskai út and Fehérvári út (Allee Shopping Center, tram No 4, 18, 41, 47, 61) by bus No 150 to Memento Park stop. Departing every 20 minutes (30 minutes at the weekend).
b./ From the Volánbusz terminus next to Kelenföldi PU. - Kelenföldi Railway Station - (bus No 7E, 173E, tram No 19, 49) by bus No 710, 720, 721 or 722 leaving from the to the Memento Park stop.

Direct bus transfer
Every day at 11 am, also at 3 pm in 16. July - 28. August from Deák tér, in the centre of Budapest (m1, m2, m3), departs from the stop bearing a “Memento Park” timetable. Direct bus tickets: HUF 4500 (students: HUF 3500) includes the return fare and admission to Memento Park. Tickets can be purchased on the bus.



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