STATUES AND GHOSTS OF COMMUNIST DICTATORSHIP
Open EVERY day from 10 am to dusk
TICKETS: HUF 1500, students: HUF 1000
Budapest XXII district (South Buda), corner of Balatoni u. - Szabadkai
PARK - STATUE 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
NOTES IN THE VISITORS’ BOOK CALL THE PARK “AMAZING,
CREEPY AND SHOCKING”.
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.
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 and
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.
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.
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.
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
season (between May and October). Tour fee (not includes the admission
fee): HUF 1200/person
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).
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
Every day at 11 am, also at 3 pm in 16. July - 28. August from
tér, in the centre of Budapest (m1, m2, m3), departs from
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.