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.
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”.
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.
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 Stalin’s Boots
The grandstand is a 1:1 replica of the tribune where leading communist comrades had stand ; waving at marching crowds that were forced to 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 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 images and wisdom of the “classics” of communism. Furthermore 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.
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 depart from the entrance to Memento Park daily at 11:45 – and several times a day during high season (between May and October). Duration 50 minutes, tour fee (does not include the admission fee): HUF 1200/person.
The “people’s car”, is one of the most popular picture-taking spots at the park. The Trabant is made of pressed plastic units, it was a unique product of German Democratic Republic (GDR).
Public Bus Transport to Memento Park from “Kelenfold vasutallomas – Metro 4″ – with BUS No. 101B, 101E and 150 to Budateteny vasutallomas (Campona).
Departure time mon-fri in every 10 minutes, sat-sun in every 30 minutes. The ride to Memento Park is ~10-15 min. Day passes, BKK-tickets and Budapest Cards are valid.
Direct bus transfer
Every day at 11 am from Deák tér, in the centre of Budapest (m1, m2, m3), departs from the stop bearing a “Memento Park” timetable. Return at 1pm.
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