Memento Park (also known as “Szoborpark”) is not exactly a conventional theme park or museum. Is more of a huge collection of big statues of Hungarian and former Soviet liders during the cold war period. Nevertheless it is a very interesting venue to visit for history buffs and park lovers.
Located on the outskirts of Budapest the park is a bit difficult to find even with the GPS and the locals weren’t a big help for us. Somehow Budapest doesn’t want to speak about the Soviet Union period and the park is unknown for most of the youngsters. Also it’s a private collection and does not have Government support. It’s a shame because if you don’t know your history you are condemned to repeat it. Like its founder Ákos Eleőd, so cleverly put: “This park is about dictatorship. And at the same time, because it can be talked about, described, built, this park is about democracy. After all, only democracy is able to give the opportunity to let us think freely about dictatorship.”
The park opened in 1989 has statues of Lenin, Marx, and Engels, as well as several Hungarian Communist leaders. One of the landmarks in the park is a life-sized copy of the tribune of the Stalin Monument in Budapest with the broken bronze shoes on top of the pedestal. Another highlight is a replica of Stalin’s boots, all that was left after a crowd pulled the enormous statue down from its plinth on XIV Dózsa György út during the 1956 uprising.
The park is open all year every day from 10:00am until sunset. Tickets cost 1.500 HUF (less than 5€) a bargain for a big lesson in history.
The facilities aren’t first class and there’s no fast food stalls or mechanical rides. But you can ride an iconic “trabant”, a car that was produced by former East German auto maker VEB Sachsenring Automobilwerke Zwickau and that was the most common vehicle inside the Eastern Bloc.
There is also a shop were you can buy memorabilia from the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 to the Misha bear, the mascot of the 1980 Summer Olympic Games in Moscow. The park itself only takes about 30/40 mins to walk around so you plan to go else here (to the Budapest Zoo for instance) in the same day of you visit.
Memento is small interesting park to visit and to take photos of statues saved from the scrapman and oblivion following the fall of Communism.
Location: Budapest, Balatoni út – Szabadkai utca sarok, 1223 Hungary
Tickets cost 1.500 HUF (less than 5€)
The park is open all year every day from 10:00am untilTop Rides
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