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“Fun way to experience the Communist era”
Review of Memento Park

Memento Park
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Communism Tour of Budapest by Coupe Car
Ranked #64 of 452 things to do in Budapest
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The final resting place for fallen Communist statues, including those of Lenin, Marx and Engels, plus memorial plaques that were removed after the downfall of the Communist regime.
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“Fun way to experience the Communist era”
Reviewed 2 August 2012

Our family visited Momento park, and really enjoyed it. My children, who didn't know anything about Communism, were amazed by the statues -- their size and scale, as well as what they represented. But the high point of the trip was definitely the "how to be a spy" movie. Momento Park is definitely something to see when you're in Budapest, especially if you're curious about that time in Hungary (and all of Eastern Europe).

We managed to find the private bus stop at Deak Ter without much trouble, and the trip was surprisingly short. The park itself isn't that well labeled or laid out, though; we looked at the statues (reading the descriptions from the Rick Steves book, like so many other people), and then wondered what else there was to see, before discovering that there was a whole exhibit and movie outside and across the street from the sculpture park. My suggestion would be to start with the movie, and then move across the street to the sculptures. But this is definitely a place worth visiting.

Visited August 2012
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“Interesting...needs to be more widely advertised!”
Reviewed 27 July 2012

We took a guided tour to this park of communist statues - the bus left Deak Ferenc Ter. We booked the tour online, which included transport and a guide at the park for approx 6000Huf. You can get there yourself far cheaper using public transport if you're feeling adventurous - the number 150 I think, but please check this! You can also just as easily book a guided tour once you arrive in Budapest from the numerous tour guides who operate around Deak but be aware, I think you then need to pay an additional amount at the park for the services of the tour guide otherwise you're left to wander round the statues and unless you have an excellent grasp of Hungarian political figures etc they won't make that much sense - if you choose to do this option then I advise purchasing a guide book at the entrance.

As for the park itself, it's an open air museum just outside Budapest, dedicated to monumental statues from Hungary's Communist period (1949–1989). There are statues of Lenin, Marx, and Engels, as well as Hungarian Communist leaders such as Béla Kun, Endre Ságvári, or Árpád Szakasits. There are original films continually running which are fascinating - they are the ones used to train Hungarian spies how to operate covertly amongst their fellow citizens. Some of the methods they used were quite surprising.

If you're staying in Hungary for more than a few days and/or you have an interest in the communist period then this is a highly recommended place to visit. Our tour guide was also excellent and very informative!

Visited August 2011
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MementoPark, Manager at Memento Park, responded to this review, 30 July 2012
Dear Paul72UK

thank you for your positive review on visiting Memento Park, it is always a joy to hear that our visitors were happy with the service we provide.
booking online from our website is an easy and comfortable way to purchase memento park tickets, of course people can also buy the guided tour tickets upon arrival. but those who make a reservation online they also get a discount from the original prices.
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“Fascinating park”
Reviewed 27 July 2012

We found this to be a fascinating installation, reflecting in my view the aberration that was communism. But it shows the foresight of Budapest in not destroying these monuments but placing them a little out of the way involving some effort to see them.

Across from the entrance is Stalin’s Grandstand with the giant boots recalling the 8m high Stalin toppled in October 1956. The monumental nature of many of the works is impressive and we thought the layout and placements well conveyed how overbearing they must have been for the citizens.

One of our favourites is the complex Bela Kun memorial with Kun on a tribune surrounded by a surging crowd of workers & soldiers.

We liked the big box wireless with piped communist style music emanating. The Trabant is a nice addition, but we did not get in. The gift shop has some amusing posters such as ‘The Simply Red Band’ and ‘East Park’.

I recommend this as a worthwhile easy excursion from the centre, especially for anyone interested in recent history and the monuments used to shape it.

Visited March 2012
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“Interesting place”
Reviewed 22 July 2012

My teenage daughter and I visited a rainy day in June 2012. Although a bit of a trial to get to on public transit, it was worth the time. We really enjoyed the statue park, although wouldn't have understood their signifigance without the Rick Steves guidebook we used.
What we found surprisingly interesting were the spy training films that are playing in the old barracks. They were apparently used into the 70's as training films. They were amusing, enlightening and a little frightening all at the same time. Don't miss them!

Visited June 2012
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“interesting”
Reviewed 21 July 2012

We took a tram and then a public bus to and from the chain bridge area. Boy was that interesting. Hung out with locals on the local bus. It's quite a distance and figuring out the bus system takes some doing. But worth it.
No shade at the park.
The statutes were interesting to look at, but the film was fantastic!!
Learned a lot.

Visited June 2012
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