Budapest’s Memento Park: 3-Hour Walk with a Historian

Budapest’s Memento Park: 3-Hour Walk with a Historian

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What You'll Do
  • Explore Budapest’s phenomenal Memento Park with a local historian
  • Marvel at the massive, Social-realist relics of totalitarian ideology
  • Learn more about the decades of political dictatorship the Hungarians endured
Explore Budapest’s phenomenal Memento Park, in the company of a historian, and see where the most important Communist-era statues and memorials were relocated after the fall of Communism. Learn about life during the decades of totalitarian dictatorship.
What to Expect
Your historian guide will meet you in front of the Hotel Meridian on Deák Ferenc tér at 10:45 and help you get your ticket for the 11:00 bus to Memento Park. During the 30-minute bus ride the guide will talk about the regime that produced the sculptures you’re about to see.

In the summer of 1989, the statue of Lenin in Budapest’s City Park was removed for maintenance and never returned. It eventually found its way to the Statue Park, located in suburban Budapest, along with other Communist relics.

On this 3-hour guided walk you’ll enter the park through a side gate and see statues that once adorned the public spaces of Budapest but now have been corralled into this site away from the masses.

You’ll find statues and memorials to Hungarian Communists as well as Lenin, Marx, and Engels. Conspicuously absent are relics from Hungary’s Stalinist period.

Across from the park you can see a replica of Stalin’s boots that serve as a memento of the 1956 revolution. This replica is located between 2 military barracks located outside the park’s gates, and the entire site is known as Memento Park.

The site is rich in symbolism, from the gigantic façade before the park, to the path one takes to examine the statues and the barracks located across the street, evoking Hungary’s nickname as the happiest barrack of the Cold War. The site, which is quite understated, stands in stark contrast to the House of Terror located in central Budapest.

The barracks host an astonishing exhibit on the culture and protocols of spying and surveillance during the Communist era, including a training film used to indoctrinate citizen informers (with English subtitles), and an information panorama on the fall of Communism in Hungary.

After returning to central Budapest you’ll sit down with your guide in an atmospheric café to talk about your visit to the park, over coffee and refreshments.
What's Included
  • 3-hour stroll through Budapest’s Memento Park
  • Historian guide
What's Not Included
  • Bus and Memento Park tickets
Meeting Point

Your historian guide will meet you right in front of the Hotel Meridian on Deák Ferenc tér at 10:45 to help you get tickets for the 11:00 bus to Memento Park. During the 30 minute bus ride your guide will tell you about the regime that produced the sculptures you'll see in the park. The duration of the park visit is 1.5 hours.

What to Remember
Guides for the tour are professors, doctoral students, historians, journalists, art critics, and published authors.

Your bus leaves from Deák Ferenc tér (accessible by subway lines M1, M2, and M3), from the bus stop marked Memento Park. The ticket cost is HUF 4,900 per person, which includes return transportation and entrance fee to the museum.

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