Memento Park

Address: Corner of Balatoni út and Szabadkai utca, Budapest, Hungary
Telephone: 1 424 7500

- Mid-range


Resting place for the Communist statues that once lorded over the city.

Standing 15km from the centre, Memento Park – until recently (and more appropriately) called Statue Park – is a graveyard for the huge monuments to the Communist grand plan that once dominated Budapest’s squares and boulevards. There’s something strange – even eerie – about seeing these behemoths relegated to a field far from the urban action. There are 40 in total, the highlight a highly polished sculpture by Imre Varga that shows Béla Kun ordering troops into battle. Look out too for a straight-backed soldier (statue no 3) that used to stand at the base of the Liberation Monument on Gellért Hill. The Barrack Exhibition includes footage of some of the shadowy surveillance techniques employed by communist secret police.

Value for money

Price advice

Entrance 1,500 forints (adult) or 1,000 forints (student); a Budapest Card gives you a 33 per cent discount.

Expert tips

To get there, you can board a special bus from Deák Ferenc tér, leaving at 11am daily (and also at 3pm in July and August); the price is 3,950 forints (including entrance to the park). Alternatively, standard bus number 150 runs from Kosztolányi Dezső tér.

The excellent on-site shop sells some intriguing items, including jars containing the last breath of Communism, and CDs of the movement’s greatest songs.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Culture vultures
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Sporty types
  • Escaping the crowds
  • History