I know the question: What's the big deal about a cemetery? But this place is part park, part open-air museum, and part Budapest history lesson. I visited here several years ago for less than an hour and felt like I missed so much. This time, I literally wandered the grounds for hours marveling at the statues -- some beautiful, many extremely eerie. Entire sections are devoted to students killed during the 1956 revolution. A number of their gravestones include fading photos. There is a museum on the grounds as well that offers a look at Hungarian burial traditions. Displays include horse-drawn hearses and colorfully decorated caskets. This is a unique experience that is off the well-trod tourist path, but it will be one of the highlights of a visit to Budapest. The cemetery is so large that you will be able to appreciate it in peace, with no crowds. The experience will remain with you after others have faded. A map (in Hungarian) is available at the gate.
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