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“Very interesting, but expensive for what it is” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Memento Park

Memento Park
Balatoni ut - Szabadkai utca sarok, Magyarorszag, Budapest 1223, Hungary
1 424 7500
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Ranked #78 of 256 attractions in Budapest
Type: Parks, Monuments/ Statues, Playgrounds
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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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“Very interesting, but expensive for what it is”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013 via mobile

If you like learning about the history of a place or find communism in general interesting, you'll love memento park! If you don't, don't bother going!

The statues are great, most of them are huge and really overbaring, and I can imagine they were very intimidating in their original placements! It's also great fun mimicking the statues poses and taking pics! However, there is very little info on the plaques next to the statues, meaning you have to either purchase a guidebook for 1500 huf (around £5) or take a live guided tour for 1200 huf (around £4), which we felt was a bit much, especially when we'd just paid 3500 huf (around £11.50) each for a student ticket (a normal adult ticket and bus price is 4500 huf) for the bus to the park and the entry ticket. So it's a shame the park want more money out of you to learn more about what you've just paid to go and see anyway! But, having said that, the park is great with quite an eerie, sombre atmosphere.

The hut with the exhibition in it was also very good, but we didn't get to see it properly as the bus was leaving early, which I didn't think was great either, as we'd been told 1 and it left the park at about 12:45, due to it being cold! :-/

Go here if you want to learn about hungary's communist era, don't go just for a jolly!

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MementoPark, Manager at Memento Park, responded to this review, March 20, 2013
Dear swish2k

Thank you for your positive feedback we appreciate that you took your time and shared your thoughts with others.
Regarding the bus return time to the city, due to the cold weather recently we have made our direct bus available to be board 15 minutes prior departure. You may have got the impression that the bus is leaving early because some passengers preferred waiting on the warmer bus but we do in fact encourage people to take their time and enjoy the park until the 1pm return time.
We do hope that we can welcome you back again soon perhaps on a sunny, more pleasant day.
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“Take the time to visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

While I had my expectations of the place, I was still positively surprised. Did not take the tour, but bought the little guide-book (and actually read it while going through the park) and I think it was interesting and added to the experience.
The communist hotline phone was also great.

I liked the fact that the park didn't feel like tourist commie kitch thingy, but it wasn't anti propaganda either. I thought it was very well and thoughtfully put together showing piece of Hungarian (and European) history in an interesting way.

Took the no. 150 bus there and would definitely recommend taking the regular bus and seeing some interesting neighbourhoods on the way. If you are nervous about taking the bus, bkv.hu has a very good website (in English as well), where you can check the route and stops on a map and even print it if you'd like.

If you have the time go see this park.

Visited February 2013
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“Worth a Visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Whilst there is a bus that goes to the park (it's a fair way out of town) we found it quicker and not very expensive to take a taxi (HUF3500 each way). The park displays a lot of the old communist statues that have been removed from the centre of Budapest and are quite impressive. The park is not very big and you can see everything comfortably in an hour.

Visited March 2013
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“Hard to get to”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013 via mobile

Only accessible using the transport system. It can be a trek with no signage to say say you have arrived. However it is well worth the time to visit it. Statues of Lenin, Marx and Stalin and Soviet statues commemerating their 'greatness'.

There is also a small auditorium on sote showing training videos from the AVH the Communist secret police

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MementoPark, Manager at Memento Park, responded to this review, March 17, 2013
Dear VishantP

Thank you for your rating and sharing your positive experience with others.
We normally suggest people to take the number 150 BKV bus from Allee shopping centre towards Memento Park there is a speaker that indicates when the bus reaches Memento Park stop.
And there are other ways to get to us for example our direct bus from the city centre,
We are still happy that you found your way to us and enjoyed your time at the park.
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“Loved it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

First off, yes it's a bit of a hike. I look the 47 tram from Deak Ferenc to the 150 bus. It takes...45 minutes? That's travel time. I went on a Saturday so the bus only comes every 30 minutes. But that's neither here nor there. It's worth it! Recycled old Communist statues! I admit that I like Commie kitsch items, so liking this was a given for me. But beyond that, there are some actual nice statues there. My favorite was the one in the back center-right. The large one from 1969 with the flag. What lines! What an action pose! Almost made me want to "Viva la revolución" or something. I looked at and took pics of everything and was there about 35, 40 minutes I think. There's also a great Communist hotline phone, and an old Trabant. You get 30% off with the Budapest card, so 1000Ft rather than 1500. But worth it for 1500.

Visited March 2013
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MementoPark, Manager at Memento Park, responded to this review, March 10, 2013
Dear LMarlowe

We really appreciate your positive review and thank you for your high rating. Glad that you found your route to Memento Park all right and this way you can share your experience with others.
The large action pose figure is a Monument to The Hungarian Socialist Republic or commonly known as our “cloakroom attendant” is one of the most popular statues out of the 42 in the park.

We hope that perhaps we can welcome you back again in the future.
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