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“A must” 5 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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Private Walking Tour: Budapest Communist History...
Ranked #85 of 230 Attractions in Budapest
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Playgrounds, Parks, Outdoors
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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.
London, United Kingdom
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“A must”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

For some the Cold War is just history. For others it was an important factor in part of our lives. However old you are, this is a great place to visit. So it might not be the super slick theme park of a wealthy country. However it collects a range of memorials and statues from Hungary under communist rule. It presents them very well, allowing you to understand their historical importance as well as mock their poor taste.

Yes you can reach it by public transport and yes the shuttle bus is pricier. However for ease, take the shuttle.

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“Worth A Visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

If you are interested in history and in particular Cold War era, Memento Park is worth a visit. It's not to everyone's taste but I found it very interesting and in some respects thought provoking. These statutes are a reminder and memorial to those who lived and died under 2 different dictatorships.

If you get the hop on hop off bus keep the voucher book because there is a money off voucher for the park (3900 instead of 4900). This is to get the small bus (return) and entrance fee. Get the bus from Deak Square (hop on hop off stop 1), only holds 20 people so get there just before 11. Its a 30 minute drive and you have about 90 minutes there. This is about long enough to walk round and do the barrack exhibition and movie. The movie (secret police training films) is worth a watch. It's strangely but sad at same time.

There are toilets there but there isn't anywhere to get a drink so take you own especially in summer. The guide book (1500) is very good if you don't take the tour guide.

Visited October 2013
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“Well worth taking time out of the City to visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

If you are like us, and are of a certain age, what you will find at Memento Park will mean a lot. Some of the statues are awesome in size and there are plenty of photo opportunities. The photo in a Trabant at the entrance is a must!!
We took the normal 150 bus from the City which is cheapest way of getting there (use your Budapest Card at no cost!). It takes about 50 minutes but you do get an interesting tour of the out-lying areas on the way.
Pay a visit and support the park, keep in mind what this represents to the locals.

Visited September 2013
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“Recent Communist History-Lest We Forget?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

We booked our online reservation (25% discount) for the round trip tour bus (do forget the public transportation) and most importantly guided tour!

Dora our excellent tour guide made this entire adventure worthwhile. Growing up in the early 1980's, being shuttled around with her other siblings in the back of her grandmother's Trabant 601, gave her real life experiences to fully explain the meaning of the "current day" artifacts!

Anyone who remembers the Cold War Era in the US, from Drop & Cover in the early 1960's to the fall of the Berlin Wall, should have a fascination to see these statues. The guide will explain the inherent symbolism of the Socialist State embodied in the statues. Also, provide insights how the Communist erected Liberty Statue, towering today atop Buda Hill, transitioned from commemorating the Soviets freeing Budapest from the Nazi's to the Hungarian revolutionaries freeing Budapest from the Soviets!

This is real life history for the patrons, not an Imagine If You Will museum.

Enjoy!

Comrades, will you be patriotically aroused by the Bolshevik tunes as you travel to the park? I think not, but for a select few there are CD's for sale!

Visited September 2013
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“A bit 'meh'”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Be prepared for only mild entertainment... Takes 40 mins to get there on the windy 150 bus and about 30 seconds to recognise it wasn't worth it... The bus ride is more interesting...

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