Shoes on the Danube Bank

Shoes on the Danube Bank, Budapest

Shoes on the Danube Bank
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Monuments & Statues
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Belváros-Lipótváros
How to get there
  • Kossuth Lajos tér • 3 min walk
  • Batthyány tér • 7 min walk
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1TraveltheWorld
Alice Springs, Australia11,760 contributions
Feb 2022
To honour the Jewish people during the Second World War.

Unfortunately, this monument both represents a negative and positive historic memory.

Negative, in regards to the atrocities committed, the families who witnessed it, lived it and stories relayed.

Positive – in keeping the memory alive and to continue telling the story to all future generations and hopefully prevent anything remotely similar happening again.

This nonetheless, it is a great little memorial stretching into the distance along the shores of the river.
Written March 15, 2022
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dickiediver
Southampton, UK7 contributions
Feb 2020
We went on a one hour walking tour of the city, run by the Hop-on Hop-off tour bus, the tour walked through several important highlights of the city including the 'Shoes on the Danube'. They are made of stainless steel or bronze and positioned along the quay side of the river, they are a tribute to the terible holocaust events of Hungary near the end of the second world war. Over 25,000 Jews, Romanies, and so called undesirables were lined up on the dock side, told to remove their shoes as the Nazi's shot them in the back to fall into the Danube so were disposed off as the current took them away down stream. A sad, moving but fitting tribute to a horrific period of history. Recommend a visit and also recommend the walking tour as you learnt some important information to go with what your seeing. Highly recommended.
Written February 29, 2020
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Roberts69
Northampton, UK16,839 contributions
Apr 2022
A very moving memorial to the terrible atrocities carried out in 1944-45 by the Hungarian Arrow Cross party here on the banks of the Danube. Designed by sculptors Gyula Pauer and Can Togay in 2005 this memorial comprises of 60 pairs of iron shoes and boots lined up on the Pest embankment at the site used for the execution of hundreds of Jews here who were shot and their bodies left to the current of the Danube River. Being made of iron I noted that many of the shoes are starting to rust quite badly and I do wonder if there are any plans to preserve them otherwise in time this memorial will be lost to the elements and chemistry. There is no English explanation on the history of this site at the memorial which I think would have been good and an important history lesson for those visiting or just passing by the shoes.
Written April 19, 2022
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Mar Orlandi
Sao Carlos, SP6 contributions
Feb 2020
This is an "don't miss" place when visiting Budapest telling about the horror of the War, and "Never Forget" the bad things your people suffered.
The shoes are placed close to the beautiful parliament building, by the side of the imponent Danube river.
This is a place to visit and feel the energy! Just walk around, see the sizes, the modelsof the shoes, and try to go back on time and imagine the horror that people experienced.
Written June 17, 2020
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arshadmian786
Middle East709 contributions
Aug 2019
Shoes on the Danube Promenade is a haunting tribute t what transpired by the banks of the Danube in history. This monument consists of 60 pairs of 1940s-style shoes, true to life in size and detail, sculpted out of iron.Each shoe has a personality; each has the imprint of the foot that wore it.People who visit the memorial sometimes light candles or leave behind flowers, placing them inside a particular shoe that touches them or reminds them of someone.
It is a moving experience to walk along side the Danube and focus on these shoes, and recapitulating what transpired.
Written July 16, 2020
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Mr_Meldrew
London, UK116 contributions
Jan 2020
It is well worth a visit, the shoes, boots, large and small all tell a harrowing story. Each is incredibly realistic, it is difficult not to be moved by the experience. Many of the shoes are filled with stones. Not being knowledgeable at the time, we only learned subsequently that it is a Jewish tradition to use pebbles or stones rather than flowers. Our only surprise was that the only reference to the 'sculpture' was a tablet set in the ground on which people were constantly walking. Another reminder of how we cannot allow such atrocities to happen ever again.
Written January 28, 2020
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Alex
Hong Kong, China458 contributions
Nov 2019
1. The Shoes on the Danube Bank is a memorial to commemorate the jews who were persecuted and killed by the fascist in Budapest during World War II.
2. It is near the Hungarian Parliament Building and it takes about 10 minutes to walk from there.
3. You can see the beautiful scenery of Budapest (especially at night) while walking to the memorial.
4. Please be respectful and don't laugh or smile while taking a picture. It is disrespectful to the fallen (I actually see a child stepping on the shoes and laughing).
Written February 7, 2020
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Avery C
Ellon, United Kingdom4 contributions
Dec 2021
Visiting the shoes on the Danube should be considered a must when visiting Budapest. Set against the opulent backdrop of the city, this monument is a humbling and moving reminder of the lives lost during the war. Our visit was on a cold, dreary December day and it was clear that everyone visiting felt the loss that the shoes symbolise. There is a plaque in both hebrew and english, but it is worth doing a little bit of your own research into the story behind the shoes so you understand their importance. Very emotional to see.
Written December 6, 2021
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Pooja lohit
Dubai, United Arab Emirates14 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
A tribute to a horrifying and depressing event during the Second World War when thousands of Jews were executed on the banks of the Danube river. They were forced to remove their footwear before being shot as it was a valuable possession during the time. The trail of footwear is a recreation of this terrifying and sad moment in history.
Written February 20, 2020
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Manfromdublin12
Dublin, Ireland163 contributions
Apr 2022
The inhumanity of man to man should never be forgotten. The Jews of Hungary paid a very heavy price in WW2 and it is important we never forget . History however has a very nasty habit of repeating itself.
Written April 14, 2022
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