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“Green and Bustling, Yet Peaceful-Freedom Square”
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Szabadsag Square
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Budapest Hammer & Sickle Tour - Communist Times, 56 Revolution, WW I and WW II
Ranked #62 of 455 things to do in Budapest
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Budapest, Hungary
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“Green and Bustling, Yet Peaceful-Freedom Square”
Reviewed August 2, 2012

Freedom Square is a huge and lively green space in the middle of downtown Budapest, near the Basilica of St. Istvan, the Parliament Building, the memorial to Nagy Imre, and the Danube. The buildings surrounding the square are lovely representations of Budapest's Secessionist style of architecture. The center of the square is filled with green grass, trees, a playground, and a fountain designed for children to run through on hot days, and so the square is a busy and lively place full of kids, parents, and dogs, and has a happy vibe. In the exact center is a cafe that serves excellent espresso drinks and light snacks.

The square is also home to the Soviet Freedom Monument, which was constructed by the Soviets to commemorate their liberating Budapest from the Germans in WWII. It is not particularly popular with Hungarians. :) It is also home to the popular Ronald Reagan statue, representing "the country boy who opposed evil", as the sign next to it proclaims. It's very popular with tourists from all over the world who have their picture taken with the statue of this man who proclaimed that the Soviet Union was "an empire of evil" and who predicted its downfall. Freedom Square is a bustling, happenin' place, and definitely one of the sights you should see when visiting Budapest.

Visited October 2011
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Bucharest, Romania
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“Beautiful square”
Reviewed June 15, 2012

The square is full with benches and with trees and you can rest some minutes after walking in Pest. In the center is a communist monument, and next to it is Ronald Reagan's statue and the Monument of Imre Nagy.

Visited June 2012
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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“A beautiful square.”
Reviewed April 28, 2012

This beautiful square near the Hungarian Parliament is set among some beautiful building.
In it center - the Liberty Monument.
The square is nice for a short stroll and rest on one of the nice benches under the trees.

Visited July 2011
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Lahti, Finland
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Reviewed April 3, 2012

Wonderful park, soruanded by nice old buildings in the heart of the city.

Visited April 2012
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“Historical Landmark in a Lovely Setting”
Reviewed January 26, 2012

I walked to Liberty Square, seeing statues of well-known politicians like Imre Nagz along the way. I even saw Ronald Reagan! The large square is grass-covered with play areas for children.

The Soviet War Memorial at Liberty Square is the only Soviet Monument with hammer and sickles left in Budapest. It is an imposing white obelisk with golden hammer-and-sickles. It is a monument to the Russian Army for liberating Budapest from the Nazis. It is well guarded against vandalism because of the treatment the Russians meted out to the Hungarians.

Four ornate buildings typical of Budapest's Golden Age are situated in a ring around the obelisk. However, they are badly in need of a good cleaning and renovation.

The imposing US Embassy building is on one side of Liberty Square.

Visited January 2012
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