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.
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