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Memento Park

One of the city's most popular but more bizarre attractions is Memento Park, containing the giant figures of the Communist era that once filled the streets of Budapest. After the change in the political system the monuments glorifying Communism were banished into the exile of this outdoor museum and among the statues, busts and monuments are the forms of Lenin, Marx and Engels, as well as memorials to the Soviet Soldiers and the Communist Martyrs.

There are also exhibitions and films detailing the history of Soviet occupation and Communism in Budapest and Memento Park is historically intriguing if a little odd. Athough it seems as though these once powerful symbols and sculptures have been incarcerated, the fact that they were not destroyed was progressive on Hungary's part and the result is a unique museum. This is the only collection in the world of its kind. There is a great little gift shop at the park and some of the interesting souvenirs sold there include cans of air from the 'last breath of socialism' and Stalin and Lenin shaped candles. Photos and films taken for private use are permitted.

Address: District XXII, corner of Balatoni ut and Szabadkai utca

Website: www.szoborpark.hu

Telephone: +36 (0)1 424 7500

Opening times: Daily 10am until sunset.

Admission: HUF1,500 adults, HUF1,000 students.