Statue Park - Szoborpark, Budapest

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    Statue Park

    by rexvaughan Written Nov 4, 2005

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    When the communist control of Hungary ended their statues and symbols were no longer popular (if they ever were) so they were removed. Someone had the foresight to salvage a large number of them and put them in a park southwest of the city. There they help locals remember and foreigners understand the nature of those times. Here you can see the big names, Marx, Lenin, etc. as well as the ‘social realist’ representations of workers and soldiers. It is sort of a retirement home for old socialist symbols.

    There was a guide to show us around and explain what some of the statues represent which was very helpful. He was quite knowledgeable and had a pretty good sense of humor. A couple of his funny observations: “The Communists were so strict that a porno film then was seeing Marx without his hat and coat” and defining a Communist sandwich as “a chicken coupon between two bread coupons.”

    You could drive or do a very complex public transportation trip but the best and easiest way is the tour that leaves from the Deak ter main bus terminal. The buses run daily at 11:00 and 15:00 March thru October and in July and August at 10:00 and 16:00. One guide book I read says that the bus stop is clearly marked with the Statue Park logo but that did not prove to be the case when we were there. Just read all the schedules on the post where buses are queing up and leaving. It isn’t that difficult, you just have to look for it a bit. Cost including the bus trip and admission to the park is 1950 Ft for the whole thing, but discounted to 1350 Ft with the Budapest Card. The trip to the park takes about 30 minutes and you have about 40 minutes in the park before the return trip so the whole venture is less than 2 hours and well worth the time and money.

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    Comunists First Theme park!

    by jetwind Written Nov 4, 2005

    Located on the out skirts town is Szobor Park or Statue Park. After the Russians left at the end of the cold war they left peppered around Budapest monuments dedicated to the hero’s communism. The Hungarians where anxious to get rid of them, so they rounded them up and stuck them out in the middle of nowhere. This is communism’s first theme park I guess; dedicate half a day to this place.

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    Statue of Liberty

    by BLewJay Written Oct 28, 2005

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    Liberation monument is an imposing site to see when you visit Budapest (it's located at the top of Gellért Hill). After a strenuous hike up to the top, we reached the crest and the statue. The 14-m-high statue, the work of outstanding architect Zsigmond Kisfaludy Strobl, was raised in 1947 in memory of the country's liberation. And even with the start of Soviet rule, the statue on Gellért Hill was not removed even after the change of regime since it had become an indelible part of the cityscape. There are two other sculptures at the foot of the female figure holding aloft the palm of victory: one is an allegory of progress, the other the fight against evil.

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    gigantic monuments from the age of communism!

    by psyche327 Updated Sep 26, 2005
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    what do you do with all of the humongous monuments erected during the dictatorship once the regimen is kaput? well, make an attraction out of it of course! the statues are displayed in a rather spartan setting and i wished there had been somebody around to explain to us in detail the history of each one but we were left to our own devices. left with a cd with "the best of communism" (including such hits as "onward red guards, proletarians" and, who can forget, "we thank you, comrade rakosi") and a t-shirt of "the 3 terrors: stalin, mao and lenin - world tour 1917-1979" (1948-hungary). my friend teased we were going to be stopped and questioned at customs. the park is probably not an essential sight in budapest, but if time allows go for it.

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    visit Statue Park

    by datapanik Written Jul 26, 2005
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    Rather than simply smash up Budapest’s Communist statues after the Fall of Communism, the ingenious solution was to round them all up and give them a new lease of life by creating a statue theme park in the outlying district XXII.

    The rather drab setting of the park, a simple curving gravel path, parched earth and unkempt grass, seems to reflect something of the Communist era and makes the giant statues appear even more monumental. The ironic twist is the on-site souvenir shop selling Communist era memorabilia at decidedly Capitalist prices!

    Admission 600 HUF daily. Open 10am till sunset.

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  • The only good veiw of Stalin

    by tomKovacsi Written Jun 6, 2005

    i visited Szobor Park (statue park) with my father who thought I needed a little history on why my grandparents fled from Hungary in 1956. Along with his personal history, he was 6 at the time of the revolution, I got a very sobering veiw of the park. The monuments were primarily removed from downtown Budapest, and are in understandably delapidated condition. If you get the chance visit with an older Hungarian, you'll learn a whole lotmore than you'd think.

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  • Commies

    by jamidwyer Written May 1, 2005

    This day trip was the only substantial amount of time we spent really seeing remnants of communism in Eastern Europe. The journey there took us on a rickety old bus through a less fancy part of town than old Buda, with plenty of unlovely concrete skyscrapers to see.

    I expected the park to be bleak, but it was built of happy red bricks that I felt detracted from what could be a message about how oppressive these giants had been in their day.

    The statues themselves were great, giant relics of lofty ideals turned cruel. I highly recommend this trip for anyone interested in the history of communism, but not so much for Tourist Betty.

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    Going back behind the Iron Curtain

    by carlitoab Written Mar 31, 2005

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    Communist Statues

    If you have an interst in the history of the Iron Curtain and want to see some true relics with your own eyes, the statue park should be appealing! It is a heavily advertised tourist attraction and is made 0out to be something perhaps it is not. My only suggestions are that you go early in the day (it shuts in late afternoon - especially when it gets dark in winter), use public transport to get there - it's much cheaper than the tour buses from the city centre (which are overpriced).

    Once you are there, there are some souvenirs for sale at the shop - postcards, badges, medals etc...

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    A glance behind the Iron Curtain

    by Robert_Hun Updated Mar 25, 2005

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    A bizarr but interesting and spectacular therefore quite popular outdoor museum at the city SW limits.
    After the change of the political system, statues of the communist era were removed from Budapest's streets to museums.
    This is a unique collection of its kind.
    The statues of Lenin, Marx, Engels, Dimitrov, memorials to soviet soldiers, communist martyrs and many more.
    It's definitely an impressive nostalgia, good or bad, it's up to your taste :-)
    Open every day from 1000 till sunset.
    Cost: 600 HUF (free with Budapest Card)

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    Massive Communist Art in a Field

    by kit_mc Written Dec 8, 2004

    I've seen this place described as a tourist trap, but certainly these a visitor new to Eastern Europe just won't have seen. And some of these statues are really quite cool!

    This is basically an elephant's graveyard of statues salvaged after the revolutions of 1989. There aren't actually as many statues as you might expect or wish for, but it is still worth the effort. If you have any interest in Stalinist art, this is a must.

    There is also a little gift shop - if you're into kitsch stuff, this is fantastic! You can get old communist era postcards, or bottled air from the communist days. The last breath of communism, literally.

    The field that the statues are in is quite exposed and a bit muddy in bad weather, so if you're going in colder weather, wrap up warm and don't wear your best shoes!

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    Something unusual

    by clikkamitutto Written Oct 30, 2004

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    At least for us "western europe" citizens it's interesting to touch by hand the symbols of sovietic politics.
    Statues of Lenin, Stalin and other russian politics were originally located in the center of Budapest and are now collected in this openair museum.

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    Szoborpark - Statue Park

    by american_tourister Written Apr 6, 2004

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    Workers of the world - UNITE!

    The Russians destroyed as much of their communist history as they could but the Hungarians decided to not forget. Wheras the park to fallen idols in Moscow is small and seedy, this park is a real attraction and is well worth the trip.

    You can see giant statues and busts, frescoes, art, etc., in this well laid out and maintained facility. It also has the coolest souveniers I found in Budapest. It is where I purchased my tee shirt that has a Trabant and says "Honecker Motor Sports". Very few people get it but those that do love it.

    I spent an entire afternoon here. I wish I had just packed a lunch and eaten out there. It was a beautiful day and was perfect for a picnic.

    There is a direct bus that you can catch right outside the Le Merdien and Kempinski Hotels.

    The direct bus line to Statue Park from downtown runs every day. The bus leaves from Deke Square (Deke ter - Metro N.1,2,3), from the bus stop distinguished by the Statue Park-timetable. Round trip tickets are 1.950 HUF/pers. (with the Budapest Card, it's only 1.350 HUF/pers.), the price includes the ticket for Statue Park as well.

    Tickets are available on the buses.
    The program takes about 1hr 45 mins, including transport and a visit of approximately 40 minutes.

    Open:
    Every day from 10 am till Sunset.

    Tickets
    600 HUF
    Free with Budapest Card

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    Make sure you go to Statue...

    by RodeKill69 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Make sure you go to Statue Park. It's a park of all the Communist statues that used to be in the Budapest area. All the big cats are there incl. Marx, Lenin, and so many other people's revolutionaires. The entire park is shaped in a 'figure 8' because Communism leads nowhere.

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    More from the Szoborpark. ...

    by ucbwalker Written Aug 25, 2002

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    More from the Szoborpark. Many of the statues aren't in very good condition, and it's clear that the park has a tiny operating budget (not surprising - how many Hungarians really want to spend tax dollars maintaining the Communists' artistic legacy?).

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    Szoborpark (Statue Park), a...

    by ucbwalker Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Szoborpark (Statue Park), a collection of Communist statuary removed from their places downtown after the fall. This park is waaaaay out in the middle of nowhere, off on the side of a rural-looking highway. To get there, you have to catch one bus to a West Buda terminal station, then catch another special bus to the park. Don't worry about missing the stop; you can actually see the park off to your right as you approach it on that second bus. It's very much worth the trouble getting there, and you can hear some fascinating Communist propaganda choral music as you enter.

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