Memento Park, on the outskirts of Budapest, is a fitting final resting place for Soviet era statues and propaganda.
Of particular interest are Stalin’s enormous empty boots on a pedestal and Stalin sporting his famous pose, but the most interesting part is the Soviet spy training film found in the museum, which is easily missed. Watch this fascinating and disturbing window into the true nature of and insidious tactics employed by totalitarian regimes in the barracks nearby.
Getting there: Budapest’s well-organized and inexpensive public transportation system is tightly integrated with Google Maps and makes Memento Park easy to visit by bus. Search “memento park”, follow the clear directions, and enjoy your visit on your own schedule and at your own pace. Tip: Ninety minutes should be plenty of time to check out both the statues and museum. (Note: A special “tour” bus leaves from Deak Ferenc Ter at 11:15 each day, but why pay a premium, why be constrained their schedule, and why risk the bus running out o empty seats?)
Get your metro pass and let’s go!