Statue Park Budapest

The Statue Park Budapest (or Szoborpark, in Hugarian) is a top historical attraction in Budapest, and is especially popular with tourists. Located on the outskirts of the city, the Statue Park Budapest is filled with statue reminders of Hungary's Communist past between 1945 and 1989. If you're looking to spend as much time as possible in the fresh air while on a Hungarian holiday, add the Statue Park in Budapest to your list of things to see—it's an outdoor attraction in Budapest that offers an usual collection of monuments that you won't find among the other statues in Budapest.

There are many statues in Budapest, from those at Heroes Square, Gellert Hill, Parliament, and Fishermans Bastion. In many cases, these statues in Budapest are historical figures. The ones in the Szoborpark are unique, however, as they are statues from Hungary's post-World War II Communist era. During the Communist era, plenty of statues were erected around Budapest. After the fall of Communism however, the change of government meant that many of the newer statues seemed inappropriate. A decision had to be made about what to do with all the statues in Budapest that honored great Communist figures. The result was that the Soviet-era statues were rounded up from all over the city, and ended up in this park on the outskirts of town. The Statue Park Budapest was designed by Hungarian architect Ákos Eleod, and the park celebrated its grand opening on June 29, 1993, which was the second anniversary of the withdrawal of Russian troops.

There are over 40 statues in Statue Park Budapest. Some of the monuments in Szoborpark are allegorical, symbolizing "Liberation" or "Hungarian-Soviet Friendship." If you know your Communist history, you should be able to pick out many famous figures from the statues. Among the many figures you'll see are Communist heroes like Lenin, Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Dimitrov, Captain Ostapenko, and Béla Kun. Also in the Szoborpark are statues representing workers. Other statues are of soldiers, often depicting the heroism of Soviet liberation soldiers. The Liberation Army Soldier is one popular statue, which once stood on the top of Gellért Hill, the highest point in downtown Budapest. This nearly 20-foot tall representation of a Soviet soldier holds a hammer-and-sickle flag and has a gun hanging from around its machine. In addition to giant figures, there are also many busts and memorial plaques.

Since its opening in the 1990s, the Szoborpark has been a popular outdoor public museum, attracting many visitors, particularly those from out of town. Even though it is not in the downtown area, the Szorborpark is fairly convenient to get to. Open daily from mid-morning to sunset, the park can easily be reached by public transportation. Also, a special tourist bus can take you to the Szorborpark, or you can visit the park as part of a guided tour in Budapest, such as the popular Hammer and Sickle tour that has a Communist theme. No matter whether you explore the park with a group or on your own, you are sure to be impressed by the statues and their history.

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