Odd Attractions: Szobor Park in Budapest, Hungary CheapOair Staff August 5, 2010 general Hungary prefers not to think about the dark days of communism anymore – that’s why, when the Berlin Wall fell, Budapest dismantled all its statues from their plinths throughout the city and moved them to Szobor, or Memento Park. The Statue Park (which forms a part of Memento Park as a whole) is now an open air museum, in which you can check out relics from the four decades of communism suffered by Hungary (from 1949-89) – think giant statues of the likes of Lenin, Marx and Engels dotted around the greenery. The park opened June 29 1993 and contains 42 works of art. As well as statues of famous figures from the communist movement, there are allegorical works of “Hungarian-Soviet Friendship” and “Liberation”. They’re hard-hitting statues, in line with the harsh lines of Soviet architecture. There’s also a replica of the huge pedestal for the 8-meter high statue of Stalin which stood in central Budapest until it was pulled down in 1956 (only the boots remained). It’s not all outside – there’s an exhibition detailing the 1956 revolution and the fall of Communism, as well as a documentary film about the secret police. And it’s not all bleak – the park plays host to festivals, art projects and other cultural events. According to the architect, Ákos Eleőd: “This Park is about dictatorship. And at the same time, because it can be talked about, described and built up, this Park is about democracy. After all, only democracy can provide an opportunity to think freely about dictatorship.” Of course, there’s also the “Red Star Store” for all your communist kitsch – though after such a sober experience, we can’t guarantee that you’ll be feeling it.