BUDAPEST -- Psst, comrade: If you're looking for a Budapest
excursion that provides a little glimpse behind the former Iron
Curtain, a good suggestion is Szoborpark -- Statue Park.
While most Eastern Bloc nations destroyed the Socialist statues
that stood along the streets and town squares, Hungarians moved
their statues to a location about 20 minutes outside Budapest. The
result is an eerie and unique reminder of the region's recent
A giant statue of Lenin greets visitors at the entrance. Inside,
or rather outside, since Statue Park is little more than a
collection of statues surrounded by a brick wall, visitors walk
down gravelly paths beneath gigantic cast-iron party figures.
Gun-toting Soviet soldiers loom 20 to 30 feet tall.
If you're looking for maximum ambience, go when it's chilly and
The park is open daily from 10 a.m. to sunset; the entrance fee
is around $1, but agents can arrange for special tours.
For more information, visit the park's Web site at www.szoborpark.hu.