Antifascist Monument


This memorial dedicated to the 'victims of the German occupation' appeared at the southern end of V Szabadság tér in July 2014. It remains extremely controversial (and has yet to be officially dedicated) as many people believe that the puppet government of Arrow Cross Party leader Ferenc Szálasi fully supported the Nazis when installed in 1944, as did many local citizens. An alternative (and poignant) memorial of candles, letters and personal memorabilia has been set up by protesters.

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1. National Bank of Hungary

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Southeast of Szabadság tér are some of the most beautiful buildings in Pest, including the National Bank of Hungary. It has terracotta reliefs on all four…

2. Szabadság tér

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This square, one of the largest in the city, is a few minutes’ walk northeast of Széchenyi István tér. As you enter you’ll pass a delightful fountain that…

3. Miklós Horthy Statue

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A controversial statue of Hungary's intra-war leader, Miklós Horthy, considered a hero by the right wing but reviled as a fascist dictator by many others,…

4. Royal Postal Savings Bank

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East of Szabadság tér, the former Royal Postal Savings Bank is a Secessionist extravaganza of colourful tiles and folk motifs, built by Ödön Lechner in…

5. Soviet Army Memorial


At the northern end of V Szabadság tér is a memorial to the Soviet army, the last of its type still standing in Budapest.

8. Imre Nagy Statue


Southeast of V Kossuth Lajos tér is an unusual statue of Imre Nagy standing in the centre of a small footbridge, having moved Hungary 'halfway to freedom'…