Shoes on the Danube Promenade: the Holocaust Memorial of the Jews of Budapest

On the banks of the Danube, in Budapest, not far from the Hungarian Parliament building, 60 pairs of 1940s-style worn-out shoes pairs of shoes are lined up. There are women’s, men’s and children’s shoes, left there, close to the water, abandoned in a disorderly fashion, as if their owners had just taken them off. However, If you look closer, you see that the shoes are rusty, made of iron, and fixed in the concrete of the pier. It is the sad memorial in honor of the Hungarian Jews who, in…

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Szimpla Kert: Budapest ruin pub that offer peep into the past.

Try to imagine: on a chilly night, young party-goers gather inside a two-storey former factory in the heart of Budapest’s entertainment district, where old computer monitors displaying psychedelic patterns line the walls in one room and in another, two guys sit in a bathtub cut in half. On the wall there is a note: “Sorry for your broken leg Rob!”, while on a wall, someone has taken a more serious approach, with a reference to a Dave Matthews Band song lyric: “Here are we on this starry night and I…

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Szabo Ervin Library in Budapest

The incredible Szabo Ervin Library in Budapest is a hidden treasure, left often out of guidebooks, tucked into a busy section of the city. But for those who know, this is a stunning step back to time when libraries were like mansions. It was Ervin Szabó, sociologist who established the public library network in Budapest at the beginning of the 20th century. Built by Count Frigyes Wenckheim (1842 – 1912), a well-known Hungarian aristocrat, the Central Library is easy to miss, because a modern library surrounds it, secreting away the…

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