Shoes on the Danube Bank

This tragically beautiful memorial in the shadow of parliament is perhaps the most melancholy place in the entire city. Created by sculptors Gyula Pauer and Can Togay, the shoes serve as as a symbolic reminder to the memory of the victims shot into the Danube by Arrow Cross militiamen in 1944–45. Sit along the banks of the Danube and absorb the setting. Look out into the distance and identify some of the landmarks on the other side of the river: fisherman’s bastion, the Mattias Church, Buda Castle. Think about all of the history that these proud buildings have witnessed in the past 100 years alone. And if you are in the mood for some solitude, head down the stairs and onto the rocky shore to spend some time with the Danube licking up against your own shoes.

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