After a morning walk around Deak Square, I took the bus to Monument Park just southwest of the city where a park has been created with some of the communist-era statues that were torn down and discarded after the fall of the communist regime in 1989.
East German manufactured two-stroke engine Trabant car which sometimes took six to eight years for delivery due to the scarcity of materials.
Massive Communist worker statue charging into the future, clutching the Soviet flag.
Vladimir Lenin in his most famous pose.
Giant statue of soldier holding the Soviet flag.
Marx and Engels statue at entry.
The landmark Gerbeaud pastry shop where I stopped in for apple strudel with whipped cream and vanilla ice cream, and a coffee latte. Delicious!
T-shirts for sale in a store along the pedestrian boulevard Vaci utca.
After walking the stretch of Vaci utca, I came to the Great Market Hall which houses produce stands, bakeries, butcher stalls, and lots of paprika.
Then I took the metro to the House of Terror, the former headquarters of the Arrow Cross (Nazi-occupied Hungary's version of the Gestapo) and the AVO/AVH (communist Hungary's secret police), which is now a museum. The Arrow Cross executed hundreds in the basement of this building.
Notice the overhang on the building in the photo below, which casts a shadow of the word "TERROR" onto the building.
Photos of the victims line the outside of the building with lit candles in memorium.