Shoes on the Danube Bank

Id. Antall Jozsef rakpart, Budapest


The Shoes on the Danube Bank is a memorial in Budapest, It is created to honor the people (mainly Budapest Jews) who were killed by fascist militiamen in Budapest during World War II. They were ordered to take off their shoes, and were shot at the edge of the water so that their bodies fell into the river and were carried away. It represents their shoes left behind on the bank. During the Arrow Cross terror. 3,500 people, 800 of them Jews were shot into the Danube.
The shoes are attached to the stone embankment, and behind them lies a 40 meter long, 70 cm high stone bench. At three points are cast iron signs, with the following text in Hungarian, English, and Hebrew: "To the memory of the victims shot into the Danube by Arrow Cross militiamen in 1944–45.

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  • Mark W.

    - 11 September 2018 -

    A haunting and strikingly effective reminder of Budapest's history. A draw for photographers composing shots over the Danube, with the bridge and riverbank landmarks as a backdrop. See this point of interest, for some, as you pass from the chain bridge and stroll towards the Parliament buildings.

  • Desiree Pereira

    - 09 September 2018 -

    A very interesting monument. Can be profound even. It's not much to see but the emotions it can stir within you is definitely worth experiencing. Do read up about the history of this representation before you visit. From an accessibility point of view it's quite convenient and doesn't have closing timings or entry fees. It's by the side of the river bank and proves for a great view while you stroll by.

  • 高小雅

    - 02 September 2018 -

    It's a world-famous composition(60 pairs of metal shoes that represent the Hungarian Jewish victims who were forced to lined up at the embankment, and were shot into the Danube) definitely worth coming, simple but powerful and moving. If you can catch up the sunset, it's also nice to take a walk along the river bank.

  • Kristin Parsons

    - 27 August 2018 -

    Glad we only stopped by on the way back from The Parliament- would not be worth a trip just to see this. Was very surprised by all the items people had left at the spot- understand paying homage but result looked more like litter and just a lot of junk. Think if cleaned up would be much more impactful.

  • Reut Golinsky

    - 21 August 2018 -

    Very powerful memorial on the east bank (the Pest side) of the Danube River. Situated between two main tourist attractions - the Széchenyi Chain Bridge and the Parliament, it can't be missed. My only problem is that the explanation, on the iron plaques, is not situated directly nearby and most of the people get absolutely no idea (I heard them talking myself) what this monument all about. The text itself is also quite blank and not explanatory enough, it says only: "To the memory of the victims shot into the Danube by Arrow Cross militiamen in 1944–45".

  • Erica Mason

    - 30 July 2018 -

    Beautiful, but heartbreaking memorial that honours the people who were killed by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen in Budapest during World War II. They were ordered to take off their shoes, and were shot at the edge of the water so that their bodies fell into the river and were carried away. The scultures of shoes left behind on the bank reminded me of the mountains of shoes at Auschwitz. In both of these memorials, there is nothing more chilling than seeing a child's shoe.


    - 22 July 2018 -

    Beautiful heart touching monument that is a must see in beautiful budapest. Along the river and very close to the parliament. It resembles the old victims of the war that were shot down and pushed into the river

  • Xiaojun Cristin

    - 04 July 2018 -

    It's a powerful statement in the form of art. But the monument seemed badly maintained... Rust and trash were quite common. The road/path to the monument is rather badly planned... We came from the parliament house direction. The path leading down to the river side was rather hidden (if you miss it, the next opportunity will be miles away because of the trams). Once we were down on the river level, the crossing was far beyond the monument. So we needed to circle all the way back again...

  • Andrés felipe Castellanos

    - 01 July 2018 -

    In memory of those who lost their lives during the Arrow Cross rule, the “Shoes on the Danube” takes the form of 60 pairs of shoes cast in iron and anchored to the ground. Different styles and sizes can be seen, showing that nobody was safe – not men, women or children. Nearly 80,000 Jews were expelled from Hungary in a death march to the Austrian border and approximately 20,000 Jews were brutally shot along the banks of the Danube River. The victims were forced to remove their shoes at gunpoint (shoes being a valuable commodity during World War II) and face their executioner before they were shot without mercy, falling over the edge to be washed away by the freezing waters.Shoes on the Danube Promenade is a haunting tribute to this horrific time in history. The shoes are pointing to the river waiting for the owners to pick them up after a refreshing swim into the Danube.

  • Nathaniel Marsh

    - 23 June 2018 -

    Hard hitting memorial to those that lost their life being shot by the river. We found ourselves sitting for a long time on the wall just taking everything in. It almost seems unreal. I would urge people to spend a little more time here, sit down, don't say anything and just think. We saw way too many people stroll over bend down and try and take an arty photo of the shoes then leave. Unfortunately these people just see it as an attraction to "add to the list". PLEASE don't be one of those people, there is a deep meaning behind the memorial that ought to be appreciated and is forgotten by far too many. Come here to pay your respects and think how lucky you are, not to take an Instagrammable photo - there are plenty of other amazing places to do that in this wonderful city.

  • Nantia Modsy

    - 08 May 2018 -

    You can feel an uncertain sadness because of the history behind, you have too lay on the ground for good pictures 😉

  • Roman Мakiyan

    - 07 May 2018 -

    Трогает до глубины души

  • Roman Мakiyan

    - 07 May 2018 -

    Мурашки по коже

  • Nistha

    - 01 May 2018 -

    you can feel very empathetic and emotional

  • Maxwell House

    - 05 March 2018 -

    A touching and fitting memorial to those who were executed here. A moment to reflect. No photos.

  • Nes

    - 23 February 2018 -

    Worth seeing spot in the city.

  • Thanos Antonis. 🍻🍺😝☕😀

    - 15 February 2018 -

    No words.........

  • Eleftheria Kakargia

    - 10 January 2018 - honor the people who were killed by fascist..

  • Daniel Carrera

    - 02 December 2017 -

    It’s impossible not to think about the 3,500 people that had to leave there shoes there before being thrown to the river, impossible not to think how those “shoes” once belong to someone.

  • Anastasia Naumova

    - 13 July 2017 -

    Very touch full...

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