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Gellért Hill

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Gellért Hill.

Gellért Hill features in these preplanned City Guides:

5-day Budapest City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Stunning view over the city
  • Covered by a landscape park
  • Topped by Liberty Statue and the Citadel

Time required: 90 minutes

Public transport:

  • Tram Line 47: Gellért tér stop
  • Tram Line 18: Gellért tér stop

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Photo: Istvan

Things you need to know:

  • Gellert Hill is a 140 m high dolomit hill above the Danube on the Buda side in Budapest
  • It offers one of the most stunning views of the city with the Buda Castle, the Hungarian Parliament, Margaret Island and the Danube
  • The hill takes its name after bishop Gellert who came from Italy around 1000 AD to help St. Stephen, Hungary's first king, to convert his people to Christianity
  • Resisiting pagans killed him by rolling him down the hill in a barrel. A statue of him holding a cross on the slope facing Elisabeth Bridge commemorates his death
  • The Citadel occupies the top of the hill. The Habsburgs built this fortress as a show of power after suppressing the 1848-49 independence war
  • The Statue of Liberty in front of the Citadel is one of the few remaining Soviet monuments. It commemorates the liberation of Hungary from the Nazis

What to do there:

  • Start climbing the hill from Gellert square
  • Follow one of the many walking paths up the hill
  • Enjoy the stunning view of the city that changes with each turn along the way
  • Stop at the many viewing platforms and relax on the benches
  • On the top of the hill take a look at the statue of liberty and walk around the citadel
  • Walk down from the hill on the other side

Tips & Insights:

  • Wear comfortable shoes

 

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Gellért Hill features in these preplanned City Guides: