Gellert Hill Budapest

Gellert Hill is an eminence with incredible views, rising 235m above the Danube. It is part of both the 1st and 11th Districts. It is a perfect place to begin your sightseeing in Budapest by taking in the city all at once.

On this hill you can find the St. Gellert monument, facing Erzsébet híd (Elizabeth Bridge), a statue of Bishop Gellert (Gerald), whom the hill was named after. Bishop Gellert was brought to Hungary by St.Stephen king to help convert the Hungarians to Christianity. The monument was built in 1904 at the site where Gellert was presumably thrown to his death from the hill by resisting pagans.

At the very top of the hill is The Citadel (Citadella), a type of fortress, from which you are able to clearly see down both directions of the Danube and all eight bridges. The Citadel was built after the 1849 Hungarian uprising by the ruling Habsburg Austrians, it has been a site for military checkpoint, anti-aircraft missile launch pad and even prison. The fortress is a U-shaped structure built about a central courtyard with parameters of 220 metres long, 60 metres wide, and 4 metres tall.

In front of the Citadel, there is a colossal female statue known as the Statue of Liberty (Szabadság szobor), which arose in 1947 commemorating Hungary’s liberation from the Nazi rule during World-War II. This statue can be seen from many parts of the city, rising 40m in the air.

If you walk up the hill starting at the Gellert Hotel, you can see a cave church on your right. The Gellért Hill Cave served as a chapel and a field hospital during World War II. Today it belongs to the church, but it is also a tourist attraction.

The hill also has a the Gellert Hotel, previously mentioned, and the Gellert Thermal Baths, for more information regarding the Gellert Thermal Baths you can go here: http://www.spabudapest.net/gellert-spa

Getting to Gellert Hill: You can take a tram or bus.

Trams:

• No 41, 47 or 49

Buses

• No. 7 or No 86 and get off at: Szt. Gellért tér

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