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Gellert Hill - Gellert Hegy, Budapest: 59 reviews and 138 photos

  View from Gellert Hill
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Named for a Christian martyr, Gellert Hill rises majestically above the Danube River, offering visitors a panoramic view of the city of Budapest. Gellert Hill, rising about 140 meters above sea level, is named for Bishop Gellert , known for his mission to spread Christianity throughout Hungary. After the death of Saint Stephen, the first Christian king of Hungary, legend has it that the rebelling insurgent pagan Magyars sealed Gellert up in a barrel and hurled him down the side of the hill. Atop Gellert Hill sits the Citadel, a structure built by the Austrian Habsburgs between 1850 and 1854 in order to better control the city after the suppression of the Hungarian War of Independence. This fortress, which sits at the top of the hill, was originally about 200m long with walls about 6m high and up to 3m thick. Erected atop the hill in 1947, the Liberation Monument pays homage to the Soviet soldiers that freed the city from the Nazis during World War II.

Address: 1118 Budapest, Gellerthegy, Citadella
Directions: On the top of Gellert Hill in Buda. Access by bus #27 from Moricz Zs. korter. Get off at Busulo Juhasz (Citadella) stop and walk uphill. Cars not allowed.
Website: http://www.citadella.hu

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  • Updated Mar 21, 2007
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