"Gellert Hill: Cidatella & Views" Citadella - Citadel Tip by monkeytrousers

Citadella - Citadel, Budapest: 29 reviews and 63 photos

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Ontop of Gellert Hill is a citadella which was never actually used for its original purpose as a fortress. As expected from such a high vantage point there are some great views of the city and the surrounding areas from here. My favourite is the one looking down on the castle.

The large monument here viewable from most of the city of a woman holding a palm leaf was built as a tribute to the Soviet soldiers that died to liberate the country at the end of World War 2. It is the only communist era monument or statue left on view in the city except for the ones preserved at statue park. The names of the soldiers were however removed which perhaps shows still the sensitivity of the issue of communism and how keeping this monument intact must have took a lot of discussion.

You can either walk up the side of the hill from near the river bank or it is possible to get public transport to near the top.

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.
Phone: 36706393757
Website: http://www.citadella.hu

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jul 23, 2007
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