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  Erzsébet Kilátó, Janos Hegy, Budapest
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  • Erzsébet Kilátó, Janos Hegy, Budapest - Budapest
      Erzsébet Kilátó, Janos Hegy, Budapest
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      View from Janos Hegy, Budapest
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      View from Janos Hegy, Budapest
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      View from Janos Hegy, Budapest
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  • Floor Mosaic, Erzsébet Kilátó, Budapest - Budapest
      Floor Mosaic, Erzsébet Kilátó, Budapest
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"Of everything we've seen in Budapest, this is the most amazing," said a tourist as I crested the top stair of Erzsébet Kilátó, the tower that sits on top of Janos Hegy. It's hard to argue with that.

Erzsébet Kilátó is a spiral stepped look-out tower on top of Budapest's tallest hill. It offers views the likes of which you will see nowhere else. At over 500m, but only a few kilometers from the centre, you can see everything: the Parliament, the castle, Gellert Hill, the Danube, and of course the rolling green hills that cover most of the Buda side of the river.

The look-out tower should look familiar to anyone who's already visited Buda Castle, as it was designed by the same architect, Frigyes Schulek, who created the Fisherman's Bastion. I also spotted a similar looking viewing platform on Szechenyi hill nearby.

This was originally the favourite spot of one of the last Hungarian royals, Queen Elizabeth, after whom the tower is named. In communist times the local junta took it over and planted a gigantic red communist star on the top, the weight of which damaged the building considerably.

It's not a famous tourist site, but it's very popular with the locals, who come up here in their droves on sunny days. It's beautiful, peaceful, and surprisingly easy to reach. See the Chair Lift for info on the easiest way of getting to the top.

Address: János-hegy hill, Buda side
Directions: Take the chairlift from Zugliget, the Pioneer Railway from Szechenyi Hill, or the Cog Wheel train to the same station and walk up through Normafa.
Phone: +36 1 224 5900

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  • Updated Oct 24, 2013
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