Gellert Hill (Hegy), Budapest
I loved my walk up to Gellert Hill, it was a pretty easy climb to the top of Liberation Monument and the Citadel. The views were quite specatular and rewarding after the climb especially since the weather was starting to clear up.
From here you have a great view across the Danube with views of all three bridges and even a glimpse of Parliament. It is well worth the extra effort to get up here.
Looking out high over the city stands the statue to St. Gellert. It is one of Budapest's landmarks. Like a lot of other things in Budapest it is beautiful from a distance. Up close the good Saint is a little in disrepair. He still stands tall but could use a little sprucing up. But that is part of the charm of Budapest. My research told me that Bishop Gellert died a martyr in the 11th century. Legend has it that he was pushed by pagans from this very spot. They sealed him in a barrel and tossed him down into the Danube. The statue is located just above the Elizabeth Bridge on Gellert Hill.
Take bus 27, or tram lines 18,17,47 or 49.
The monument marks the place where Bishop St. Gellert was martyred, rolled down the hill into the Danube in a barrel in 1046.
It is situated on the top of the hill right across the Elizabeth Bridge, if coming from the direction of the Inner City towards the Castle District.
Gellert Hill is the perfect vantage point to view central Budapest. At the summit are the Liberation Monument and Citadella.
The hill itself is named after Bishop Gellert who had been invited by St. Stephen to help convert pagan Magyars to Christianity.
Fondest memory: As legend goes , in the wake of Stephen's death, Gellert met his untimely death after being toppled of the hillside in a barrel by militant heathens. His bronze statue stands on the spot where he was martyred.
To reach the summit you can either climb the winding paths from the statue or Hotel Gellert , or catch a bus to the top.
The panoramic views from the summit are
unparalled elsewhere in Budapest.
Favorite thing: A much better way to climb up Gellert Hill in Budapest than the one suggested in the guidebook is from Szent Gellert ter at the end of the Szabadsag Bridge. It’s less steep, has better views and is less dingy than the steps from the end of Erzsebet Bridge