Gellert Hill - Gellert Hegy, Budapest

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    Garden of Philosophy

    by Gypsystravels Updated Dec 9, 2014

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    Located in the vicinity of the Resevoir is this sculpture called the "Garden of Philosophy". Its a fountain encircled by 5 of the world's best known philosophers of all time.

    The circle starts with Abraham shown kneeling, then Ekhmaton, Szent Ferenc, Dharma and then Budha.

    On the right hand side of the fountain are square stone slabs with the names of Gandhi and Jesus.

    There is a marble stone slab with the following words "Garnen of Philosophy, for better mutual understanding" - Nandor Wagner (Japan) 2001

    5 Philosophers fountain Abraham kneeling Gandi stone slab - appears statue is gone Marble slab with inscription
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    Views of the Danube

    by Gypsystravels Updated Dec 9, 2014

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    Finding a wonderful place to view the Danube isn't hard. There are views from every part of Buda and Pest.

    Some of the best views are when you are perched high above the city from either Gellert Hill, Royal Palace and even Fisherman's Bastion, and even from the Dome of St. Stephan's Church.

    Strolling along the riverbank is a wonderful way to see the Danube as well. If you are visiting during the warmer months, a boat ride on the Danube will afford you even better views.

    Elizabeth Bridge and the Danube from Gellert Hill Danube with Chain & Elizabeth bridges & Parliament Another view of the Danube with Parliament
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    The Reservoir at Gellert Hill

    by Gypsystravels Updated Dec 9, 2014

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    As I was walking from Gellert Hill to the Castle District I came upon this wonderful park. The park, which is actually the resevoir, was a lovely open area. At the center of this park like setting is a sculpture by Marta Lessenyei. The sculpture is used to cover the surfure of the resevoir.

    There are magnificent views of the Danube, Gellert Hill and of the Royal Palace.

    This is just an example of the things you will happen upon if you just walk...

    Sculpture decorating the resevoir Sculpture by Marta Lessenyei
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    GELLERT HILL

    by balhannah Updated Mar 12, 2014

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    Gellert Hill, near the Elizabeth Bridge, is some-where I hoped to return to. Unfortunately, as in many big cities, there is too much to see in the allotted time, so I missed out.

    Gellért Hill is approx 140 metres high, and gets it name from Bishop Gellért Sagredo, known for spreading the word of Christianity throughout Hungary.

    There is a legend to this Hill, that goes something like this......
    After the first Christian king of Hungary died, rebelling insurgent pagan Magyars, sealed Bishop Gellért up in a barrel and hurled him down the side of the hill to his death. True or False?

    It is a UNESCO World Heritage site as part of "the Banks of the Danube".
    Gellert hill rises above the Danube River, so if your at the top, you should have a good view over Budapest city.
    There was once a Citadel, built by the Austrian Habsburgs between 1850 and 1854. Originally, the fortress had walls about 200 meters long with walls about 6 meters high and up to 3 meters thick! When the Habsburgs left, they tore down parts of the walls as a symbol of victory against the Austrians, how-ever the Citadel was used again to house Hungarian soldiers. In WWII, it was from the Citadel that a German SS regiment held the city at bay.
    Today, it's a Hotel.

    Liberty monument is on top of Gellert Hill, erected here in 1947 in recognition of Soviet soldiers who liberated the city from the Nazis during World War II. The Soviet soldier is not there now, as after the fall of Communism, it was moved to Memento Park on the outskirts of the city. Now stands a 14 metre high statue of a palm-bearing female.

    There is even a Cave church, founded in 1926.
    It was used by the Pauline order until 1951, when the church was closed by the Communists. It is open once again, and the statue of St. Stephen, the first Christian king of Hungary stands by the entrance.

    Near Elisabeth Bridge, is the impressive large bronze statue of Bishop Gellert, the martyr after whom the hill was named. The monument was built in 1904 at the site where Gellert was presumably killed in the 11th century.

    In January 2007, a new cave was discovered under Gellért Hill. during a private construction. It's 60 m long and 18 m deep and has three rooms where white crystals composed of gypsum, calcite, and aragonite have formed. The cave was created 300,000–500,000 years ago by a thermal spring.

    If you come to the parkland at night time, you may see Bats and Hedgehogs.

    You can climb the Gellért Hill starting at the Elisabeth Bridge near the Gellért Monument, or you can take the (steeper) route starting at the Gellért Hotel.
    If you have walking problems, take a bus or taxi.

    Gellert Monument
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    Gellert hill.

    by rosequartzlover1 Written Dec 13, 2013

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    Gellért Hill or Gellért-hegy is a small hill on the west side of the Danube river bank that we can see some of the best panoramic views of Budapest. With the hight of 235 meter, we can see the structure of the city and the difference between the hilly Buda side and the flat Pest side, with the Danube dividing the two..There are large caves found in the hillside , so the hill’s former name was “Pest” or “Pesti-hegy” or in Latin ”Mons Pestiensis” or “cave” in english.Hungarian language didn't have a word for cave, so they borrowed the Slavic word " pest " from the people who lived here.
    In the 18th century, the slopes of Gellért Hill were covered with vineyards. The Tabán district at the foot of the hill was an important center of winemaking in Buda. Gellért Hill was a strategic military position in the Second World War as well as the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, when Soviet tanks bombarded the city from here.
    Now Gellert hill is a wealthy residential area,embassies and ambassadorial residences line the streets which wind up the hill. Since 1987, the area is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site as part of "the Banks of the Danube".
    A large proportion of the hill consists of parkland and playground for children,as you can see from picture 5 …wisely using benefit of hill slope to place the plaything.
    On the 4th picture ,you'll see Szabadsag hid or Liberty bridge which was built between 1894-1896 with the lenght of 333 meter and 20 m. wide.
    The best way to enjoy the city views from different heights of this hill is to walk up on the steps and sloping pathways.The scenery is worth walking. You will find these ways up right at the end of Elizabeth bridge and the other side of the foothill opposite to Gellert bath.Or take bus 27 from Móritz Zsigmond körtér to the top of the hill.

    Gellert hill. view from the hill. That's Szabadsag bridge and Gellert bath. Children playground.

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    Gellert hill and St.Gellert statue.

    by rosequartzlover1 Written Dec 12, 2013

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    The Gellert hill named after Bishop Gellért (Gerard), he was an Italian Benedictine monk from Venice, who served in the Kingdom of Hungary (specifically in Buda), where he educated Emeric of Hungary, the son of King Stephen of Hungary. He played a major role in converting Hungary to Christianity as the Bishop of Csanád.He was thrown to death from this hill by pagans in the fight against Christianity in September 1046. He was put in a 2- wheel cart and rolled down into the deep from the top of the hill,then still being alive at the bottom, was beaten to death. There’s some other story report him as being put in a spiked barrel and rolled down the hill.,. He was canonized in 1083, along with St. Stephen and St. Emeric. Gerard is now one of the patron saints of Hungary.His statue, which faces Elizabeth Bridge and holds a cross, can be seen from many parts of city.
    There ‘s another of his statue in some other city in Hungary as well ,which is Székesfehérvár,a city in central Hungary and is the 9th largest in the country. Located around 65 km southwest of Budapest.The last picture I borrow from wiki website , picture of statue “St. Gerard and a boy” and I assumed that the boy should be Emeric ,son of King Stephen.

    St. Gellert statue.

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    Central Buda: Gellert Hill

    by antistar Updated Oct 24, 2013

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    Gellert Hill can be seen from all over the city, and offers the best views in the city, and easily some views you'll see anywhere in the world. Although you get great views through the trees and from various landmarks dotted around the park on your walk up, the views from the citadella on top are the most outstanding.

    The hill is named after St. Gerard, who, according to legend, was killed by pagans after being rolled down the side of the hill in a barrel. Later the hill became home to another famous Christian, St. Ivan, who lived as a hermit within Gellert cave, offering healing to the faithful through the hill's hot mineral spring water.

    There's some residential buildings and embassies on the hill, and it used to be a massive vineyard, but today it's mostly parkland, with bats and other creatures more commonly seen further out in the countryside. I swear I saw a snake. I took a picture of its tail after it slid under a large branch, but I've yet to identify it...

    Gellert Hill, Budapest Elizabeth Bridge Entrance, Gellert Hill, Budapest Possible Snake, Gellert Hill, Budapest Gellert Hill from the Liberty Bridge, with my son

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    Gellért Hill

    by shavy Written Aug 31, 2013

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    Stunning view over the city covered by a landscape park topped by Liberty Statue and the Citadel
    The Citadel occupies the top of the hill, the Statue of Liberty in front of the Citadel is one of the few remaining Soviet monuments. It commemorates the liberation of Hungary from the Nazis

    Start climbing the hill from Gellert square follow one of the many walking paths up the hill,enjoy the stunning view of the city that changes with each turn along the way. Stop at the many viewing platforms and relax on the benches
    On the top of the hill take a look at the statue of liberty and walk around the citadel walk down from the hill on the other side

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    Gellert Hill

    by mindcrime Written Dec 16, 2012

    Less popular than Castle Hill one morning we visited Gellert Hill and loved it as it offers some nice paths, great views over the city but also some monuments. It’s 140m high and named after bishop Gellert Sagredo that spread Christianity all over Hungary. He was a martyr that was hurled down the hill inside a barrel (ok maybe that’s just a legend) by people of prince Vata (brother of King Stephen I). According to other stories this was also a place where witches were practicing their weird ceremonies :)

    We started from Gellert Hotel where a path goes up to the hill, we made a stop at Cave church and then walked up through the paths. It seems a bit confusing but have the big statue on pic 1 as a target and you’ll be fine :) On the way we saw girls doing sunbathing while they were reading books on the grass but there also some nice spots with view of the city (pic 2) and we kept walking up until we reached the big statue.

    This is the Liberation Monument that was erected in 1947 for the soviet soldiers that liberated Budapest from the Nazis. There used to be a soviet soldier in front of the monument we see today but was moved to a park. From the small terrace in front of the monument you will have some extra shots over Budapest.
    Then we visited the Citadel(Citadella), a fortress with 3m thick walls (and 6meters high) that was built in 1854 after the Hungarian War of Independence but was partly destroyed when Habsburgs left Budapest in 1867. The citadel was built on the same spot where the ottoman had built a much smaller fortress. We took some pictures of the artillery outside(pic 4), in our days it houses a small museum, a café and a restaurant… while we were there 3 tour buses arrived so all the people of the souvenir stores got excited :) We took some extra photos from other view points (pic 5) and then followed the paths down the other side toward Gillert Monument.

    Gellert Hill view from Gellert Hill Liberation monument artillery at citadel view from Gellert Hill
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    Gellert Hill

    by hungariangirl896 Written Aug 23, 2012

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    The Gellert Hill occupies a location that allows you to see the entire city of Budapest and the Danube. A long time ago, the Gellert Hill was central to the city's wine production. Later, this hill was actively used in World War II and the Hungarian Revolution. Today on Gellert Hill you can visit the citadel and military museum as well as the Liberty Statue, which stands for Soviet success in the second world war. Parks and houses of the wealthy surround the area, and near the citadel there are some very nice restaurants. Gellert Hill is a nice, romantic place to stroll on a summer evening (or any night that is not cloudy). You wouldn't think so, but clear, snowy winter nights are a great time to go because there are no crowds, it's very quiet, and you can see a beautiful lit-up view of the city (in the snow). It's a great place for photos and I definitely recommend a visit, so you can take in all of Budapest. :)

    view from Gellert Hill view from Gellert Hill St. Gellert on the hill view from Gellert Hill view from Gellert Hill
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  • Take in the View (Just Avoid Any Barrels!)

    by Jetgirly Written Apr 1, 2011

    Climbing up from the end of the Erzsebet Bridge will leave you winded, but with scenic views of Pest. You'll also have the chance to get up close and personal with a statue of St. Gellert (whom the hill is named after). Legend has it that the pagans were out to get Gellert, so they sealed him in a barrel and pushed him down this very hill. Perhaps the barrel rolled all the way across the river to the Inner City Church, where his remains remain today? Gellert is backed by a colonnade with a waterfall flowing beneath him. This park is best visited during daylight hours!

    St. Gellert on Gellert Hill, Budapest Colonnade at Gellert Hill Gellert Statue, Budapest Waterfall at Gellert Hill, Budapest
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    Gellert hill

    by Raimix Updated Mar 4, 2011

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    Gellert hill proves that Budapest is on the hilly area and this city has great panoramic views. This place named St. Gellert hill for commemorating the death of this Saint man. In 1046 he was martyred and rolled down the hill in a barrel.

    There are a few famous places on Gellert hill: The Liberation monument, St. Gellert's Memorial and Citadella.

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    Gellert Hill Citadel

    by dustmon Written Jun 25, 2010

    We, of course, were taken on our cruise tour to the top of Gellert Hill for a view in the drizzling rain, and the had a great tall figure advertising the Show up the hill at the Citadel---they must have a circus show of a kind going on now, but we went no further than the view over the Danube and the city below. My son has done some stiltwalking so I took the pic.....

    stiltwalker for the citadel View from Gellert Hill
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    Gellert Hill

    by illumina Written Jan 16, 2010

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    Gellert Hill lies on the Buda side of the Danube, to the south of Obuda, between Erszebet hid and Szabadsag hid ('hid' meaning bridge). The hill was named after Szent Gellert (St. Gerard), who was a bishop who played an important part in converting Hungary to Christianity. He was thrown to his death from this hill.

    At the top of the hill is the Citadella, where some wonderful views over the city and the Danube are available.

    Gellert Hill from the bottom View of the city in the mist from Gellert Hill
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    Gellert Hill

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 15, 2009

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    This is a good place to walk off your tensions. It has a number of winding trails that take you to the top for the statues commemorating the loss of Russian soldiers in taking back the city from Germany in WWII. There is a fort on top of the hill called Citadella. It was occupied to watch the territory for years. It is almost 700 feet high and the walk can be fatiguing. The Liberty statues on top is seen for miles, as intended; that is what the Russians intended.

    Monument to Russian military losses here entry into the sanctuary-no pictures allowed view from over a cross to Pest Sir Istavan Hiraly praying alcoves in the stone caves
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