Gellert Hill - Gellert Hegy - Citadella, Budapest

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    Liberation Monument: Lasting Symbol of Budapest

    by dcwizard Written Mar 9, 2004

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    Liberation Monument at Dusk

    The Liberation Monument at the Citadella on Gellért Hill was originally erected by the Communists in 1947 to pay homage to the Soviets who liberated Hungary from the Nazis. The figure of the woman holding a palm leaf over her head symbolizes the liberation, but also became an enduring symbol of Budapest. So the monument remained after the end of Communism in 1989. However, the statue of a liberating Soviet soldier is now "exiled" to Szoborpark (Statue Park). The text on the monument used to list the names of those Red Army soldiers who died during the liberation in Cyrillic. Now the text reads, "In memory of all those who gave their lives for the independence, liberty, and happiness of Hungary."

    The one time I climbed the hill to get a closer look at the Citadella and Liberation Monument, the area was off limits due to the St. Stephen's Day celebrations on August 20. It turns out that Gellért Hill is the perfect place from which to launch fireworks!

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    Gellert Hill

    by biggeorge Written Feb 18, 2004

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    St Gellert , extreme sports enthusiast

    Steep hill that is named after St Gellert who took a nose dive off it in either, a wheelbarrow ,or a barrel full of spikes ,depending on who you listen to.
    On the top Theres a woman with a palm tree who commemerates the er , liberation by the Soviets.

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    Rise to the Gellert hill

    by IngaA Updated Jan 29, 2004

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    Here the stairs begin

    One of the highest point of the city. Located at the right bank of Danube, it is dominated by the Citadella fortress with the monument of liberation, made as a fidure of woman with a laure in her hands.
    Gives the breathtaking view down to the city and river.
    On the hill there is also statue of Szent (St.) Gellert, one of the first Christians who refused to give up Christianity and was dropped from the hill by pagans. On that place there is a water source.

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    The view from the Citadel

    by Mique Updated Dec 19, 2003

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    Budapest seen from the Citadel

    At first we wanted to forgo the allmost obligatory stop to the Citadel and do something else on the sunday i was to fly back from Budapest to Amsterdam. But after we had had a lazy breakfast in the september sun on the balcony of our B&B, we just didn't have enough time anymore. So we went with the car up to the Citadel. And although the place is very very touristy with all the shops and that and all the tour-buses stopping there as well.. i still enjoyed the view immensely. And of course trying to puzzle out which building was what... which kept us amused for a while too.

    I was just glad we didn't have to climb up the hill. It was still around 25 degrees (in september) and it is quite a climb..

    Unfortunately the Citadel itself is not much.

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    Citadel, Gellert Hill

    by acemj Updated Dec 11, 2003

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    Gellert Hill offers more great views of the Danube. Crowning the hill is the Citadel, which was built by the Hapsburgs after the revolution of the mid 19th century. Today it houses a restaurant and a hotel.
    Just below the Citadel (and from everywhere else in Budapest) you'll see the Liberation Monument which was erected by the Soviets as a reminder that they 'saved' Budapest from the Germans. Most locals hate it.

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    The Citadel and Gellert Hill

    by belgrade03 Written Nov 9, 2003

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    View from the Gellert Hill and Citadel

    One can enjoy a breathtaking view of Buda castle and the city of Budapest from the Citadel on top of Gellert Hill. There are 2 famous spots at Gellert hill beside the Citadel, St. Bishop’s Memorial and the Liberation Monument. St. Bishop’s Memorial marks the place where bishop St. Gellert was martyred and rolled down the hill into the Danube in a barrel in 1046. Atop the Gellert Hill, 130 m above the Danube, the Liberation Monument occupies the most eye-catching spot in the city. The bronze female figure together with its pedestal reaches 40 m.

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    Gellert Hill and Citadel

    by KamaO Written Aug 5, 2003

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    Gellert Hill with Citadel

    The 235m high hill, a rare sight in the moddle of the city, is a natural reserve area and a favourite strolling place. The view which opens up from the top, with the 14m high Liberation Monument (1947), is said to be even more breath-taking than the one from the Fishermens' Bastion. The Citadel, which was built by the Austrians after the repression of the 1848-1849 War Of Independence to provide military control over the town, and was reffered to as "Bastille on the Gellert Hill" by a Hungarian newspaper in 1855, soon lost its significance as a fortification. Today it is a tourist sight with hotel, restaurant and cafe. The St,Gellert Monument, errected in 1904, is one of the ten "royal statues" donated to the capital by Emperor Franz Joseph. Flood-lit at night, it is a marvellous sight with the cascading water-fall.

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    Gellert Hill

    by HORSCHECK Written Jul 21, 2003

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    Pest panorama from Gellert Hill

    The Gellert Hill (Gellert Hegy) is 236 m high and offers a beautiful panorama of the city and the Danube. In 1854 The Austrians built a fortress Citadella on the of the hill. Moreover the 46 meter tall Liberty Statue can be found here.

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    Gellert Hill

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Dec 2, 2013
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    On the Buda side of the river, this hill is a great viewpoint with a historical fort and a communist era sculpture, the Liberty Sculpture.

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    magical view over the city

    by edinka Written Feb 23, 2008

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    view over the city from Citadelle

    If you want to enjoy a magical view over the whole city and how river Danube splits the city in half, climb up to Gellert Hill - Citadella and enjoy the nice wheather and sights.

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    by popi3 Written Sep 1, 2007
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    The freedom Monument at the Citadella on Gellért Hill.The central form of monument shows a woman it keeps up to her head a leaf of palm. With the pedestal it has height 14m measures.

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    One more great photo spot

    by cold_dead_bunny Written Feb 4, 2007

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    Unfortunatly, did not reached the Citadellia itself, but came across not bad photo spots on the way.

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    Going up to Gellert hill

    by DPando Written Apr 7, 2006

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    I saw just a thing that makes it worth to go up there...and it was the precious seesight from the city... so dont waste the time going up !!

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    Gellert Hill

    by Maggies Written May 11, 2004

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    Gellert Hill

    St Gellert brought Christianity to Hungary and he was the one who went down the hill in a wheelbarrow.

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    Monument of Liberty (Citadel)....

    by zeelie Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Monument of Liberty (Citadel). This Soviet monumnet statute was erected to commemorate the defeat of Nazis.

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