Gellert Hill - Gellert Hegy - Citadella, Budapest

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1118 Budapest, Gellerthegy, Citadella

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    Gellert Monument
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    view from the hill.
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  • That's Szabadsag bridge and Gellert bath.
    That's Szabadsag bridge and Gellert...
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    Great Hill with Leaf Bearing Monument

    by seasonedveteran Written Mar 23, 2008
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    Liberation Monument that overlooks the city and declares once and for all that communism is failed and gone forever!

    Be sure to have your bearings, cause at the base of the white bridge is the beginning of the huge steps you must climb to have the pleasure of taking fantastic shots of the city from above.

    by the way, the liberation statue is huge! too big to get good pictures in fact.

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    A Great Look-Out

    by viddra Written Apr 8, 2007
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    The Citadel, on Gellért Hill, was built by the Austrians to control the city after the 1848-1849 war of independence. Today it’s nothing else than a great look-out, with a restaurant, a café and a hotel.

    On the top of the hill there’s a 14 m high Liberation Monument (1947), which can be seen from Pest.

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    Szabadság Szobor

    by sinisar Written Dec 16, 2006
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    Szabadság Szobor was first erected in 1947 in remembrance of the Soviet liberation of Hungary from Nazi forces during World War II. Its location upon Gellért Hill makes it a prominent feature of Budapest's cityscape. The existing 14 meter tall bronze statue stands atop a 26 meter pedestal and holds a palm branch. Several smaller statues are also present around the base, but the original monument consisted of several more that have since been removed from the site and relocated to Statue Park. The monument was designed by Zsigmond Kisfaludi Stróbl. At the time of the monument's construction, the Soviet liberation from Nazi forces event was considered a liberation -- leading to the original inscription upon the memorial, which can be translated to read "Erected by the grateful Hungarian Nation in memory of the liberating Russian heroes." Over the following years, public sentiment toward the Soviets decreased to the point of revolution, which was attempted in 1956 and subsequently damaged some portions of the monument. After the 1989 transition from Communist rule to a more Democratic government, the inscription was modified to read (translated from Hungarian), "To the memory of all of those who sacrificed their lives for the independence, freedom, and success of Hungary."

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    The Gellert hill and Citadel

    by maritagnes Written Feb 22, 2006

    The Gellert hill rises 140 metres above the level of the river, but offers a magnificent view over the city. You can see both Buda and Pest, divided by the Danube river from there. We didn't walk to the summit, we chose to spend our time in the Gellert baths, but I'm sure it's worth the 15-20 minute climb. You can also reach the top by bus.

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    Well Worth the Climb

    by montvalian Written Nov 8, 2005
    Budda and Pest, from Gellert Hill (facing west)
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    A thirty-minute steep hike up a wooded trail leads you to the best view of Budapest. From the Citadella you can see all of the city and much of the rich suburban and more rural neighborhoods to the southeast side. This point offers an excellent view of Budda Castle. The trail is composed of small rocks and dirt and it seems to be muddy even when it's warm and sunny out. Wear old shoes.

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  • St. Gellert Monument

    by grkboiler Updated Nov 16, 2004
    St. Gellert Monument

    The monument to St. Gellert is located at Gellert Hill overlooking the Erzsebet Bridge in Buda. It can be seen from just about anywhere in the city. It was built in 1904 to honor St. Gellert. Supposedly this was the spot where he was killed in the 11th century. The fountain is fed by a natural water source that is located here.

    Read my following tip for more info on St. Gellert.

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  • St. Gellert Monument

    by grkboiler Written Nov 16, 2004
    St. Gellert Monument

    The statue of St. Gellert sits atop the St. Gellert Monument. Supposedly, this was the spot where he was murdered.

    St. Gellert was a bishop who worked to convert people to Christianity. He was allegedly killed by a mob opposing conversion by being placed into a barrel and thrown into the Danube. At the foot of his statue is a Hungarian convert kneeling to the Saint.

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  • Liberation Monument

    by grkboiler Written Nov 16, 2004
    Liberation Monument

    The Liberation Monument is on top of Gellert Hill. It was placed here to commemorate the liberation of Budapest by the Russian army in 1945. The largest statue, standing 14 m (46 ft) is of a woman holding a palm leaf. A statue of a Russian soldier was once located here but was removed after the fall of Communism and moved to Statue Park.

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    Panoramic views

    by mean_green_leftovers Updated Nov 28, 2004
    Green Bridge peeking through

    The Gellérthegy (Gellert Hill) is a must visit. From the top, one has wonderful views of a large portion of the city. There are also a lot of little enclaves along the climb, and it is a long one, where you can sit and enjoy the views. These are also handy for getting together with friends to drink large quantities of wine before going out for the night. I wish that we had done that more before it got too cold. There is also the cave church on the south side of the hill. This is worth checking out and is not very far up the hill. Of course, like always, tourists should wear conservative clothing and should not interrupt mass. On the north side, there is also a cool statue of St. Gellért who was killed in the 11th century by Pagans who rolled him down the hill in a barrel. What they lacked in not killing people, they didn't lack in creativity. There is a unique view of Erzsebét híd (Elizabeth Bridge) from this statue. The park along the climb is also a nice place to relax during the day and there is a playground on the south side.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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