Gellért's Mountain

Citadella on Gellert Hill

Gellért Mountain (Hungarian: Gellért-hégy) is a forested peak rising to 235 metres on the Buda side of the city.

Its appearance and significance is somewhat reminiscent of Prague's Petřín, except that there are no cable cars to the mountain and instead of a lookout tower, there is a large military citadel on the top, from whose terrace you can enjoy magnificent views of the Danube and the Pest side of the city.

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The view from the citadel and the Statue of Liberty

The military citadel is the main attraction of Gellért Mountain. It was built between 1848 and 1849, when the Hungarian Revolution against the ruling Habsburgs took place. On the edge of the citadel, you can enjoy one of the best views of Budapest and the Danube from a spacious lookout point.

Between the terrace and the citadel, the statue of Liberty with the goddess Nike, built in 1947 to commemorate the victory of the Red Army, stands on a 14-metre high pedestal.

Location and transport

You can walk to the top from the Danube embankment, where the nearest metro station is Szent Gellért tér, but be aware that the hill is really steep. You can take the line 27 bus to the Búsuló Juhász (Citadella) stop, where you still have to continue uphill, but it's not nearly as steep.

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