• The monument of Gellert bishop on top of Gellert hill looking down to the city.
    Gellért Hill in Budapest
  • The outside of the cave church that is in Gellert hill.
    Gellért Hill cave church in Budapest
  • The main altar of the cave church in Gellert hill
    Inside the cave church on Gellert hill
  • The beautiful panorama of Citadel at Gellert hill with clouds at sunset
    The panorama of Gellert Hill
  • The statue of liberty at Citadel holding a palm leaf in her raised hands.
    The statue of Liberty on top of Gellert Hill at Citadel

Gellért-Hill

On Buda side of Budapest there is a 235-m-tall hill rising above the Danube, its name is Gellért-hegy (hill).

It is a favourite target for tourists since there is a breath-taking view of the city from the top of the hill. Budapest guides often mention it as the diamond of Budapest. It became part of the World Heritage in 1987. The hill is named after bishop Gellert who – according to the legend – was pushed into the river from the top of the hill, locked inside a barrel. His memory is preserved in a beautiful statue with a nice waterfall underneath it. The Gellert-hegy is a perfect destination for a small hike, either hand in hand with your sweetheart or just simply a nice walk to enjoy the view of the beautiful sights Budapest has to offer.

On the top of the hill, you can see the Hungarian Statue of Liberty, in form of a beautiful lady holding a palm leaf in her hands. Originally it was a memorial statue for the Soviet armies for having liberated Hungary from the Germans but now the gigantic statues of soldiers have been moved to the Statue Park with many other reminiscences of our past. The statue now is a popular meeting point for couples, friends and tourists.

Few Budapest guidebooks mention that you can also find a great sliding park and playground for the children in the hillside and that there are several spas in the area, such as Gellert Spa Rácz, Király, and Rudas.

Gellért-hill

It is located on Buda side.
Address:
Budapest, Gellérthegy
,
Hungary
Coordinates:47.486809, 19.046264
Public transport:
  • Bus: 7, 27, 107
  • Tram: 47, 48, 49
  • Metro: M4 - Gellért tér or Mórocz Zsigmond körtér
Year of building:
Opening hours:
Entrance fee:It's FREE
Fun facts:
  • The springs of Gellert hill, Mathias-, Rákóczi- and Árpád-springs, were created by geological faults and during the hot water upsurges caves were also formed. Its most famous cave is Saint Ivan cave where we can find inside the Saint Gellert cave-temple. This cave however is only partly natural because in 1925-26 it was expanded by new routes to transform it into a cave temple based on the Lourdes cave.
  • The North side of Gellért hill is called Tabán that is also a fantastic place for relaxation. During spring and summer different concerts are also held here.

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