Gellért Hill (Gellért-hegy)

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Budapest, Gellért-hegy

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Free

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Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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Across the Danube River from the Inner City lies Gellért Hill. Measuring 771 feet high, this neighborhood is best known for its 19th-century citadel, but the area is also home to an arboretum, a church built into a cave and various statues, such as the Liberty Statue (a traveler favorite) and one of the region's namesake, Saint Gerard. Legend has it that the Italian monk was pushed off of the hill to his death in the 1000s.

On a sunny day, visitors say Gellért Hill offers jaw-dropping views of the river and downtown Budapest. Travelers also praise the neighborhood's statues but recommend learning more about their histories before arriving to supplement your visit. What's more, some caution that the walk up the hill is exhausting, but limited parking is available by the citadel for a fee. You can also take the No. 27 bus most of the way up to the Búsuló Juhász stop.

Gellért Hill welcomes visitors for free 24 hours a day, but a 500 to 600 forint charge (or $2 to $2.50 per person, depending on age) applies to enter the neighborhood's church. Opening hours may also vary by sight. In addition to the hill's attractions, you'll find restrooms (which cost extra to use) and several vendors selling snacks and beverages. To find out more about the area's history, visit Budapest Festival and Tourism Center's Gellért Hill page.

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#1 Fisherman's Bastion (Halászbástya)

Located in the historic district of Castle Hill, Fisherman's Bastion is a neo-Gothic terrace that looks like a structure taken straight out of a fairy tale. Designed and built in 1905 by Frigyes Schulek – the same architect who built the adjacent Matthias Church – Fisherman's Bastion is named after the medieval guild of fishermen who protected Budapest from invasion.

Visitors say Fisherman's Bastion's gleaming white structure provides panoramic views of the city: From here, you can snap some breathtaking pictures of the Danube River, Margaret Island and Pest. Also save time for exploring the sight's seven ornate turrets, which symbolize the tents of the seven Magyar leaders who settled the Carpathian Basin, ultimately leading to the existence of modern-day Hungary. 

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