Gellert Hill

Gellert Hill is a major attraction in Budapest, the capital city of Hungary, and a must-see on your Hungarian holiday. Gellert Hill is a 771-foot hill named for Saint Gerard Sagredo (who you might also hear called Gellert or Gerhard depending on which language you are listening to) who was a Roman Catholic bishop killed by pagan Hungarians in 1046 by being thrown down the hill. From visiting the citadel to the nearby Liberation Monument to the Gellert Hill Cave and the Gellert Baths, there are many attractions at Gellert Hill. In addition, the steep hill affords beautiful panoramic views of the whole city.

One of the main things to do while at Gellert Hill is to pay a visit to the prominent fortress atop the hill. The Citadel on Gellert Hill was built by the Austrian Hapsburgs in the 1850s to protect the city after an uprising occurred in 1848 and 1849. It was designed by Emánuel Zita and Ferenc Kasselik and then built by Julius Jacob von Haynau. The citadel, also known as the Citadella, occupies most of the top of the hill, consisting of a U-shaped structure with a central courtyard. Well worth the climb, the Citadel on Gellert Hill affords fantastic views of the Danube River and its many bridges from the hilltop perch, as Gellert Hill is the highest point in all of downtown Budapest.

Another one of the attractions at Gellert Hill is the Liberation Monument in Budapest. The Liberation Monument in Budapest is also sometimes known as the Liberty Statue, and is a prominent feature of Budapest\'s cityscape. The monument was designed by Zsigmond Kisfaludi Stróbl, and consists of a 46-foot tall statue that stands atop an 85-foot pedestal. The female figure holds a palm leaf in its hand. At the base of the monument are several more statures, so leave a little time on your trip to take a good look at all of the monument. Even though public sentiment in Hungary towards the Soviets would sour in the years followed World War II, the Liberation Monument in Budapest was erected in 1947 to commemorate the Soviet liberation of Hungary from the Nazis in World War II. Take a moment to take in the excellent views from this vantage point.

The Gellert Hill Cave is also worth a visit. Also called Saint Ivan's Cave after a hermit who is thought to have used the natural thermal waters of a nearby lake to heal sick people, the cave is part of a network of caves within the hill.

Several more attractions at Gellert Hill are found at the base of the hill. The Hotel Gellert is a famous historic Budapest hotel that was built in 1916 and 1918. The upscale hotel is widely renowned for its thermal baths. The Gellert Baths are some of the most popular thermal spas in Budapest, and in all of Hungary. A Hungary vacation wouldn't be complete without a soak in a thermal bath fed by natural springs. With over 50 spas, baths, and pools in Budapest alone, you will have many choices for your soak, but the Gellert Baths offer one of the most luxurious settings to be found in the city.

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