The attractions of Budapest, Hungary
My absolute favorite side of Budapest is the Gellert Hill and the Citadel:Rising steeply above the capital, Gellért Hill (Gellért- hegy) seems from the Danube to be a huge cliff, al- though it is only 140 metres (430 ft.) above the level of the river. Owing to its exceptional situation, it offers a peerless panorama of the entire city. Up to the end of the nineteenth century this was the limit of the town of Buda, and the hill served as an outpost and fortress of Buda Castle. The plateau is still not fully built over: only on the southern and western slopes can we find villas. The top can be reached on foot in a good quarter of an hour from the Buda end of either Elizabeth or Liberty Bridge. The motor road starts from Elizabeth bridge, but bus 27 starting at Móricz Zsigmond körtér will also take you to the summit.
The Citadel, the fortress on top of the hill, was built between 1850 and 1854 by the despotic Habsburg authorities to control the city after the suppression of the Hungarian War of Independence. The walls in the east-west direction are 200 metres (220 yds.) long, 4 to 6 metres (13-20 ft.) high and at some points 3 metres (10 ft.) thick. In 1897 the Austrian troops left the fortress, and in 1899 the city of Budapest, which bought it, had the walls symbolically demolished -as can still be seen next to the main gate-but then it was again used to house Hungarian soldiers. During the 1944-45 siege it was from the Citadel (and from Castle Hill) that the encircled German troops kept the city under gunfire until their final surrender. Today the Citadel serves as a look-out terrace and has a restaurant. The former barracks have been converted into a tourist hostel. The Liberation Monument (the work of Zsigmond Kisfaludi Strobl) was erected in 1947 to commemorate the liberation of the country and in honour of the soldiers of the liberating Soviet Army (today we call it occupation). The female figure holding the palm of victory together with the pedestal is 40 metres (132 ft.) high. In front of it is the statue of a Soviet soldier; of the two accessory figures one vanquishes the symbolic figure of destruction and devastation, the other one raises high the torch of progress. The names of fallen Soviet soldiers are carved on the pedestal. On the. southern and western slopes below the Citadel the Jubilee Park was completed in 1965-66; from here the view extends to the semicircle of the Buda hills. Of the statues in the park mention must be made of István Kiss's relief "Budapest" and of Ferenc Medgyessy's work "St. Gerard's (Gellért's) Fountain" standing in the lower end of the park.
Things about Budapest you may be interested in
Read about Budapest in our travel-guide
A trip to the Budapest ZooThe best things to do in Budapest
Recommended Budapest Guide
This is an Irish Pub filled with high-energy. People come here to dance to the beat of funk, disco, Irish, Latin, reggae, and rock music. They are open every day from 11am until 2am. Budapest Nightlife - Alcatraz Club The name was taken from a very notorious jail in the world. In addition, of course, with that name comes the atmosphere of a prison cell with the music which varies from disco and funk to salsa and soul play by the DJ or a live band. It opens at 6pm during Mondays to Saturdays. It closes at 2am from Mondays to Wednesdays and at 4am from Thursdays to Saturdays.... Read more »
Recent reviews for Budapest
Five reasons to visit Budapest - Aug 27, 2008, by lindamura
Budapest, the capital city of Hungary, is located on a beautiful side of the Danube and has two parts – Buda and Pest. Buda is the older part with medieval buildings; Pest is the commercial center, a beautiful blend of new and old... Read more »
How to save money in Budapest? - Aug 25, 2009, by magicmushroom
Budapest is the best and one of the cheapest places in Central Europe, if you know where to go and what to do.. Getting from the Airport or Train Station to your hostel From Terminal 2.: Use the airport bus N: 200E to the Kobanya-Kispest... Read more »
A trip to the Budapest Zoo - Nov 7, 2008, by szbogi
After the wedding we stayed some days in Budapest. Zoli's brother is living and working here, so we had a cheap place to stay:) At this time Anita, a girl from the United States was staying at Zoli's brother as well. Her family and Zoli's... Read more »
Must see the Tropicarium in Budapest - Jun 22, 2009, by angel
There is a specially decorated and maintained part in the Tropicarium which is like a tropical rainforest (picture 10). Here in every 20 or 30 minutes a tropical storm begins which you can watch from inside of it. You can hear thunders and... Read more »
Visiting the Budapest Tropicarium - Jun 22, 2009, by angel
If you are in Budapest, Hungary I advise you to visit the Tropicarium. This is like a zoo but here you will see only tropical animals and plants. The Tropicarium is located in a shopping center called Campona. I can't really give directions... Read more »
More reviews you might be interested in
Constance reviews - Germany
Mainau is an island in Lake Constance. It is maintained as a garden island and a model of excellent environmental practices. We just arrived to...
Things to do in Constance
Waldburg reviews - Germany
On a steep, conical hill, the highest point of Oberschwaben (772 m above sea-level) the Waldburg rises. It was the ancestral castle of the lineage...
What to see in Waldburg
Mikinai reviews - Greece
If you're near to Mykene, you should really go there. It's a well preserved antique Greek city, digged out by the german Heinrich Schliemann in the...
Daytrip to the ancient Mykene
Ghadames reviews - Libya
Prezzo in all inclusive, full board, 4 voli interni, visti Euro 1.490,00 a persona in hotel 2/3 stelle a Tripoli, 2 stelle a Ghadames e Dar Tellil...
Mexico City reviews - Mexico
Über Mexico Die Mexicaner sind sehr stolz auf ihre Traditionen. Sie haben überall Traditionen, wie zum Beispiel in der Kunst, im...
Meinem Besuch in Mexiko
Serangoon Garden Estate reviews - Singapore
Serangoon gardens is known for its food as well as entertainment. There is a famous eatery place named "Chomp Chomp". it is just...
Chomp Chomp at Serangoon gardens
Monastir reviews - Tunisia
The ride to Monastir was in comparison to the distance before quite easy, because we were in the vicinity of the only highway in Tunisia, so it was...
Predeal reviews - Romania
Predeal resort is situated in the center of Romania between the Bucegi montains, Postavaru, Piatra Mare and Clabucet and between the spring sources...
Short visit to Predeal
Sinaia reviews - Romania
Sinaia resort is situated in Prahova county, at the foot of Bucegi Mountains, at 60 km distance from Ploiesti and 50 km from Brasov. It is a major...
Hiking and ski in Sinaia, Romania
Zurs reviews - Austria
Not far from the border with Germany you can find the best skiing in Austria, or so some say. The twin resorts of Lech and Zurs are located in the...
Great ski resorts in the Austrian Zurs and Lech