Citadel

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Located on the summit of Gellert Hill, this fortress was built by the Hapsburgs in 1854 to keep the city under surveillance.
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Neighborhood: Gellért Hill
If you want to treat your camera to some amazing scenery, Gellért Hill is a must on your itinerary. A funicular journey from the Chain Bridge along the hillsides provides a fast connection between Buda and Pest, hoisting visitors to panoramic vistas. Once on top of the hill, you’ll find the Citadel dominate the landscape with its imposing 19th century construction, a site that’s hard to keep your eyes on without being distracted by the phenomenal view over the Danube and the eight bridges crossing. Once on Gellért Hill however, one mustn’t miss the famous Gellért Baths. Budapest is renown for its thermal waters and its baths, and the Gellért Baths are housed in an impressive art nouveau structure. Its interior design, with its many mosaics, recalls the preceding relationships the city has had with healing springs and saunas, traditionally used within this neighborhood since the Ottoman Empire.
How to get there
  • Szent Gellért tér • 9 min walk
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David M
Parsberg, Germany14 contributions
Closed for renovations until “2022”
May 2021 • Friends
Closed for renovations!!
Awesome views though even with the fence in the way.

The hike was great, but the grounds are off limits until 2022.

Of note, the hike had several homeless people camps, human feces and clothes around the waterfall portion at the start. The smell was pretty bad, and it’s clear that it is a popular place to stay for homeless people.

Graffiti was also prevalent on the hike, several humorous ones too.
Written June 11, 2021
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Traveller8071
France2,015 contributions
To walk around and go down by walk
Aug 2020
If you go to Citadelle, you can go up by walk, it s bit sportive but nice. Otherwise taxi from city center takes 10mn for 7 to 10 euros.

You can walk around citadelle but can t enter in.

View around is nice, you can accessto Gellert hotel and baths as well;

Walking down from Citadelle to join Pest side is easier and nice to walk and see
Written August 23, 2020
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OZS_ATW
Budapest, Hungary1,749 contributions
The best panoramic view of the River Danube
Aug 2020
Citadel on the the top of the Gellert Hill is a must place to visit.
You can see the best panoramic view of the River Danube. The monument is also cool.
The best sunset views of Budapest is there!
Written August 17, 2020
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Tiberiu_Baranyi
Timisoara, Romania5,730 contributions
Walking through history itself ... with a view
Jan 2020
The Citadel of Budapest its a fairly recent addition to the cities historical buildings - when I say fairly recent, well it was built after the 1848-49 revolution, by the austrian authorities .... it for years for the inhabitants of Budapest it has been a symbol of the austrian occupation.
Designed by an austrian military engineer it was built in only 4 years on top of the Gellert mountain and had a few dozen gun emplacements overlooking the city bellow.
It was dismantled in 1899 and it was re-commissioned during WWII and played a role in the hopeless (and futile) and desperate German Wehrmachts attempt to hold Budapest. The projectile damages can be seen on the walls of the Citadel even today - mementos of WWII.
Today it's a popular tourist attraction of Budapest - and as such it has a restaurant, some food stands, a small bar and several souvenirs and trinkets booths.
The views from the top are beautiful and definitely worth the effort to get there.
Visiting is free of charge - getting there it is fairly simple - you can use public transportation, you can use on of the Hop-On/Hop-Off companies , walking up the Gellert mountain is also a popular option.
So, when you are in Budapest, put on your to do list a visit to the Citadel - it is worth it .
Written July 25, 2020
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NayiU
Banska Bystrica, Slovakia507 contributions
Great views
Jul 2020
from up there you have Budapest in palm of your hand. You see all ... Buda castle, Parliament, Elizabeth bridge, Danube.
Sunsets view from there are magic
Written July 10, 2020
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MoonaMuslim
728 contributions
a great view of the lighted city at night
Oct 2019
Take a short walk in the evening when you are nearby. I recommend doing the small climb through the forested Gellért Mountain on foot. It takes 15-20 minutes to the citadel. On the way there are small lookout points from where you can take a look at Pest.
Once at the top, there is a beautiful view of Buda and Pest at night. In the evening, at night, the sight is much nicer. There are telescopes through which you can look. However, I find the overall view of the city nicer.

There are various stands with drinks, food and souvenirs, as well as a cafe and restaurant - you can, you don't have to. There is better food in town.

The only thing that disturbs the idyll. It is a popular place for tourists. Tour operators crowded the mountain in the early evening with buses full of tourists.
Too many of these tourists - arrive, get out the bus, take 15-30 minutes photos like a crazy, get in the bus, drive away ... "I was there" :)))
Without "these" tourists - this place would be a 5 out of 5 points
Written June 6, 2020
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IntrepidTraveler
Budapest, Hungary13 contributions
Ah, Budapest!
Mar 2020
A majority of reviews of the Citadel focus on the view. The view is incredible. The fortress is also incredible. The walk there is part of the experience. If you have the time, plan a day around this, or at least half a day.
Written May 23, 2020
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SpirosK photography
Athens, Greece1,365 contributions
Worth the climb
Jan 2020
Perhaps the walk up to it is the best thing about it! Please note that the Citadel(la) will e closed perhaps for most part of 2020 (Originally closed until Summer 2020, but with COVID-19 there are sure to be delays)
Written May 10, 2020
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nikmay19
Dorset, UK42 contributions
Breathtaking views, bit of history
Mar 2020 • Couples
My partner and I walked to the Citadel/Statue of Liberty on our first full day in Budapest. We firstly visited the Fisherman's Bastion, then walked to Buda Castle and on to the Citadel. After walking around 20km on this day, needless to say, our feet were aching!

The views from the Citadel are breathtaking. We were there around late afternoon and got a beer (common theme!) whilst we were taking in the scenery. From here, you will probably get the best views of Pest and other parts of Buda which can't really be seen from the Pest side. There is also a little bit of Hungarian history to be had here.

Make sure you visit here for some amazing photos and views.
Written March 14, 2020
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Carol A S
Marietta, GA4,202 contributions
Strategic fortress on Gellért Hill above the Danube
Oct 2019
Citadella is a Hapsburg fortress located upon the top of Gellért Hill (235m high). The fortress was built after the Hungarian Revolution of 1848 by Julius Jacob von Haynau, a commander in the Austrian Empire. Citadella is a U-shaped fortification built about a central courtyard (220m by 60m by 4m tall). Its position on Gellért Hill was strategic militarily; at one time it held 60 cannons. The fortress was built by Hungarian forced laborers, finished in 1854, and occupied by Austrian troops. After the Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867 (which established the Empire of Austria–Hungary), Hungarians unsuccessfully demanded Citadella's destruction. Garrison troops finally left in 1897, the city took possession in 1899, and the walls were partially demolished. Most of the structure still stands, and was subsequently used by both Nazis and Communists as a surveillance position, taking advantage of its views over the city. During the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, Soviet troops occupied the Citadella and fired down into the city during the assault that overthrew the Nagy-led Hungarian government. Several paved footpaths (stairs and streetlights) ascend Gellért Hill to the Citadella, offering panoramic views over the Danube, Elizabeth and Szabadsag bridges, Pest, and the hills beyond. It can also be reached via taxi on a paved road. Inside the fortress is a cafe (open from 5 pm to 11 pm) with beautiful views, a small museum and souvenir shops. Since 1987, Citadella has been a UNESCO World Heritage site as part of "the Banks of the Danube". The fortress is a good place to watch sunrise and sunset; it beautifully lit at night. Sturdy shoes and water are recommended if you ascend on foot. The outside of Citadella is accessible at all times with no entry fee.
Written March 12, 2020
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