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.
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  • Szent Gellért tér • 9 min walk
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Traveller8071
France2,269 contributions
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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Dr. F
Nottingham, UK927 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
I visited Citadel as part of my Hop off-Hop on Bus Tour. Its visited by tons of tourists for mesmerizing view of Budapest from the top. Historically The Citadel is much more than that. Its complex history speaks story of opression as well as liberty.

It was first built in 1854 as a supervision point to stop an uprising. Later it was used by Austrians, Nazis and Communists for surveillance due to its amazing view over Budapest. There was a monument erected by Communists to commemorate liberation from Nazis and sacrifices made by Red army in the process. 3 statues out of 5 are still displayed at the monument. 1; A woman with a torch (progress), 2; A man fighting a 5 headed Dragon (Struggle against Nazis and their allies), 3; Visible from all over the city, a beautiful high statue of a woman holding a palm leaf pointing the sky (Liberty), the reason it's mostly referred as liberty statue.

Despite its complex troubled history, the citadel is a must visit place in Budapest for 2 reasons. For selfie seekers, it provides a sensational photographic point. For those interested in history, it shows the tough past and progress the beautiful city has gone through. For me, it blessed me with both.
Written March 8, 2020
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jemimapuddleduck1961
North Walsham, UK66 contributions
Jan 2020
Well worth the climb if only for the amazing views from the top. Statue marks the liberation after WW2. The citadel was built in 1851 by Julius Jacob von Haynau, a commander of the Austrian Empire, and was designed by Emmanuel Zitta and Ferenc Kasselik, after the Hungarian Revolution of 1848.
Written January 30, 2020
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David M
Parsberg, Germany15 contributions
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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Kristie T
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina27 contributions
Jan 2020
Free! The cost being only a walk up a paved walkway! Lots and lots of places to take great photos of the city of Budapest, the Danube, and the picturesque bridges from many angles. There are a few places to get treats and drinks and a few souvenir stands along the upward way. The crown of the hill holds the amazing huge and "huger" statues which afford many more photo ops. Worth the walk!
Written February 13, 2020
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GCKJA
Lincoln, NE499 contributions
Feb 2020
I love the view of Budapest from Castle Hill, but the view from the Citadel is just as wonderful. The walk up could be challenging for some, but it's not terrible. There are spots to sit and rest and take in the view, although it is littered and has too much graffiti, which is an unusual sight.
Once you've reached the Citadel, even in the winter, there is an outdoor cafe and WCs availale.
Written February 28, 2020
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nikmay19
Dorset, UK42 contributions
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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OZS_ATW
Budapest, Hungary2,739 contributions
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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IntrepidTraveler
Rhodes, Greece14 contributions
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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Asiyah Noemi K
Pula, Croatia4,845 contributions
Nov 2018 • Family
Budapest is magically beautiful. The view from the Citadel is particularly beautiful. We enjoyed the atmosphere and the beautiful landscape of the city. At the very top of the hill Gellért lies this Citadel, a fortress from the 19th century, from whose ramparts provides one of the most beautiful views of the city. Here is also a statue devoted to liberation in World War II.We also enjoyed the walk in the park behind the Citadel, where there is also a nice and large playground for children, visited by many hungarian families. Good place for relax.
Written May 29, 2019
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