Gellert Hill
Gellert Hill
4.5
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The best views of Budapest and the Danube River are from this hill, which also features the imposing fortress, the Citadella, at its summit.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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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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  • I W
    Leicestershire, United Kingdom309 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic view
    We spent an hour climbing and walking around the hill to kill some time before going to the Gellert Baths. It's a great place for some great views of the city from a different location. Lovely location for a walk.
    Visited May 2023
    Written August 19, 2023
  • GCKJA
    Nebraska628 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely views of Budapest from Gellért Hill
    While the Citadel is currently closed (2023) the path leading up Gellért Hill is accessable and the views are absolutely worth the hike. It's best to take your time and bring water. It's not difficult, the path is paved and there are some stairs. Be sure to take your time and bring water. We like to start at the Gellért hotel, go up to the Citadel, and then down to the waterfall.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 11, 2023
  • Robert
    Budapest, Hungary10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place
    You must go up here if you haven't tried it yet. Currently (January, 2024) the Citadella fortress and its area including the statue of liberty is closed due to reconstruction. You can still walk around, or explore the narrow paths around the mountain in the nature, while having a beautiful view of the city. If you don't want to climb, you can take bus nr. 27 from Móricz Zsigmond körtér. You may explore here the Garden of Philosophists, the waterfall, the cave temple, or have a good coffee or ice cream at Fuge delicat shop.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written January 4, 2024
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InspirationSeeker
Athens, Greece256 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
There is no doubt that the view from the hill is breathtaking and you can admire the whole city. However, you can admire a similar view from Buda Castle without spending time and effort reaching the hill. The statue is beautiful but you can probably admire it from the bottom of hill as well. Be careful of the tourist trap that some men have set - one man will encourage you to play a similar to three-card Monte and he will make you feel that you will win. However, I noticed that some people from the crowd around him they work with him to try to put pressure to tourists to bet a lot of money. AVOID HIM ! I witnessed some tourists losing a lot of money!
Written January 23, 2020
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Rhonda S
Sydney, Australia54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
The walk up to Liberty Monument at the top of Gellért Hill does require an above average level of fitness but it’s well worth it. Take it slowly and stop numerous times to admire the emerging view! There are a variety of different paths to get to the top especially if you want to avoid too many steps! We were lucky to get there at sunset; the colours were beautiful as were the views both up the Danube to the Parliament Building and down to the new National Theatre and beyond. We came up one side of the hill (from Elizabeth Bridge) and headed down the other side to Liberty Bridge which the extensive network of pathways allowed you to do very easily. Well worth the effort of the walk up and it would be just as spectacular during the daytime as well
Written March 6, 2020
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Everywhere Escapes
Middle East1,473 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Gellért Hill is the place to go for the best panoramic views of Budapest. From the top, you get unrivaled views the Danube river and both sides of the city- Buda and Pest. Depending on where you are in the city, one of the best to go there is by taxi and have the taxi driver wait while you explore, take in the views, and take amazing photographs. It's also worth a visit as it is listed as by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Written July 16, 2020
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raymondf80
cork89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
To say reaching the top in 30 degrees of afternoon heat and humidity was a trek would be an understatement. To say I was more than delighted that I did, would also be an understatement. The views are spectacular. The views are spectacular. Panoramic. There is an energy about this place that is hard to explain. It almost feels like you become revitalised after every viewing point.
Written June 9, 2022
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Aisling
Ireland7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I was just walking down the street and we stumbled onto this hill by accident! The sights are breathtaking and its certainly an experience i wont forget! Its a little bit steep but its not too strenuous . The day we went it began to rain very heavily so we managed to hop on one of the red tour buses. Even despite the weather we had a great time. I would definitely recommend visiting!
Written July 29, 2020
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ER
Bristol, UK20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
Excellent view but was a bit disappointed to find that after a steep 30 minute hike the monument was closed/blocked off due to construction works. There were no warnings about this at the start (or at any point) of the hike. The view was still worth it though, just don’t expect to get close to the statue until the construction works are complete.
Written April 9, 2023
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Dream26270206130
101 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
What a fun hike!! Given, it’s a little slippery after the rain, not recommended for people with mobility issues. But you do get a nice viewpoint of the city and all it’s nice sights. There’s even a small playground half way up!!! We went when the top of the citadel was closed due to construction so that was a major bummer but the views of the city makes up for it.
Written April 9, 2023
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Hiten P
59 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
A steady incline walk to the top was greeted by building work and scaffolding, which caused an anti-climax as the monument was not open. It is however, a rewarding experience to reach the (almost) summit and see the skyline view of the city but I would say if you wanted a better higher view and something more to do at the top, you'll have to wait until it's actually open.

There are no actual directions so just choose a path that suits you as all of them lead to the top.
Written March 15, 2023
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CJ W
Adelaide, Australia136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
From the dropoff point it is still a hike to the top. The top is crowned by the Hungarian Statue of Liberty but its the views from the top that impress. The view is stupendous. This is a must stop if you want good photo memories.
Written May 26, 2020
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Kelly B
Barnet, UK2,790 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Lovely views from up here. This is on the Buda side of the river.
The hop on /off buses stop here for 30 mins so you can walk up and take photos so if you’ve already seen it just get off your bus and get on the one at the front as that will be leaving soon!
There are a few places to get a hot / alcoholic drink at the top near the statue.
Definitely worth a look.
Written February 5, 2020
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