Liberty Statue

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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 • 8 min walk
  • Fővám tér • 9 min walk
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Laurylau-p
Eindhoven, The Netherlands682 contributions
The view compensates the ascent
Dec 2019
Really, the view compensates the ascent! Street in the middle of a park, I recommend to bring some torches if you want to go in the evening because it is not very illuminated.
Written November 30, 2020
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Klara
Riga, Latvia148 contributions
Totally worth the walk!
Aug 2020 • Family
Not only is the statue itself amazing and well... liberating, you can also endure some slow cardio while going up the hill. And the panoramic view is extremely beautiful!
Written August 18, 2020
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belgianguy1
Bruges, Belgium10,987 contributions
Spectacular views
Aug 2020 • Friends
It's a bit of a climb up obviously, especially on a hot day, but so worth it...the views over the city and the river are simply spectacular!
And best of all, your thirst can be quenched at the bar there, cold draft beer available, it simply doesn't get any better than this :-)
Written August 4, 2020
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Tiberiu_Baranyi
Timisoara, Romania5,730 contributions
Another icon of Budapest
Jan 2020
On top of the Gellert mountain ( Gellert hegy) at the tip of the Citadel - overlooking the Danube (but sideways to Pest) is the Statue of Liberty.
Originally commissioned as a memento of the soviet victory over the nazis - and in a slightly different configuration from its original design and the current state - today has 3 elements - on the sides there are 2 men:
- one of them is killing a dragon (originally dragon represented the Nazis - still it is debatable since the same artist in different city has another statue where the dragon represents the soviets) - general symbol of defeating an enemy of Hungary.
- the other men is bearing a torch ( that can have several interpretations).
The central piece of the compositions is female holding a branch of a palm tree a symbol of victory and freedom.
Just to mention - a funny nickname in Budapest for this statue is the "beer opener" due to its silhouette ...
Overall it is one of those places you need to visit when you are in Budapest - and since you'll go to visit the Citadel I recommend you check this out too.
Written July 25, 2020
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cjdotheworld
Smithfield, VA1,366 contributions
Read the History of the Monument
Aug 2019
Sitting atop Gellert Hill, it can be seen from throughout the town and is impressive at night. Read up on the change from the Soviet era to the current version of the statue.
Written May 26, 2020
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SpirosK photography
Athens, Greece1,365 contributions
Nice views, impressive statue
Jan 2020
It's a huge statue of Liberty. The view here are nice. It's visible from across the city. What else can I say? You will most probably come here anyway if you visit Budapest as the Citadel(la) hill is very beautiful and pleasing to walk around with lots of sights.
Written May 10, 2020
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia10,245 contributions
Over looking the city
Feb 2020
Located on Gellért Hill, stands this monument, erected in 1947, was originally dedicated to the Soviet Liberation During WWII, nowadays, it represents a memorial of all Hungarians that have fallen for the freedom of Hungary.
Written April 24, 2020
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John B
Norristown, PA223 contributions
A nice statue
Mar 2020
Besides rewarding views of the city and the surrounding area on top of Gellert Hill, you will come across this Liberty Statue. It is a nice statue and suits the scenery very well. It honors those who fought and died for freedom in Hungary's history.
Written April 7, 2020
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Carol A S
Marietta, GA4,202 contributions
Commemorates those who sacrificed their lives for Hungary
May 2019
Liberty Statue (a.k.a.or Freedom Statue or Szabadság-szobor) is a monument at the top of Gellért Hill commemorating those who sacrificed their lives for the independence, freedom, and prosperity of Hungary. It was erected in 1947 in remembrance of the Soviet liberation of Hungary during World War II, ending the occupation by Nazi Germany. The 14m bronze statue (by Hungarian Zsigmond Kisfaludi Stróbl) stands atop a high pedestal; a woman with upraised arms holds a large palm leaf, symbolizing peace. On either side of the base are male figures on smaller pedestals: a triumphant figure holds a torch (representing progress), and a second depicts a man fighting a mythical creature (representing evil). In the years after 1947, Hungarians regarded the Soviets less as liberators and more as oppressors. The statue was partially damaged during the 1956 Hungarian uprising. After the 1989 transition from communist rule to democracy, the original inscription was modified to read: "To the memory of those all who sacrificed their lives for the independence, freedom, and prosperity of Hungary", and a Russian version was removed. The statue of a soldier holding a Soviet flag (originally at the base) was banished to Memento Park (a sculpture park with Communist-era statues on the outskirts of the city). Liberty statue is a good place to watch sunrise and sunset; it is beautifully lit at night. Several paved footpaths (stairs and streetlights) ascend the hill, offering panoramic views over the Danube, Elizabeth and Szabadsag bridges, Pest, and the hills beyond. Sturdy shoes and water are recommended if you ascend on foot. Liberty Statue is accessible at all times with no entry fee.
Written March 12, 2020
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Eirini Th.
36 contributions
romantic!
Mar 2020 • Couples
it's the most beautiful view of the Budapest. very romantic place with a stunning view!!! but...it is too high to walk it and yes there is NO lift, you have to walk it. also if you go at night as we did get a torch you'll need it!
Written March 11, 2020
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