Gellert Hill and the Liberty Statue on top of it are famous landmarks in Budapest. The hill is perfectly located right next to the city center, between Liberty Bridge and Elisabeth Bridge on the Buda side of the city.
Gellert Hill offers the best views over Budapest. There are other attractions as well, such as the Gellért Hill Caves with a church inside. Primarily, however, the hill serves as a great viewing place. It’s also a good place to get away from the buzz of the city for a while.
It takes about 15-40 minutes by foot to the top, depending on the route and how fast you want to walk. There’s more information at the bottom of this page.
On the top, there’s also a citadel from the 19th century, but it’s been closed for visitors for a while now. It's not clear as to when it’ll be reopened again.
The top of the hill is usually packed with tourists in the summertime, especially at sunset. At sunrise, however, there’s hardly anyone there. While the sun sets in the side of the hill, it ascends right across the horizon on the opposite side of Budapest, giving an uninterrupted view - along with some peace and quiet.
Pictures 5-12 in the gallery below were taken at sunrise.
Things to do in Gellert Hill
Inside the Gellert Hill natural caves, there's a unique church that is worth visiting. It's an active church, and there are daily services during which it is closed for tourists. They charge an admission fee at the entrance.
It's located by the Liberty Bridge, opposite of the Gellért Spa Hotel. You can see the entrance and the route to walk there in this image.
Statues at Gellert Hill
- Liberty Statue at the top, with two smaller statues on the sides, Evil and Progress. They were erected after the Second World War.
- Gerard of Csanád Monument on the northern side by the Elisabeth Bridge, with a waterfall under it.
- Garden of Philosophy on the northeast side. It's pretty hard to find, but the location is marked on the map with number 18. Less than a 100 meters away from the Garden of Philosophy, there’s also the Statue of Prince Buda and Princess Pest. In reality, the statue is much smaller than it appears in the picture.
- Gellérthegy Jubileumi Park on the southern side.
- Stephen I in front of the Cave Church.
- There also some smaller statues around Gellert Hill.
How to get to the top
There are plenty of walking routes starting from either flank or the Buda side, but none from the side facing the river.
The best option is probably on the side of Gellért Hotel/Spa (left-hand side from the river). There are plenty of staircases offering a quick way straight to the top, but bear in mind that they’re also the most exhausting ones on a hot day.
The routes starting from the Buda Castle side (right-hand side from the river) are easier to walk. On a sunny day, there’s more shade from the trees as well. Obviously, however, it's a longer walk than via the stairs on the other side.
Many Hop-on hop-off buses stop very close to the Citadel on the top, just a few-minute walk from the parking lot. That's a good option, if you are going to take a sight-seeing tour anyway and don't want to walk the whole way to the top.
The bus line 27 goes pretty near to the top but not all the way, and there’s still about 500 meters of walking to do on a normal sidewalk. The nearest bus stop to the top is called Búsuló Juhász (Citadella).
That line isn't very convenient to most tourists, since it runs only on the Buda side. Another alternative is to take a metro to the Móricz Zsigmond körtér station (metro line 4) and take the bus 27 from there.