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Gellért Hill

Named after a saint who was rolled to his death from here in a barrel, this hill offers magnificent views of the Budapest skyline.

TravelCurious Tip

A large part of the hill consists of parkland — keeps your eyes peeled for bats and hedgehogs during the summer nights

Gellért Hill is 235m high, and towers over the Danube. It only started to be called Gellért Hill from the 15th century onwards, in honour of St Gerard, a bishop who was killed by pagans during their rebellion against Christianity in 1046. They put him in a barrel and rolled him off the top and straight into history.


War and peace

The citadel at the top was built by the ruling Habsburgs after the 1849 Hungarian uprising as it offered a perfect site for shelling either Buda or Pest if there was a future revolt. It was used for similar purposes by the Russians after the Second World War: Soviet tanks bombarded the city from Gellért Hill to put down the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. The Citadel has since been a prison and an anti-aircraft missile launchpad, but is now a tourist attraction.


The Statue of Liberty celebrates Hungary’s more free and peaceful recent history. Standing atop Gellért Hill, this lovely monument can be seen from all parts of the city. Although erected during the Communist era, the statue became a symbol of the city and was spared during the purge of other Communist icons in the 90s.


Up and down

Although it is quite a hike to the top, the view is worth it. Many consider it to be the finest panorama of Budapest and the Danube, but it can be quite crowded, so it is best to come on weekday afternoon if possible. Then on the way down you can give your feet a well-earned rest at the Gellért Baths, by Liberty Bridge.

Nearby Attractions

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Budapest Castle Hill
A focal point of the city's history, Castle Hill hosts the most iconic monuments of Budapest.
Matthias Church
The site of several historic coronations and weddings, Matthias Church has also seen its fair share of architectural controversy.
Buda Castle
The historical residence of Hungarian royalty, this impressive palace complex has seen a series of transformations since the mid-13th century.
Great Market Hall
Budapest's oldest and largest indoor market, selling a vast range of local delicacies.
Gellért Baths
This thermal spa is part of the famous Géllert Hotel, containing eight pools in elegant Art Nouveau style.
Hungarian Goulash
Hungary is the birthplace of goulash, a delicious meat stew spiced with paprika.

Related Tours

Private Walking Tour of the Buda Castle District
In this four hour walking tour, your expert local guide will take  you to some of the important historical and cultural sites of the Buda. As it was once the capital of Hungary, the Buda area of the town contains monuments that define the city’s legacy. 

  • Commence your tour on Castle Hill, which offers phenomenal panoramas of the city 
  • Visit the stunning Matthias Church 
  • Enjoy a short stop at the Fisherman's Bastion, offering stunning panoramic views
  • Explore the gardens of Buda Castle and learn about the Hungarian monarchy
  • Proceed to Gellért Hill, which again offers admirable views of the city 
  • End your tour at Gellért thermal baths, and snap photos of the intricate architecture 
Origins of Budapest

Budapest is widely considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, home to an incredible array of World Heritage Sites and stunning architecture that draws millions of tourists each year. The Danube river splits the Buda side of the city from the Pest which, having both been independent cities originally, were unified to become Budapest in 1873.  The multitude of hot springs have made the city famous for its public baths which come in a variety of architectural styles from the Turkish era to Art Nouveau. 

Panoramic Views over the City

Your private guide will begin your tour on Castle Hill, which stands more than 100m above the Danube and offers outstanding panoramas of the city. Here you will find the stunning Matthias Church dating back five centuries. The Fisherman’s Bastion is also worth your attention, a terrace with stunning views dedicated to the fisherman that defended the city walls in the middle ages. Buda castle is the historical residence of the Kings and Queens of Hungary, an imposing building that has undergone a series of transformations since the mid-13th century, and on this tour you will explore the gardens with your guide.

As you wander to Gellért Hill, enjoy yet another stunning vantage point to admire the city in all its glory. The hill was named after Saint Gerald who was thrown to his death here. Build with impressive Art Nouveau architecture dating back to the 20th century, the Gellért thermal baths are the quintessential place to spend the rest of your day. Your guide will depart with you here, so you can pop into the bath-house and enjoy Gellért at your leisure. 
Private Walking Tour of Budapest with a Local
Travel isn’t just about travel, it’s people, faces, food and cultures, fresh perspectives, discoveries and different ways of life - it’s about uncovering the city’s soul. It’s about connection. On your private, guided tour of Budapest with a local: 

  • Enjoy meaningful insights from a Budapest local .
  • Hear how locals describe Budapest - the experiences that have shaped their worldview, the differences between ‘Buda’ and ‘Pest’, and what it’s like to have spas at the centre of urban culture.
  • Spend a few hours walking around the city’s highlights with a private, local guide.
  • Pick up invaluable recommendations, advice, tips and reassurance as you explore highlights and off-the-beaten-track side streets.
  • Grab a beer or a coffee in your local guide’s favorite haunt.
  • Learn first-hand what locals love about Budapest from someone who knows the place inside-out.
Considered one of Europe’s most striking cities, Budapest contains an incredible array of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Split by a wide sweep of the River Danube, despite a 1873 merger of both independent settlements Buda and Pest, the city is rich in geothermal water resources with thousands of subterranean pools spouting mineral-rich waters dating back over 2,000 years. Using 20-million litres of water, Budapest’s grand, mosaic-clad bath-houses are open to the public, earning it the title of  ́World's Spa Capital’. 

Enjoying a private, guided tour with a local will help you discover the sights that tourists so often miss. Hear the intriguing backstories and learn the neighbourhood’s contextual backstories and rumors which bring Budapest to life, from the Ottoman period (16th century) to the present day. On your private walking tour with a local, you will see the Neo-gothic parliament building, trace Roman era history at Budapest History Museum and stroll bird-scattered Trinity Square to 13th-century Matthias Church. You will also see first-hand how a diversity of styles of urban art, architecture, and ideas have breathed energy and spirit into previously dilapidated areas of public space in a wide range of neighbourhoods. Experience the practical good-naturedness of a Budapest local over a local beer or coffee at one of Budapest’s famed coffee houses, and then jot down your guide’s version of “must do Budapest’.
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