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Gellert Hill

The liberty statues on Gellert Hill © Chris Bartle
The liberty statues on Gellert Hill © Chris Bartle

Gellért Hill offers unrivalled panoramic views of the city, taking in both Buda and Pest and the meandering Danube. A monument of a martyred Bishop stands at the base of the hill while on its summit stands the Liberation Monument, a female figure holding aloft the palm of victory dedicated to the memory of troops who died freeing Hungary in 1945. Behind the monument is the Citadella, built after the Revolutions of 1848 to provide military control against further uprisings. The hill is also home to several historic spas, valued for their medicinal qualities. The city's most famous spa, the Gellért Baths, is attached to the grand establishment of the Art Nouveau Gellért Hotel. Here, visitors can relax in the thermal waters of the Roman-styled pool with its lion-headed spouts, surrounded by columns and mosaic patterns, or indulge in private therapeutic treatments or massages.

Address: District XI, Szent Gellért tér 2-6