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Citadella Tours

Rising 140 meters on the west side of the Danube, Gellért Hill is crowned with the fortified hulk of Citadella, which provides one of the best viewpoints in Budapest. From the ramparts there are far-reaching panoramas north to Buda Castle, and down the river to Széchenyi Chain Bridge, St Stephen’s Basilica and the Parliament House. Constructed by occupying Austrian forces in the 1840s, the citadel was loathed by the Hungarians, who tore down its fortified gates when the Austrians eventually left the city in 1897. Its 60 canon placements still remain, as do the six-meter ‘U’-shaped walls of the fort.

During World War II an air raid shelter was built in the Citadella, and this now houses a small museum about the war. In 1956, Soviet troops suppressed the Hungarian rebellion against Communism by firing heavy artillery from the fortress and Russian artillery is still scattered around the complex. Today the fortress encompasses an open-air history exhibition and is one of Budapest’s best free visitor attractions; a mini-village of bars, souvenir stores and restaurants has grown up around it, while the military barracks have been converted into a hotel. 

Other sights on UNESCO-listed Gellért Hill include the vast steel Statue of Liberty, built by the Russians in Socialist-Realist style to celebrate victory over the Nazis in the late 1940s. When the Communists finally departed Budapest in 1989, city fathers elected for the statue to remain as a symbol of the Hungary’s troubled past. Halfway up the slope, the underground Cave Church (Sziklatemplom) was built by monks in the 1920s and was requisitioned as a hospital in World War II. It opened again in 1992 after the fall of Communism. Tucked in at the foot of the hill are the famous Gellért spa baths, Secessionist in design and dating from 1918, although a spa has existed on this spot since the mid-17th century. 

Practical Info

The site is located a 15-minute, way-marked walk up from Gellért Tér on the Danube; you will see views of Budapest unroll as you climb. Otherwise, take bus no. 27 right up to the Citadella from Moricz Zsigmond Tér. Admission is free.

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Budapest Private Tuk Tuk Tour, Budapest, null
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Budapest Private Tuk Tuk Tour

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Explore Budapest on three wheels during this lively, 2.5-hour tuk tuk tour. Most commonly found in Asian cities, tuk tuks are perfect vehicles to discover ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Budapest by Night Tour with Dinner and Folklore Show, Budapest, City Tours
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Budapest by Night Tour with Dinner and Folklore Show

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Visit the illuminated 'Paris of the East' and spend a memorable evening at a traditional restaurant. Enjoy the folk dance show, gypsy music and tasty dishes. ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Full-Day Budapest Private Tour by Car or by Public Transport with Lunch, Budapest, Night Tours
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Full-Day Budapest Private Tour by Car or by Public Transport with Lunch

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Budapest in one day is impossible but this tour will take you to see the best and most iconic sights of the capital. Enjoy a unique full day guided private ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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The Hungarian Soul Tour from Budapest, Budapest, Private Sightseeing Tours
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The Hungarian Soul Tour from Budapest

Seeing just the main sites of Budapest is like eating just Bolognese in Italy.  Uncover the heart and soul of Hungary on this immersive cultural tour of ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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Big Bus Budapest Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, Budapest, Cultural Tours
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Big Bus Budapest Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Experience 360-degree views of Budapest as you travel aboard an open-top, double-decker Big Bus with audio commentary. Valid for 24, 48 and 72 hours, hop on ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: Varies

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Budapest Day Trip from Vienna, Vienna, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Budapest Day Trip from Vienna

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Take a drive through the enchanting countryside of western Hungary on this guided coach tour to Budapest. A city rich in traditions, it is situated on the ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

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Budapest All in One Walking Tour, Budapest, Day Trips
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Budapest All in One Walking Tour

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Get your bearings and see the sights on a 3-hour small-group walking tour of Budapest. Escorted by an expert English-speaking guide, you'll see all the ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Budapest Wine Tasting Cruise, Budapest, Walking Tours
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Budapest Wine Tasting Cruise

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Combine the riverside sights of Budapest with wine tastings on this relaxing 2 hour early evening cruise! Sail along the Danube and watch the landmarks as you ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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Budapest Sightseeing Tour with Parliament House Visit, Budapest, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Budapest Sightseeing Tour with Parliament House Visit

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Combine a comprehensive tour of Budapest sightseeing with a fascinating guided tour of the city's spectacular Parliament House, Hungary's largest building. ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Budapest Sightseeing Tour by Land and Water, Budapest, Half-day Tours
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Budapest Sightseeing Tour by Land and Water

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Take an unforgettable trip around Budapest, seeing the best sights from both land and water, on this comprehensive 1 hour 30 - 40 minute tour aboard an ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

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