City guide

Gellért Hill

Photo : Balkányi László / We Love Budapest
Gellért-hegy, Szabadság híd, kereszt, Duna, látkép

Gellért Hill (Gellért-hegy), a gemstone of Budapest, rises above the skyline of Buda with its 235 metres. Nestled between the Elizabeth Bridge and the Liberty Bridge, it its area is shared between the 1st and the 11th Districts. This marking sight of the cityscape of Budapest has been part of the World Heritage since 1987. Its most famous cave, Saint Ivan’s Cave hides the Szent Gellért rock chapel. Gellért Hill is one of the top tourist attractions of the city thanks to the magnificent panorama from the top of its cliffs facing the Danube. You can climb the hill from two sides: take the stairs by the waterfall (only operating in the summer) at Elizabeth Bridge, or take the gradual, but somewhat longer pathway by the Gellért Bath. The latter passes a playground known for its slides, which is popular with children (and some adults as well).

Tip: Vuk Playground, a very popular themed playground with the characters of the beloved Hungarian cartoon, Vuk can be found here, just like Cerka-firka playground, a place surrounded by greenery where there’s absolutely no noise from cars.