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May 24, 2006
From journal 2 days in Budapest
Sea Girt, New Jersey
January 8, 2002
You can walk up to the Citadella through Gellert Hill’s pathways, or take the Number 27 bus or a taxi to the top of Gellert Hill. After taking in the view from the Citadella, we walked down to the landmark Art Nouveau Gellert Hotel for a drink (which wasn’t really worth it – the hotel is really run down now and the bar was full of elderly German pensioners). We stopped at the Liberation Monument on our way down the hill. The 46-foot high statue of a woman offering a palm leaf towers over the hill and the city, and commemorates the 1945 liberation of Budapest. Looking up at the enormous statue is a dizzying experience. It’s definitely worth a stop.
Check out the Gellert Monument also, which was supposedly built on the spot where Bishop Gellert was hurled off the hill in a barrel into to Danube. This imposing monument, along with the Liberation Monument and the Citadella, can be seen from all over Budapest (especially at night). We recommend spending at least half a day wandering around Gellert Hill and enjoying the views. Bring comfy walking shoes, as the paths can be steep and occasionally it’s more convenient to scramble down a "non path" area to get where you want to go easily.
From journal Romantic Budapest