Gellert Hill is a 235 m high hill overlooking the Danube in Budapest, Hungary. It is stretched over 1st and the 11th districts. It was named after Saint Gerard who was thrown to death from the hill.
The Hungarians refer to it as a “mountain,” despite the fact that at 235 meters in height, it does not even come close to meeting the geographical criteria for one. In spite of this, it is an essential component of the panorama of Budapest because of its precipitous and craggy sides, trees whose leaves change color with the passage of time, and architectural heritage.
The statue of Saint Gellért, whose namesake the bridge is named, can be found on the side of the Erzsébet bridge that faces the artificial waterfall (Gerard). This monk, who was originally from Italy, is believed to have met his end as a martyr in the 11th century somewhere in this area. After its expansion, the hill now serves as the location for the Cave Church, which is a chapel belonging to the Paulite monastic order. The famous Saint Ivan’s Cave is one of the hill’s enduring legacies. The Philosophers’ Garden is a one-of-a-kind collection of statues that honor the various religions practiced around the world. It can be found on the slope of the hill that is closest to Castle Hill. A little further away from the Danube, you’ll also find an arboretum that boasts an incredible variety of plant life. After the failed revolution and war for independence that occurred between 1848 and 1849, the Habsburg rulers constructed the fortress that is situated on the highest point of the hill. In front of the fort is a statue called the Liberty Statue, which depicts a woman erecting a palm frond and proclaiming freedom.
There are thousands of tourists who visit this location every day, making it one of the most popular vantage points from which to observe the city. On the other hand, a lot of locals like to go up the hill to get some fresh air and peace and quiet, or just to relax on the lawns.