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Within easy reach of the city center, Gellert hill offers some of the best views high above the bustling metropolis

Gellert HillImmediately recognizable by one huge statue of a stocky woman holding a palm frond and seemingly turning her back on most of Budapest, Gellert Hill affords some spectacular views of the city. Taking in four of the bridges straddling the Danube, the parliament, most of Pest as well as the Castle on the Buda side. Up there you’ll also find the Citadel which was built by the Austrians mid 1800 to intimidate the locals. Now it houses restaurants and a war museum and is heavily supported by an army of souvenir merchants apparently meeting the heavy demand for lace and leather products. You can take the trip up the hill by foot if you’re fit, taxi for a fiver or the number 27 bus for next to nothing. The best time for the view is to arrive just before sun down when the city starts to light up. You can see the view first from this handily placed web cam on top of Gellert Hill. The Chain Bridge is straight ahead, the Royal Palace is to the left on the hill and the Parliament can just been seen on the right hand bend of the river behind the Chain Bridge.

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