Budapest Citadel

Citadel

The 220m long, 45-60m wide Citadel was erected on the top of Gellért Hill by the Habsburg forces, following the suppression of the 1848-9 uprising. Already obsolete when it was erected between 1850 and 1854, its main function was to intimidate the citizenry of Budapest.

Exhibitions, covering a number of different themes, can be seen within the inner courtyard and outside the walls of the Citadel. Since the 1960’s, the Citadel has served as a tourist attraction, which, besides the exhibitions, also boasts a hotel and several restaurants.

The most magnificent views of the capital can probably be had from the walls of the Citadel.

Citadel - Budapest  

The Liberation Monument at the foot of the Citadel, the central figure of which is a woman holding a palm-leaf aloft, was erected in 1947 to commemorate the liberation of the capital by the Russian forces. Originally, a statue to honour István Horthy, the Regent’s son who had died on the Russian front, had been commissioned for this site.

 

Attraction: The Citadel (Citadella)

Country: Hungary

City: Budapest

Location: Buda, I. district

Transport: Tram 47 or 49

Address: Budapest, Gellért-hegy, Citadella sétány

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