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Citadella

Enjoy some of the best views of Budapest from the hilltop surrounding the fortress that has towered over the city for more than 150 years.

Begin or end a visit to Budapest at the Citadella on the western side of central Budapest. From its high walls, view the Danube River as it winds between the hilly western Buda and flat eastern Pest sides of Budapest. Look for all eight connecting bridges to get your bearings on locations within the city. Or, stay through sunset to watch the city lights coming on and enjoy the romantic evening view.

This fortress sits atop a plateau, known as Gellért Hill, named after the missionary who brought Christianity to the area. At 770 feet (235 meters) high, Gellért Hill is one of the highest spots in Budapest. The structure was built in 1854 as a defense during the Hapsburg monarchy. Roughly 100 years later, the Russians occupied it during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.  

If you need souvenirs, take advantage of the many shops along the path up the hill and at the top. Some shops have information about the history of the citadel from Hapsburg through Soviet times. Explore the underground Russian bunker that serves as a museum with displays of World War II memorabilia, including a depiction of a prisoner of war cell.  

Walk around the outside of the citadel to get a sense of the powerful protection these massive walls provided to inhabitants. Bring a picnic to the grassy area that is peaceful now but was bombarded by cannon fire in years past. The hilltop views are free, but there is a fee to enter the Citadella museum and climb to the top of its walls. Much of the original fortress structure is now a hotel, which includes an elegant restaurant (reservations required).

You can reach the Citadella by car or on foot, hiking up and enjoying the views along the way. Or, take a bus up or down; even use it for a “hop-on, hop-off” partial trip if the hike becomes too much.


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Prestige Hotel Budapest ¥28,504
Prestige Hotel Budapest

Prestige Hotel Budapest

Vigyázó Ferenc utca 5, Budapest
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Inner City Budapest, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Danube Palace and Szechenyi Chain Bridge. St. Stephen's Basilica and Parliament Building are also within 15 minutes. Arany Janos Street Station is 8 minutes by foot and Kossuth Lajos ter Station is 8 minutes.

    Corinthia Budapest ¥24,574
    Corinthia Budapest

    Corinthia Budapest

    Erzsebet krt 43-49, Budapest
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Budapest hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Kiraly Street, Hungarian State Opera House, and House of Terror. St. Stephen's Basilica and Heroes' Square are also within 1 mi (2 km). Oktogon Station is only a 5-minute walk and Vorosmarty Street Station is 8 minutes.

      Danubius Hotel Gellert
      Danubius Hotel Gellert

      Danubius Hotel Gellert

      Szent Gellert ter 2, Budapest
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Gellert Hill, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Gellert Thermal Baths and Swimming Pool and Elisabeth Bridge. Great Market Hall and Rudas Baths are also within 15 minutes. Szent Gellert ter Station is only a 2-minute walk and Fovam Square Station is 9 minutes.

        Danubius Hotel Astoria City Center
        Danubius Hotel Astoria City Center

        Danubius Hotel Astoria City Center

        Kossuth Lajos utca 19-21, Budapest
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Inner City Budapest, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Dohany Street Synagogue and Hungarian National Museum. St. Stephen's Basilica and Hungarian State Opera House are also within 15 minutes. Astoria Station is only a 2-minute walk and Ferenciek Square Station is 4 minutes.

          Eurostars Budapest Center
          Eurostars Budapest Center

          Eurostars Budapest Center

          Utca Kossuth Lajos 7-9, Budapest
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Inner City Budapest, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Dohany Street Synagogue, Hungarian National Museum, and Vaci Street. St. Stephen's Basilica and Great Market Hall are also within 15 minutes. Astoria Station and Ferenciek Square Station are within a 5-minute walk.

            InterContinental Budapest ¥17,313
            InterContinental Budapest

            InterContinental Budapest

            Apaczai Csere Janos 12-14, Budapest
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Inner City Budapest, this luxury hotel is steps from Las Vegas Casino and Szechenyi Chain Bridge. St. Stephen's Basilica and Hungarian State Opera House are also within 15 minutes. Vorosmarty Square Station is only a 5-minute walk and Bajcsy-Zsilinszky Street Station is 8 minutes.

              Párisi Udvar Hotel Budapest, in Hyatt’s Unbound Collection ¥48,080
              Párisi Udvar Hotel Budapest, in Hyatt’s Unbound Collection

              Párisi Udvar Hotel Budapest, in Hyatt’s Unbound Collection

              Petofi Sandor u 2 4, Budapest
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Inner City Budapest, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Eotvos Lorand University, Vaci Street, and Dohany Street Synagogue. Hungarian National Museum and Great Market Hall are also within 10 minutes. Ferenciek Square Station is only a 2-minute walk and Astoria Station is 5 minutes.

                Eurostars Danube Budapest
                Eurostars Danube Budapest

                Eurostars Danube Budapest

                Asboth 9, Budapest
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Erzsebetvaros, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St. Stephen's Basilica and Szechenyi Chain Bridge. Parliament Building and Buda Castle are also within 2 mi (3 km). Deak Ferenc ter Station is only a 3-minute walk and Bajcsy-Zsilinszky Street Station is 5 minutes.