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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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Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest ¥17,973
Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest

Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest

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    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Budapest hotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Vorosmarty Square, St. Stephen's Basilica, and Szechenyi Chain Bridge. Dohany Street Synagogue and Hungarian State Opera House are also within 10 minutes. Vorosmarty Square Station is only a 2-minute walk and Deak Ferenc ter Station is 3 minutes.

    Danubius Hotel Astoria City Center ¥8,388
    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.

      MEININGER Budapest Great Market Hall ¥5,376
      MEININGER Budapest Great Market Hall

      MEININGER Budapest Great Market Hall

      Csarnok tér 2, Budapest
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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        Continental Hotel Budapest ¥11,619
        Continental Hotel Budapest

        Continental Hotel Budapest

        Dohany Utca 42-44, Budapest
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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          Danubius Hotel Gellert ¥10,043
          Danubius Hotel Gellert

          Danubius Hotel Gellert

          Szent Gellert ter 2, Budapest
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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            Corinthia Hotel Budapest ¥18,262
            Corinthia Hotel Budapest

            Corinthia Hotel Budapest

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

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              Budapest Marriott Hotel ¥21,426
              Budapest Marriott Hotel

              Budapest Marriott Hotel

              Apaczai Csere Janos u. 4, Budapest
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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                K+K Hotel Opera Budapest ¥8,034
                K+K Hotel Opera Budapest

                K+K Hotel Opera Budapest

                Revay Utca 24, Budapest
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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