Are you stumbling into a trip to Budapest because you have heard it is cheap but you don't know much about what to see or do there? Start your trip off the right way by going to Gellert Hill first thing. It truly is one of my favorite spots to visit in Budapest that doesn't cost you a dime. The views are something out of a travel magazine & the soft breeze brushing your shoulders while you look out with a thankful heart is inspirational. The panoramic views the hill has to offer cannot be found anywhere else in the city.
The hill has a sad history however. The bishop Saint Gerard is who the hill is named after. He was thrown from the hill in a barrel which killed him in 1046 during the great pagan rebellion of the time. There is a statue at the top of the hill of St. Gellert that I loved. There is also Budapest's Statue of Liberty which I found many travelers sitting on the base of and looking out in awe at the view. In the 18th century the hill was primarily used as a wine vineyard. Yet, during WWII it served as a great military advantage. With all of this history & the views, Gellert Hill is absolutely not to be missed!