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BUDAPEST SIGHTSEEING - THE CITADELLA

Budapest CitadellTHE CITADELLA

The Citadella - The Citadella is an impressive fortress built originally in the mid 19th Century by the Habsburgs, It is opposite the lovely Erzsebet Bridge and you can climb up the steps from there.

THE FREEDOM MONUMENT

At one end of the Citadella in Budapest, on Buda Hill, The Freedom Monument can be seen from all over the city. It is a statue of a lady with a palm on a very tall plinth representing peace and is illuminated at night when it stands out like a beacon.

Have a look at it because it charts a bit of history. Originally it was erected by the Communists as a tribute to the Soviet Soldiers who died liberating Hungary from the occupying Nazi Army (as the Liberation Monument). Hungarians thought it should acknowledge the Hungarian people’s role in the struggle and eventually the inscription was changed to reflect this (and you can actually see where the Cyrillic lettering has been removed from the plinth) and the name was changed from The Liberation Monument to The Freedom Monument.

From The Freedom Monument, there are magnificent views of all of Budapest and the wide, wide River Danube. This view is especially impressive after dark with the lights of Budapest stretching into the darkness.

BUDAPEST TOP 10 ATTRACTIONS – The sights below are “must do’s” on any visit to Budapest. After you’ve been, you’ll have your own list. Budapest has a wide range of important sightseeing options but many people go without a pre-prepared list of what they want to see – this is wise because around every corner in Budapest is something likely to appeal to someone. Another point about sightseeing in Budapest is that many people don’t have a mental picture of the magnificent buildings such as the Budapest Parliament Buildings, the Royal Palace in Budapest, etc – despite the fact they are stunning.

1. Spend some time on Castle Hill, Buda Castle, Royal Palace, Obuda
2. Go to the Budapest Citadella and The Freedom Monument
3. Walk up Andrassy Street to Heroes Square
4. Grab a bit of Culture in BudapestOpera, Concert, Folk Music, etc
5. Look at the wide Danube River and cross over the Chain Bridge
6. Take a trip to somewhere outside Budapest – Danube Bend, Visegrad,
Esztergom, Cruise on the Danube, Szentendre (St Andrew) etc
7. Soothe your aches in a Thermal Bath, visit Vajdahunyad Castle and
City Park (Varosliget)
8. Go on a trip to Statue’s Park
9. Visit some Churches, the Great Jewish Synagogue, St Stephen’s
Basilica, St Matthias Church
10. Admire the Houses of Parliament but make sure to take a tour of the
interior