Hungary had always been the place where great civilizations clashed - Holly Roman Empire and Ottoman Empire, USSR and Nazi Germany, etc. Budapest is the place where the east faces west, but instead confronting, the great cultural influences merged and created something totally new.
Located on the Buda side, Gellért Hill (or Gellért Hegy as the Hungarians would say) is the spot that gives the best city view. The hill is named after the bishop who helped Christianity spread across the Hungary. His statue is located at the foothill, at the place where he died after being thrown from the top of the hill. At the top of the Gellért Hill there is the Liberty Statue, a Soviet monument celebrating the end of the Nazi regime in this part of the Europe. Behind this monument, there is a 19th century fortress or Citadella.
The oldest spa center in Budapest, the Rudas baths, is located here. A synonym for the Gellért Hill for many tourists is Art- Nouveau Gellért Hotel with the world-famous Baths – Gellért fürdő. It served as an inspiration for the Hollywood film with Eddie Murphy as the leading man, I Spy.
Getting to Gellért Hill: Streetcars 19, 47 and 49 have stops at Gellért Square.
The hill itself is free to visit.