Named after the Venetian Bishop Gerard, who was called upon by the first king of the country to convert the population to Christianity, Gellért Hill overlooks the Hungarian capital and its surroundings. Legend has it that in 1046 when the pagan revolt was at the height of violence, this man of the Church was captured and closed up in a barrel laden with nails and thrown into the Danube from the heights of the city.
Climb up this block of dolomite which, in the last millennium, rose up high above the river to today offer you its grace as a gift. Here a statue of liberty watches over the city, arms upraised. A citadel stands proudly behind her, built by the Austrians after the popular uprising of 1848, a reminder of Habsburg power and the sacrifices of the Soviet troops to liberate Hungary. The Danube, whose surface is blown by the wind, flows between Buda and Pest to form one city, that of Budapest.