Gellért Hill and The Biggest Pizza | Budapest 2017

Hello again,

When me and Cem went to Budapest, one of the places we really wanted to visit was Gellért Hill. It’s essentially a 235 m high hill overlooking the River Danube. The bottom of the hill starts next to the Elisabeth Bridge, which we crossed to get to it.

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It only took us about 20 minutes to walk to the very top, which was a bit of a mission seeing as it had been snowing for two days by this point. Walking up stairs that are covered in ice and snow isn’t easy at all.

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The sun was also starting to set so we tried to get to the top as quickly as possible so we wouldn’t have to walk back down when it was pitch black. Still, I doubt the view would have been as pretty if we’d have gone before the sunset.

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This statue sits about half way up the hill. I didn’t know anything about it before we visited but I had a little look online and read that the man holding a cross is Gürz Elyas, a holy man from the Bektashi order whose shrine and grave on top of the hill was a place of pilgrimage in the 17th century.

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Luckily by the time we got to the top of the hill, the sun hadn’t finished setting so we could walk back down without slipping over. However, Cem nearly fell down the stairs at least 7 times. He didn’t manage to fall over completely though, which is an improvement on our previous ice skating adventure…

As you can see, it was well worth the steep walk.

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As a reward for walking so far throughout the day, we decided to order pizza instead of going out for dinner. I’m not a huge fan of pizza so I just got a standard size one and only managed to eat 2 or 3 slices. You can probably guess that the rather large looking pizza is Cem’s. He didn’t finish it which I was quite relieved about. Surely no normal man can eat a pizza of that size…

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As always, thanks for reading!

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Bye for now,

Courteney x

35 thoughts on “Gellért Hill and The Biggest Pizza | Budapest 2017

  1. My husband can…it is really annoying too because he is skinny as anything. I love to treat myself when I do a big hike or walk. We have a rail trail that connects our city to two other cities, and if we walk to the next city we usually stop and go out to eat 🙂

  2. That pizza looks so good! It’s been a while since I’ve had one and now I really want it! Budapest still ceases to amaze me!

  3. I can see why you wanted to go up Gellert Hill, the views are fantastic! As for that pizza, I couldn’t get anywhere close to eating it, but it looks fab for parties!

  4. I did a backpacking trip around Europe a few years ago and, surprisingly enough, Budapest was probably my favorite city (Dublin was a close second). The people were so friendly there, the food was cheap and delicious, the architecture and sights beautiful – I absolutely loved it and would love to go back on day! When I do, I’ll have to order myself one of those huge pizzas!

  5. That’s a nice reward for walking so many steps. The scenery was gorgeous. I love pizza, so I would be all over that. I love olives on my pizza, too!

  6. Oh boy I’d love to visit! I think it would be such a fun family trip to take! We’ve been looking at fun places to go and this is definitely on the list!

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