3 August 2008

Citadel, Budapest

A golden rule of travel is to climb the high places so I spent a day on the hills of Buda exploring palaces, museums and old cobbled streets while enjoying the extensive views of Pest across the Danube (the views of Buda were less impressive!).

Citadel is on one of the hills of Buda and is worth the tortuous, and confusing, walk to the top to see the magnificent Soviet era statues.

The Liberty Statue was first erected in 1947 in remembrance of the Soviet liberation of Hungary from Nazi forces. It is 14m tall and stands on a 26m pedestal. It depicts a woman holding a palm leaf.

The brutal concrete landscape, the large statues and the stunning views remind me very much of Vitkov Hill in Prague, one of my favourite places in that city.

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