Friday, December 11, 2015

Past POIs - Elizabeth Lookout (Erzsébet kilátó) [Budapest, Hungary]

At the top of János Hill, the highest point in Budapest at 526 meters, is Elizabeth Lookout (Erzsébet kilátó), what looks like a turret or a tower that seemingly just comes out of the side of the hill.

Elizabeth Lookout.
Built in 1911, it was designed by Frigyes Schulek, who also designed the Fisherman's Bastion, was named after Queen Elizabeth, wife of King Franz Joseph I.

It is 23.5 meters high, with a 101-step spiral staircase, it provides you with great panoramic views of the surrounding area and is free to visit throughout the year. Note that there is no elevator. On the first floor there is a bit of history behind the lookout tower itself.

View from atop Elizabeth Lookout.
To get here, most visitors will come here via one of two ways. The first option is to take the chairlift (Libegő) which will take you most of the way up and there is about a 10 minute walk to get to the lookout. The second option is to take the Children's Railway (Gyermekvasút) to Jánoshegy and walk up for about 20 minutes. Based on my experience, I would suggest taking the second option since there is not too much to see when going up via the chairlift.

Worth a stop if you are in the area to give you nice views of Budapest. We came here on the first day that we arrived and it did not disappoint.

Come back next Friday for another Past Point of Interest!