Why is it called the Elizabeth lookout?
The 528 metre high János Hill is the fourth highest in the Buda Hills. The panorama from the top is dazzling. Queen Elizabeth, also known as Sissi, recognised this in the 1880s, and she was so enchanted by the view of Budapest from this vantage point that she visited several times. At that time there was a wooden lookout tower at the spot, but it was later decided to erect a new stone lookout tower in its place to honour the queen.
Construction work on the new lookout began in 1908. The design also took into account that the axis of the circular building should line up with the imagined axis of János Hill. When you get there, you will notice that the lookout gives the impression of being extremely harmonious. This is due, among other things, to its meticulous design.
The Elizabeth Lookout was opened to the public in 1910, and in 1926 this magnificent building received decorative lighting, the first permanent such lighting in Hungary. (Encouraged by the success of the lighting, the Fisherman's Bastion and the Hungarian Parliament were also later illuminated.) The lookout has undergone several renovations. It has been shining in its present splendour since 2005.