Elizabeth Lookout

The Elizabeth Lookout is a historic lookout tower on János-hegy above Budapest. Built in 1911, the tower was named after Empress Elisabeth, wife of Emperor Franz Joseph I. Frigyes Schulek was the architect. The tower is near Budapest's District XII, and may be reached from the Széll Kálmán tér of Budapest. Before the construction of the tower, there was a low wooden platform, which was demolished in 1908. Frederick Gluck proposed to build the stone tower and started gathering the necessary money for the construction. The capital in 1907 approved the plans and Schulek Frederick was entrusted with building the tower. They started the construction in 1908, he construction manager was Paul Kluczinger. The tower was built of limestone. The lookout tower was built in 1910 and named after Queen Elizabeth, who in 1882 was on the mountain. At 526 metres, János-hegy is the highest point in Budapest. Other hills in the area, Nagy-Hárs-hegy and Kis-Hárs-hegy, reach 454 metres and 362 metres, respectively. In clear weather, the Mátra Mountains are visible, 80 kilometres distant. On the far eastern horizon one might see the Great Hungarian Plain.