A day walking the Danube
The famous Duna
One of the things that makes Budapest unique is definitely the Danube. It flows in between the hilly Buda and the flat Pest. It used to be a natural border between the two parts of the city, but now it’s considered a link. Buda and Pest were united in 1879, and the first permanent bridge, the Chain Bridge, constructed over the Danube in 1838 was a great help in this process. Now the two sides are linked by 7 road and 2 rail bridges.
The Blue Danube and its origin
Some people also call it the Blue Danube even though it isn’t actually blue. Some inhabitants say that at 6 o’ clock in the morning it’s blue. It is a very important river, flowing through 8 countries and 4 capitals: Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava and Belgrade. It comes from the Black Forest in Germany and flows into the Black Sea.
From Lágymányos to Margaret Bridge
It is always a great idea to walk the Danube, during the day and at night as well. You could start at the Lágymányosi Bridge, and have a look at the amazing building of Palace of Arts (MÜPA), and the National Theatre – they are both gorgeous.
What is great about the river bank is that there is a tramline #2 which runs along it, so you have a chance to hop on it easily from there. Take it until the Liberty Bridge (it is more like the city center and from there it is pretty easy to walk). Have a look at or in the Central Market Hall which is another symbol of the city. On the Buda side, you can admire Gellért Hill, and the Statue of Liberty on top.
Then you can walk by the river embankment up to the Elizabeth Bridge and all the way up to the Chain Bridge. You can have some lunch around Vigadó Square which offers a great view to the other side, where Buda Castle stands.
After that it is a good idea to walk to Margaret Bridge (after checking out Matthias Church on the Buda side). On the way, you will walk by the saddening but famous Shoes by the Danube, which is a memorial for the Jews who were shot into the river during WWII.
Later, have a look at the imposing Parliament Building. You can have a coffee or tea in one of the nearby bars. Then continue to the Margaret Island which is a beautiful spot, a green park, always full with cheerful people having a picnic or enjoying some sports.
After the park, head back to the center on the Buda side, so you can admire the panoramic view over the Pest side of the river. Hopefully, by this time it will be dark, so you can see everything lit up, which is gorgeous. If you still have some energy walk up to the Castle or even to the Citadel on the Gellért Hill which gives you the best landscape. Enjoy!
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