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BUDAPEST - RIVER DANUBE AND CHAIN BRIDGE HUNGARY

Budapest River DanubeThe Danube River at Budapest – As the Danube flows through Budapest, it is at its most majestic. This magnificent and famous river is half a mile wide as it flows right through the centre of Budapest. Because of the width of the Danube (Dona) at this point, it really did split the west bank from the east bank – resulting in the independent formation of the two cities Pest and Buda.

The Chain Bridge was the first permanent bridge to cross the Danube in Budapest (in the mid 19th Century) and it was quickly followed by several other bridges. However, all bridges were bombed by the Allies in the last two years of World War 2 and had to be rebuilt during the period 1950 to 1970. The beautiful and graceful Elizabeth Bridge (Erzsebet Bridge) first opened in 1903, and rebuilt with a slightly different design after the War.)

THE CHAIN BRIDGE

First opened to traffic in mid 19th century, the Chain Bridge was slung from huge chains giving it a very wide span. This was because the frozen sheets of ice that flow down the river in winter would have crashed in to supporting pillars so this new technique of slinging the river from chains was devised. When The Chain Bridge was first opened in Budapest, the nearest steady bridge across the Danube was in Vienna.

BUDAPEST TOP 10 ATTRACTIONS – The sights below are “must do’s” on any visit to Budapest. After you’ve been, you’ll have your own list. Budapest has a wide range of important sightseeing options but many people go without a pre-prepared list of what they want to see – this is wise because around every corner in Budapest is something likely to appeal to someone. Another point about sightseeing in Budapest is that many people don’t have a mental picture of the magnificent buildings such as the Budapest Parliament Buildings, the Royal Palace in Budapest, etc – despite the fact they are stunning.

1. Spend some time on Castle Hill, Buda Castle, Royal Palace, Obuda
2. Go to the Budapest Citadella and The Freedom Monument
3. Walk up Andrassy Street to Heroes Square
4. Grab a bit of Culture in BudapestOpera, Concert, Folk Music, etc
5. Look at the wide Danube River and cross over the Chain Bridge
6. Take a trip to somewhere outside Budapest – Danube Bend, Visegrad,
Esztergom, Cruise on the Danube, Szentendre (St Andrew) etc
7. Soothe your aches in a Thermal Bath, visit Vajdahunyad Castle and
City Park (Varosliget)
8. Go on a trip to Statue’s Park
9. Visit some Churches, the Great Jewish Synagogue, St Stephen’s
Basilica, St Matthias Church
10. Admire the Houses of Parliament but make sure to take a tour of the
interior