In between Buda and Pest…
1. Chain Bridge
The first bridge of Budapest fortified by iron chains 380 meters long. At 14.8 meters wide, it connects commuters between Buda and Pest. Pavements are also built, so you can easily cross over by foot. As I mentioned in the opening of this post, the bridge glitters by night, spotlighting its beauty against the Danube river.
2. Elisabeth Bridge
Easily recognizeable for its slender, white cables, this is the third newest bridge of Budapest. 290 metres long, it services some of the busiest traffic in Budapest.
3. Liberty Bridge
Also crossable by foot, it connects the Great Market Hall on Pest with the Gellert Hotel on Buda, at the southern end of the city centre. Its four tall spires give the bridge a rather commanding feel.
Take all of these bridges in with a boat ride down the river. There are many boat companies along the river, so take your time to ask for the best deal. Some offer you a day pass, which means you can board the boat for an unlimited number of times.
4. Bonus: Margaret Island
A 2.5-kilometre-long island with its very own parks, thermal bath and wildlife sanctuary. Almost all motorized traffic on this island is banned, making it an ideal recreation destination for the family.
Directions to Margaret Island: By foot - Walk along Margaret Bridge, which connects to the island directly. By boat - Some of the boat companies offer pitstops to Margaret Island at fixed timings of the day. Be sure to ask about the timings as the frequency can be as little as 4 a day. A convenient way to reach the island as it drops you right in front of the island. By tram - Tram 4 and 6 stops on Margaret Bridge. Get off at Margit híd Budai hídfő stop. By bus - Bus 26 departs from Nyugati tér and the Árpád-híd metro station and travels through the island.
Upon disembarking the boat, a musical fountain awaits. Music is played four times a day, at 10.30 am, 5, 6, 7 and 9pm.
For a detailed guide of Margaret Island, check out Budapest By Locals’ post here.
5. Eat: Kürtös Kalács, a typical Hungarian pastry
This is a cylindrical-shaped sweet-tasting pastry. A stripe of soft dough is rolled around a wooden rod and baked over coals. The brown pastry is then rolled in sugar, cinnamon, ground walnut, almonds or cocoa. It can be found in most market halls or outdoor food fairs.
So there, this is THE list of Budapest attractions for every first-timer, without missing any of the glitz and glamour Budapest has to offer, nor the history and viewpoints of the capital.
24 June 2015, Wed – 27 June 2015, Sat
Have you been to Budapest? What’s your favourite part about it? 🙂