Pest to Buda- via Chain Bridge

When walking along the Danube river promenade, the site of the Chain Bridge in Budapest is striking, from both sides of the river. . The Chain Bridge is the first permanent stone bridge that connects Buda and Pest and truly is an important landmark of the Hungarian capital.  It is a good example of the past success and history of this City. The Chain Bridge is fun to view during the day and at night.


The Chain bridge- Szechenyi lanchid!

Opened in 1849, it’s historically important as the oldest bridge joining Buda to Pest, and the twisted chain cables holding up this suspension bridge are rather unusual. However, the views you’ll get of both banks of the Danube are what make this bridge noteworthy.


Fun on the run while climbing the hill to Buda Castle


The Presidential Palace


The Changing of the Guards in front of the Hungarian Presidential Palace

We walked through this bridge to go to the Castle area. It is a bit crowded with tourist but I am not complaining! Just too many admirers here and it was so hard to take pictures without these people on the back ground. It has pedestrian paths on either side that are open to cyclists and walkers, so it tends to get a bit crowded… if you only have time to do one thing in Budapest, I recommend that you walk across the Chain bridge as it gives you a panoramic view of the most beautiful city sites: the Danube itself, the Royal Palace and the Parliament.



The Matthias Fountain in Buda Castle

We walked from the Pest side to Buda and then climb up the stairs to the Castle area. There is room to take pictures of the bridge from both the Buda and Pest sides, as well as on the bridge itself. There are good river views from it. On the Buda side, the funicular too takes you up to the hill but as I already said we walked and it was an unforgettable walk

Like all the Budapest renovated sites. The history and way things have been put together is wonderful. The castle itself is stunning but the entire castle hill is well worth the visit. Like time stopped; Cobblestone streets, small corners to explore and an absolutely amazing view!


The visual of the castle took my breath away and used most of the memory space from my camera (well, am not complaining anything). Walking around Buda Castle is reliving history. The quaint village and the upkeep of the castle are amazing. The number of buildings designated national landmarks is astounding. This area is wonderful because of the spectacular view it offers you on the city. It was a splendid view of the Pest side. My favorite part of the Castle grounds is the Matthias Fountain, depicting King Matthias and his men with their hunting dogs. The figures are so lifelike I can almost imagine the dogs are panting. The Buda Castle typifies the grandeur of Budapest and the richness of its royal past.


The Buda Castle scene across the river Danube

The bridge and the view after sunset are equally spectacular. With the whole area lit around the reflection of the city in the dark ever is fascinating.


The Skintilating Chain Bridge & the Night View

Let me not forget about our Bollywood Connection: The climax scene from the most loved Hindi movie Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) was shot here and in Italy 🙂 Also the very latest block buster movie Sultan starring Salman Khan was shot here too 🙂 No wonder why bollywood likes so much of Eastern Europe.

The experience and beauty is quite uncommon.

It was a wonderful stroll that set the whole tone for the holiday.




60 thoughts on “Pest to Buda- via Chain Bridge

  1. Josh Gross | The Jaguar says:

    Great post, I learned a lot from it! I didn’t even know that Budapest had two sides: Buda and Pest. And I had no idea that Bollywood films had been shot there!

    Besides helping to relieve my ignorance, I thank you for sharing your photos of this beautiful city. It really is stunning!


      • Josh Gross | The Jaguar says:

        No, I know very little about Bollywood. But I find it interesting that Bollywood movies have been filmed in Budapest nonetheless!

        Yes, domestic dogs and cats are the best pets. Wild animals like tigers should never be pets: it’s very dangerous and the pet trade can be very bad for the species’ welfare. Besides, domestic dogs and cats are so much fun to be around 😀

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      • Sallyporte says:

        More than the fun, their unconditional love is something touchy to my heart.
        Sharing my own experience with my pet Pogo, when I am out with him, my mind would be busy thinking about many things but he is only thinking about my presence. He gets disturbed even with my little movement away from his sight..


  2. windowcolquhoun810 says:

    Thank you for visiting my blog. Our family spent a few days in Budapest sometime back and thoroughly enjoyed it. We found the locals very friendly. I wanted to buy a nest of Russian dolls but they were too many that were beautiful and I couldn’t decide. I ended up running out of time and missed out. It givesme a good excuse to return.
    I’m reading your posts Akkshara and enjoying them as well. Will drop by again.

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    • Sallyporte says:

      Thank you Wendy,
      Deeply delighted from your acclaim😇
      I wish you make your another trip and could get your Russian nesting doll🙂 and Hungarian
      Paparika which is also quite famous😀


  3. pathbreakingwriter says:

    Oh. My. God. I’ve read about Budapest before, but you have given it a better presentation than any other blog. I love the way you write & blend it with pictures. It’s like Reading-Visualizing combo package. Loved the Matthias Fountain, and your picture as well.

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