It is so romantic to take a walk on the Danube embankment, especially the Danube Promenade, which stretches between two iconic bridges of Budapest, the historical Chain Bridge (Lanchid) on Roosevelt square and the modern white Elisabeth bridge (Erzsebet hid). Walking on the river bank of the Danube won’t let you down, even if you are in a bad mood and alone. The lights of the bridges dancing in the river, the silhouette of the Buda Castle, the Hungarian Parliament, and the turrets and towers of the churches along the river are all very romantic and inspiring.
If you want to time your walk to get the most romantic views, try to start from the Chain Bridge at around or just after sunset. Not only will the night lights path your way beautifully, but the unsightly graffitis (and the waste on the streets) will also be gone. Sorry, we know it sounds quite sobering, but the truth is that even the stunning city centre of Budapest is full of unimaginative (non-Banksy style) graffitis…
You can’t resist walking in this beautiful city, so, to be practical again, don’t forget to take a comfortable pair of shoes with you. Forgot? Does your feet hurt? No need to worry, you can still enjoy the sights from tram number 2, which is like a sightseeing tour, as the tram runs along the river Danube. Anyway, ladies, please try to keep your high heels for the evening events (restaurants, operas, concerts, etc.) and enjoy the romantic walks without blisters and distraction, you won’t regret it.
The city centre of Budapest is built along the long stretches of the river Danube, with the most beautiful sights on both the Buda and the Pest sides, which now are enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage sites. You can take walks by day, and by night, and still won’t feel full and familiar. The landmarks are lit up by night too, and it is truly a breathtaking sight. You can climb to the top of the hills on the Buda side, e.g. the Gellert Hill offers this view of the city (the Citadel can be easily reached from Gellert square by the Liberty Bridge)
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Just to mention but a few what you will see during your Budapest walks on the Danube Promenade: the Matthias Church, the Fisherman’s Bastion, the Buda Castle (aka Royal Palace) on top of the Castle Hill, the old fashioned Funicular Railway on the Castle Hill, the Citadel, the Statue of Liberty on top of the Gellert Hill, the Art Nouveau Gellert Spa (and the Danubius Spa Hotel Gellert), the St Gellert Monument and waterfall on Gellert Hill – and this is only the Buda side… Now let’s turn to the Pest side of Budapest: the Neo-Gothic Budapest Parliament with its little turrets, towers, the big cupola and the sensational festive night lights (also part of the UNESCO World Heritage sites) is a real royal treatment to the romantic eyes.
As you go further, you will see the high domes of the St Stephen’s Basilica, the beautifully restored Art Nouveau Gresham Palace (where the Budapest Four Seasons Luxury Hotel resides), the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the romantic Pesti Vigado Concert Hall, etc. on the Pest side, and the beautiful bridges spanning the wide waters of the river Danube, the Chain Bridge, the Liberty Bridge, and so on. You will also spot some excellent statues on the way, like the Little Princess on Vigado square.
Probably the best walking routes for a romantic Budapest view are as follows:
Start from the Chain Bridge and head for the Margaret Bridge (on the Pest side). You can get to the Chain Bridge through a short walk from Deak square (where all the metro lines meet, the very heart of the city). Tram number 2 has a stop right at the Chain Bridge (Lanchid) and also some buses like number 16, 1o5. The name of the bus and tram stop is Szechenyi Istvan ter, although the square which is easier to remember and where the vehicles stop is Roosevelt ter (Roosevelt square).
Start from the Chain Bridge and head for the Margaret Bridge (on the Buda side). You can get to the Chain Bridge through a short walk from Deak square (where all the metro lines meet, the very heart of the city), and by walking through the Chain Bridge. A very nice walk, day and night, there is nothing to lose.
The square at the bridge on the Buda side is called Clark Adam ter. Buses number 16, 1o5 have a stop here. The buses have a stop at Deak square where you can leave from.
Start from the Elisabeth Bridge (Erzsebet Hid) and head for the Chain Bridge (on the Pest side). You can get to the Elisabeth Bridge through a short walk from Deak square (where all the metro lines meet, the very heart of the city). Alternatively, you can take tram number 2, which has a stop called ‘Marcius 15. ter’ right at the Elisabeth Bridge (Erzsebet hid). Or you can take a bus: number 5 and 15 stops right at the river (stop by the same name ‘Marcius 15. ter’), while buses number 7, 73, 173 all stop very close (3 minute walk). The name of the latter bus stop is Ferenciek tere.