Budapest is a gorgeous city with two very distinct sides separated by the Danube River: Buda is on the west and Pest on the East. Merged into one city in 1873, both areas have developed very independently of each other and though they share similarities, each has its own, distinct flavour. While Buda is renowned for its grandeur and attractions like Hapsburg Palace, Pest is fiery and lively and home to bustling backdrops of ruin pubs, historic attractions, and replete café culture.
8. Danube Promenade
The Danube Promenade, called Dunakorzó by locals, is set between the ain Bridge and Elizabeth Bridge on the Pest side of the city along the Danube riverbanks. Throughout the 19th century, the area was a popular spot for promenades, hence the name, and as home to a wealth of upscale hotels including The Ritz, The Carlton, and the Bristol Hotel, each featuring wonderful terraces with a bird’s eye view of Buda Castle and the Danube. Elizabeth Bridge (Erzsébet híd), named after the wife of Emperor Franz Joseph, is along this stretch and one of the most exquisite bridges in the city. At the Pest side of the Chain Bridge is Széchenyi István Square, home to Art-Nouveau Gresham Palace. The promenade features more than a dozen interesting sculptures, including the Little Princess (Kiskirálylány), sitting long a stretch of handrail holding on with both hands and wearing an elongated crown.