Why visit: panorama, walks, architecture, people-watching, outdoor cafés
Things to Do and See Around the Danube Promenade
The Danube Promenade (Dunakorzó) extends between the Elizabeth Bridge and the Chain Bridge in Pest along the banks of the Danube. This location was always popular for promenading, especially in the 19th century. Back then the Promenade was home to several famous hotels such as the Ritz, the Bristol and the Carlton. Their cafés, overlooking the Danube and the Buda Castle were immensely popular. These days a new row of luxury hotels attempts to recreate the pre-war ambiance.
Things to see when walking from Elizabeth Bridge towards Chain Bridge:
Elizabeth Bridge (Erzsébet híd)
Probably the most elegant bridge in Budapest was named in honor of Queen Elisabeth, wife of Emperor Franz Joseph. The original suspension bridge was built at the end of the 19th century, but the damage sustained in World War II left the bridge beyond repair. Using the old pillars, a new bridge was built in the 1960s.
Vigadó Concert Hall
The Romantic building of the Vigadó Concert Hall was inaugurated in 1865. It is located on Vigadó tér, a small square next to the Marriott Hotel. The Vigadó hosted performances by Liszt, Mahler, Wagner and Von Karajan. The building was badly damaged during the war and it didn't reopen until 1980. Most Danube cruises depart from Vigadó tér.
Don't overlook the statue of the Little Princess on the Promenade, sitting on the railings by the embankment; she is one of Budapest's newest attractions.
Széchenyi István Square (Széchenyi István tér)
The Pest End of Chain Bridge (formerly known Roosevelt Square, named after the former U.S. president), was recently renamed to Széchenyi István tér as a tribute to the founder of Chain Bridge. The Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Art Nouveau-style Gresham Palace are located in the square.
Getting to the Danube Promenade: Streetcar 2 has several stops on the Danube Promenade
Insider Tip: Every December Christmas trams decorated with hundreds of lights run along the Danube Promenade, on route 2A.