If there’s only one thing you can see in Budapest, let it be Szechenyi Chain Bridge (Széchenyi lánchíd). Definitely the most famous bridge in Hungarian capital for a good reason, and it’s my favourite structure in Budapest beside the Parliament Building. The Chain Bridge looks awesome all day long but its magical charm goes up by another notch when night falls.
That’s when the surrounding buildings and streets light up along with it…simply awesome! Everywhere I turned was good photo opportunities which motivated me to soldier in the very windy and freaking cold night. Now, if only I can capture great photos like the pros…oh well… Anyhow, these were taken during the first night of wandering around the bridge.
Chain Bridge Déjà vu
I went back to the same place again next evening, wanting to see the scenic setting that earned Budapest ‘Paris of the East’ nickname. Took a bus from Buda Old Town and alight at Széll Kálmán tér before taking the metro to Batthyány tér.
And man, the Metro stations in Budapest go really deep into underground – I’m talking about some 10 storeys kind of depth. The escalators’ speed is kinda fast too, so hold on to that handrail else risk a long and painful tumble down!
The heavy downpour dashed my hope of sunset photo opportunity… sianz… So I took shelter and seek comfort food at a random Italian restaurant by the name of Pizza EATaliano. The dinner and Tiramisu turned up delicious! Nice!
It was still pouring when blue hour appeared…it was so beautiful that rain doesn’t bother me anymore.
The two-towered Church of St. Anne (Szent Anna templom) looking graceful.
Managed to capture the Hungarian Parliament House (Országház) and Margaret Bridge (Margit híd) before the blue hour left…
Awesome view from Margaret Bridge
Then I headed to Margaret Bridge for some different views where I was pretty much drenched by then. The effort here is worth it as the overview of both river banks from Margaret Bridge is spectacular!!
The Szechenyi Chain Bridge looks damn awesome from Margaret Bridge. Not wanting to end off the cold cold night yet so I went back up to Buda Castle and captured more shots of the charming Szechenyi bridge.
The atmosphere around Buda Castle at night is nice and quiet. It’s like my very own magical place and I didn’t see anyone else until Fisherman Bastion.
There’s this nice melody of a violin playing in the quiet night when I was at Fisherman Bastion. The music came from a lone violinist playing on the steps of the Bastion which I gladly tipped him before heading back to my hotel.