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Explore the Danube's East Edge in Budapest

Discover the Pest Side of Budapest
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.9 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  While the Buda side of the Danube is more Old World, the Pest side is dynamic, with more glitz, fine cafes and restaurants. It's where... more »

Tips:  If you can't get to Margaret Island on this day, plan to visit on another day. It shouldn't be missed.

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Points of Interest

Start the day at Hungary’s government house. As much as the Danube is a symbol of Budapest, so is its 110-year-old Parliament building. Located between the Margaret and Chain bridges, the goliath Neo-Gothic structure boasts 24 slender towers, arcades and a giant dome. Ninety statues--homage to Hungarian heroes--surround it.

To give you an idea ... More

2. “Shoes on the Danube Bank” by Károly Szabó ( Szabadság Útja)

Turn right and walk about 1,000 feet along the river. Perpendicular to Zoltan Street is an imprint on the walk. It says, “Szaedsag Útea,” which means “the way to freedom.”

During World War II, the Hungarian Nazis (Arrow Cross Party) forced Jews to line up along the water's edge and shot them. The shoes sitting on the edge signifies that was all... More

Continue walking alongside the river. Originally opened in 1849, the city’s oldest and most beautiful of its seven Danube bridges was destroyed by the Nazis. Rebuilt and reopened in 1949, it sits alongside the Four Seasons Gresham Palace on the Pest side. At night, it is aglow and is stunning.
By the Adam Clark Square on the Pest side... More

4. The Dohány Street Great Synagogue (Nagy Zsinagóga)

Walk south toward the Elizabeth Bridge then turn left on Szabad Sajtó út. In about four blocks, the street becomes Kossuth Lajos Street. Turn left on Károly kōrút and walk a block to Dohány Street. You can’t miss the synagogue.

Completed in 1859, Europe’s largest synagogue covers one square block. Two onion-shaped domes top the Byzantine-Moorish... More

Return to Károly kōrút, turn right and pass three streets. There will be a diagonal street, Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út. Turn right and follow the street to Szent Isván tér. You can’t miss the church.

The 315-foot dome of this gigantic structure, Budapest’s largest church, towers over the city. Neo-Renaissance in style, it was completed in 1905 after... More

If you don’t know what to in the afternoon and just want to relax, you might spend the rest of the day at Margaret Island. The 1,5 mile(2.5 km) long island park sits in the Danube right off the Margaret Bridge. Joggers, walkers, bikers and those who just come to ogle the scenery really enjoy the ancient chestnut trees, botanic gardens and... More