Buda–Pest link.

Buda–Pest link.

Another one of Budapest’s worthwhile—and also gratis—nighttime activities is crossing on foot one of the city’s many bridges that connect both sides of the Danube, which, despite Johann Strauss II’s quite marvellous efforts, is in fact not blue. (Sorry.)

If you like strolling around at night as much as I do, Budapest’s Széchenyi Chain Bridge is one of more than half a dozen spots in which to do just that. Opened in 1849, the Chain Bridge was the first of its kind to span the Duna and connect both sides of the river—this was even before Buda, Pest, and nearby Óbuda were joined together to become the fitting dual capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1873.

Taking a leisurely stroll is great, irrespective of the city you find yourself in. Go for a walk; discover something new. I won’t go as far as to say you should get lost—that may be a tad overly cliché. And besides, being lost is no fun.

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