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039 / Budapest by night

Known as the Pearl of the Danube, Budapest is one of the world’s great riverfront cities. The river divides the city into two – the eastern Buda, with its castle-crowned hill, and the western Pest, with its stately avenues and mansions. Both are linked by a series of photogenic bridges, with the Szechenyi Hid being the oldest and most famous. Built in 1849, the bridge survived two world wars and countless revolts, and has since emerged as one of the city’s most iconic sights. Linking the Buda Castle with the Roosevelt Ter, the bridge is close to many of the city’s most prominent sights, including the Szent Istvan Bazilika, Gresham Palace, and the Hungarian House of Parliament. The entire ensemble ranks as one of the foremost examples of Baroque architecture on the planet, and when illuminated at night, one of the most magical cityscapes in existence.

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