Crossing the Chain Bridge under Moonlight in Budapest, Hungary
Budapest is a moody place under the best of circumstances. But throw in a full moon and a dark night, and the romantic walk across the historic Chain Bridge (known to the locals as the Széchenyi lánchíd) takes on a Gothic aura. One of several modern bridges that link the young, gritty Pest side of the city to the older, historic Buda Hills, the Chain Bridge gets the most foot traffic because of its wide pedestrian sidewalks and the perfect views of the Danube in all directions. Facing up the wide, murky river to the north, the panoramic Parliament building glows like something out of a fairy tale—its spikes threatening to impale the moon. To your left, the old castle climbs up the Buda Hills and oversees the urban landscape from the vantage point of thousands of years of wisdom. To your right, the modern hotels of Pest jockey for space with the spires and bells and towers of St. Stephen's Basilica and the imposingly creepy Soviet-era ministries. Choose the direction for your Hungarian adventure tonight, but first, take a moment to contemplate the moon in the cold, aloof northern sky.