Summer on Chain Bridge
The Summer on Chain Bridge is an important landmark in Budapest and it is widely know for the amazing festival it hosts in the summer, known as Summer on the Chain Bridge Festival (Nyar a Lanchidon) . The bridge straddles the Danube between Roosevelt tér on the Pest side and Clark Ádám tér in Buda. It was the first permanent bridge across the Danube in Budapest, and was opened in 1849. It is the biggest festival held in Budapest and it has breathtaking views with the Danube flowing below you. The festival is held every weekend from late June to Mid August. It is extremely enjoyable for everyone whether you’re old, young with family or friends, it is a perfect way to spend a summer day.
A wide palette of cultural events are held on stages on both Pest and Buda side of the Bridge. The event provides the best opportunity to walk across the bridge, because only pedestrians, baby strollers and roller skaters are allowed on it, during the festival. It’s a perfect chance to get a close up look of the Bridge meanwhile enjoying games and music. There is also traditional Hungarian food and drinks, mostly beer with a festive ambiance.
Simply, walking from the Duna Promenade right up to the Buda Castle, you can see handicraft displays offering their goods, workshops to take part in and live events to enjoy. There are about 100 different programs available from folk dance ensembles, with folk musicians in open-air concerts, acrobats, jugglers and fire-eaters, as well as portrait-sketchers and photographers, the events change on different weekends. Summer on the Chain Bridge is a fun, cultural and free event in Budapest enjoyed by the locals and tourists.