These two iconic landmarks are at the heart of the Budapest World Heritage site in the centre of town, right on the shores of the Danube River so with Hungary one of the pioneers of Modern Pentathlon, currently leading the medal table at the Olympic Games, it is great to have one of the World Cup Series events in this stunning city.
The historical Castle and Palace complex used to be the residence of the Hungarian kings of old. First completed in 1265, Buda Castle used to be called the Royal Palace or the Royal Palace and was built in the now much celebrated Medieval Baroque style on the southern tip of Castle Hill, bounded on the north by 19th-century houses, churches, and public buildings.
Designed by the English engineer William Tierney Clark, the Széchenyi Chain Bridge was the first permanent bridge across the Danube and has been open since 1849. It became a symbol of advancement, national awakening, and the linkage between East and West. The Széchenyi Chain Bridge brought the cities of Buda and Pest together to form one and the western and eastern sides now define the Hungarian capital city as one entity which was also at the centre of the Austro-Hungarian Empire’s rise to power.