The Dunakorzó, or Danube promenade in English is a walkway which extends between two beautiful bridges, the white Elisabeth bridge and the iconic Chain bridge in Budapest, on the Pest side of the river Danube. The promenade always used to be a popular spot for strolling, especially in the 19th century when several great hotels and their cafés were built here. A few examples are the Ritz, the Bristol and the Carlton. They all overlooked the Danube and the Buda side with the Castle hill and the Gellért hill which are both iconic parts of the city. Today the promenade is home for other luxurious hotels such as the Marriott, InterContinental and Sofitel. Panorama, architecture, people-watching, outdoor restaurants and cafés are all keywords if it comes to this walkway. The number 2 tram – which has been mentioned in several guide books and on platforms as one of the most beautiful tramlines in Europe – also has stops along the Danube promenade. Every December the tramcars are decorated with hundreds of Christmas lights. This creates a great opportunity for making wonderful photos of the tramcars and the view behind them.
Another sight that can be found on the promenade is the statue of the Little Princess (Kiskirálylány). The statue that sits on the railing at one of the stops of the tram number 2 is the work of a Hungarian sculptor who had a daughter that liked playing dressed up as a princess and always had a paper crown on her head, too. The statue is significant, because she was one of the first public statues in Budapest after the Communist regime was changed to a democratic system in Hungary in 1989 that does not depict any political leaders, muscular workers and soldiers. She is just a little girl sitting carelessly next to the river. Opposite her the Vigadó can be seen. This is a romantic building, a concert hall inaugurated in 1865 which hosted performances by Liszt, Mahler, Wagner and Von Karajan. Today it still houses many performances and a café inside.
A piece of practical information: a lot of Danube cruises depart from Vigadó square. The Danube promenade ends by the Chain bridge with the Roosevelt square and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Magyar Tudományos Akadémia). On the Roosevelt square the Gresham palace can be found as well, which used to be an office and apartment building named after the 16th-century English financier Sir Thomas Gresham, the founder of the Royal Exchange in London. Now it is the Four Seasons Hotel Budapest Gresham Palace, a luxury hotel managed by Four Seasons Hotels.