Last updated on May 9th, 2020
The Buda Castle Tunnel is an emblematic element of the city, situated under the Buda Hill and behind the Chain Bridge. It enables cars to drive in two lanes and pedestrians to walk on the 350 meters long road that stretches under the Buda Castle. It was completed in 1857 according to the English Adam Clark’s eclectic classicist designs. Although its Western entrance was destroyed in the Second World War, the Eastern entrance survived and to this day it stands representing the power of Hungary with the Hungarian coats of arms crowning the top of its ellipsoid arch. A quirky fact is that there is an apartment built into the Eastern entrance, which traditionally housed the caretaker of the tunnel and the Chain Bridge. Inside the tunnel, the traffic lights get reflected on the millions of tiny mosaics that line the walls. Since the tunnel overlooks the stunning Danube and Pest, many young people love to sit on the top of the entrance to enjoy the panorama - which often gets them in trouble with the police, because the height of this construction also makes it dangerous.