The beauty of a classic city like Budapest is undeniable and, for that reason, more than one movie director has chosen it as a film location, due to both its own merits and similarities to equally gorgeous destinations. Cities like the capital of Hungary are also a special gift for creators of music videos, who need to pack a musical story into no more than three or four minutes and make a visual impact from the very first chords. To do so, these directors take advantage of aerial shots of classic buildings and gorgeous nocturnal views in which the street lights and tourist attractions make the beauty of certain sights stand out even more.
As for Budapest, this city was used in one of the latest pop hits, the song Firework by Katy Perry, which showcases two of the most emblematic structures in the city: the Buda Castle and the Chain Bridge, a representation of the classic European city, divided by a river with a stunning palace one side and the classic charm of an old Eastern city everywhere.
Despite its name, the Buda Castle bears no relation to the Oriental deity, but rather to the original name of the city where it was founded, and is at the root of the current name Budapest. The royal palace, which dates back to the 14th century, is today one of the best conserved national treasures of Hungary and has been declared a World Heritage Site. It is precisely the need for union between the two old cities of Buda and Pest that give us the symbol of the city, the Chain Bridge, the first to span the Danube in Hungary (until it was built, the only way to travel from one city to the other was by way of an old ferry). You will find it on many if not most postcards and souvenirs; it will surely fill your memory card with its charm as well.
And if you want to live the Firework experience and be there on a special day, take the opportunity to spend the night of August 20th, when they celebrate the founding of the state, and watch as the obligatory fireworks display lights up the sky.
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