Budapest is a city of dichotomy. It has historically been divided neatly down the middle, split by the Danube River. On one side is Buda, the mountainous, beautiful home of kings and the wealthy upper class. On the opposing side of the river lies Pest, flat as a table and home of the working class. On both sides of the river however, this duality continues in the very architecture of the city. Stately historic buildings adorned in gold and covered with art, lie sandwiched between drab concrete structures and vandalized monuments to a darker time, when communism held sway over the people of Budapest. But in spite of the apparently opposing factions on both sides of the river, the people of Budapest are among the most friendly and genuine in all the world, and will go to great lengths to make a stranger feel welcome. This factor alone makes Budapest an incredible place to visit.
These chains stand as a monument to the Iron Curtain, and the lives lost and irreparably damaged during its time.