The Buda side of the Danube near the Gellért Hill is known for its thermal springs and spas. The Rudas Fürdo, one of the most colorful and beautiful spas in the city has been operating since 1556. Close by is the Chain Bridge, which was built at the instigation of Count István Széchenyi, and is the first permanent bridge across the Danube. At the head of the bridge is the lower station of the funicular railway, which transports passengers up to the castle hill just north of the palace gates in minutes. Just for the amazing view, the trip is a must. The cars of the railway still look like they did at the time of the opening back in 1870. They run continuously Monday to Sunday between 07.30 and 22.00. Exception: on every even week the railway is closed on Mondays.