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Did you know there are homes in the Castle Hill Tunnel?

Photo : Balkányi László / We Love Budapest
Palotanegyed, Károly-palota

It’s not so obvious that the Castle Hill Tunnel has homes in it, but Fazekas János grew up in one of these apartments because his father was the Chain Bridge’s caretaker for forty years. Now János himself is the caretaker of both the bridge and the tunnel, and although he hasn’t lived in the unique apartment since 2007 he’s hoping huge renovations will soon make it liveable once more. We spoke to him about his life in the tunnel, his work with one of Budapest’s most iconic sites and what it’s like to come from a family that’s been integral in looking after Budapest’s northern bridges.