Chain Bridge Budapest


As you look across the Danube you can see many bridges, including the Chain Bridge (Széchenyi Lánchíd) that spans across the water. It was the first bridge to join the Buda with the Pest, opening in 1849.

The bridge straddles the Danube on the Pest side of the river to Széchenyi square and on the Buda side to Adam Clark Square. Construction was proposed by Count István Széchenyi, from where it receives its name, Széchenyi Chain Bridge and designed by english engineer William Tierney Clark. It was greatly funded by the Greek merchant Georgios Sinas, whose name is inscribed on the Buda side of Bridge.

At the time it was first opened, its lengthy span of 202 meters was one of the largest in the world and was regarded as one of the world’s most modern engineering feats. The portals are decorated with lion head capstones and the coat of arms of Hungary made by the sculptor, Marschalko János. At the end of World War II, retreating German troops blew up all the bridges in Budapest, including the Chain Bridge on 18 January 1945. It was soon decided to rebuild the bridge and it was reopened exactly one hundred years after its initial inauguration. The Chain Bridge in Budapest has a huge significance in the country’s economic, social and cultural life. The bridge radiates dignity and balance, elevating the Chain Bridge to a high stature in Europe. It became a symbol of advancement, national awakening, and the linkage between East and West. In addition to the elegant bridge and its fascinating history, its also hosts Budapest’s largest summer festival. Every weekend from July until mid-August a wide variety of cultural programmes await you, during which only pedestrians are allowed on the bridge, giving you the perfect opportunity to explore. And of course don’t forget to view the Bridge at night, the panorama will fascinate you even more, when the lights of the city reflect in the dark river.

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Sights around the Chain Bridge

  • Hotel Four Seasons Gresham Palace
  • Castle District
  • Buda Castle
  • Danube Promenade

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