The Chain Bridge (Szechenyi Lanchid) is not only the icon of Budapest, a national symbol that shows the city divided and connected by the river Danube, it is also one of the most photographed attractions in Budapest, and quite often shot after sunset with the beautiful night lights of all the top Budapest attractions lit up along the river. The suspension bridge was built in the 19th century with English and Scottish engineers. So you can trust its stability…
The Chain Bridge is one of the most romantic places in Budapest, oftentimes used by brave men as a place for proposal. You can take in so much beauty of Budapest by standing on the Chain Bridge: the lights in the river, the sky over Budapest, the Hungarian Parliament, the Buda Castle, the Gresham Palace, churches and 19th century residential buildings … it is an unforgettable experience. You are standing on a UNESCO World Heritage site where the Danube banks, including the bridges and the Buda Castle have been chosen as a beautiful part of our cultural heritage.
The Chain Bridge stretches between the Castle Hill on the hilly Buda side (continuing in a Tunnel under the hill) and the Gresham Palace on the Pest side (you can see the towers of the Basilica in the background). This photo of the Chain Bridge was taken from the Castle Hill:
You will find the Chain Bridge in the very middle of Budapest, between Szechenyi Istvan Sq (former Roosevelt square), and Clark Adam square on the Budapest tourist map. The three yellow houses show three five star luxury hotels: Four Seasons Hotel Budapest, Hotel Sofitel Budapest and Hotel Intercontinental Budapest.
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History of Chain Bridge, Budapest
The Chain Bridge (Lanchid) was built in 1849, and it was the first permanent bridge built between the then separate two towns, Buda and Pest (later united as Budapest in 1873 – with the third part being Óbuda). Interested in the detailed history of the Budapest Chain Bridge? Please read on.
If historical details bore you, take a look at the Anecdotes about the Chain Bridge
Chain Bridge Festival
The Chain Bridge is sometimes used as the venue of summer festivals and open air events (not every year). Learn about some summer events on the Budapest Chain Bridge here: Cultural Programmes at the Chain Bridge