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“Chain Bridge - Historic and attractive bridge crossing the Danube”

Szechenyi Chain Bridge
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Completed in 1849, this bridge was the first to be built across the Hungarian section of the Danube and is now considered to be one of the city's major landmarks.
Reviewed March 27, 2014

Chain Bridge (Szechenyi Lanchid) is an historically important bridge crossing the Danube River in Budapest that is well worth viewing and perhaps walking during trips to the city.

Designed by William Clark and opening in 1849, this was the first permanent bridge linking Buda to Pest. At the time, Chain Bridge was considered one of the most stunning bridges in the world, along with the Brooklyn Bridge in NYC (USA).

It remains beautiful to this day. You can see the 202 metre long suspension bridge well from both sides of the river and there are some very attractive vantage points from upon Castle Hill, allowing you to take photos of the bridge with Pest in the background.

It is very much worth walking the bridge between Buda and Pest as well. In addition to the decorative cast iron and two pillar arches you pass, the end of the bridge features lions resting upon the abutments. These were carved by sculptor Janos Marscholko in 1852 and add a majestic touch to this attraction. At night, the bridge arches are lit, making it very nice to see Chain Bridge after the sun goes down as well.

Overall, we very much liked the Chain Bridge, finding this to be our second favourite behind Art Nouveau style - Liberty Bridge. It is a nice landmark to see and also enjoyable to cross during trips to Budapest.

1  Thank BradJill
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Reviewed March 27, 2014 via mobile

The chain bridge is well worth a visit. It's a wonderful piece of engineering. The views of castle hill and parliament are also excellent from here. Lovely place to go and see

1  Thank sarahmaloney1
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Reviewed March 27, 2014

Lovely bridge to walk along, is very chilly, nice views of the city. If you can go just before dark and you can see the lights go on, which is very pretty.

Thank ippyEngland
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Reviewed March 27, 2014

Such a beautiful piece of history here. Fantastic views up both sides of the river, and just beautiful to look at. A must do if in the area exploring. Only takes a few minutes to cross and is easy to assess. Good pedestrian access on both sides and wide enough for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

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Reviewed March 27, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful bridge, well maintained and with lots of character, as you might expect from Budapest's first permanent bridge! Crossing it is a delight. Great views as a pedestrian, not only up and down the Danube but up to Castle Hill and across to Pest as well. The bridge is fairly tastefully lit and makes a good spectacle at night too. 5/5 would cross again!

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