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.
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