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Chain Bridge (Szechenyi lanchid), Budapest

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While it offers excellent views of the city, Chain Bridge (Szechenyi lanchid) serves as a historic landmark itself: It's the first bridge to span the Danube River in Hungary. Built by English engineer William Tierney in 1849, this structure connects the east and west side of Hungary's capital city. The bridge features two road lanes, plus a pedestrian zone for those traveling on foot. Cross this well-known symbol of Budapest, marvel at its stone structure, and compare both sides of the city. Visit Széchenyi Square on the Pest side of the bridge, or head up to the Castle Hill on the Buda side. Make Chain Bridge (Szechenyi lanchid) a centerpiece of your Budapest vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Budapest family vacation planner.
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  • This is a can't miss attraction in Budapest. Very interesting architecture and history. It can be crowded but is still worth a visit.  more »
  • It's something you can see from anywhere in Budapest! Don't make a special trip! See it lit at night from a cruise! See it from the Citadel, or the castle, or the Fishermans Bastion! It's gorgeous and...  more »
  • We walked the Chain Bridge as it transitioned from afternoon into nightfall. This is a very busy bridge but offers great views of both sides of the city. From the bridge the Parliament building is ver...  more »
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  • Breathtaking. I had just arrived in Budapest and was being driven to my hotel at midnight. The entire bridge was lit up and I remember seeing the lions and thinking about how extraordinary it looked as we drove across. The first thing that I did the next day was walk over from my hotel just to see it. I'd highly recommend standing there just to watch the sunset, it's pretty damn beautiful.
  • Absolutely beautiful bridge! Was recommended this by a friend from the area. The bridge itself is grand, whilst the view from it is pretty epic too! It's a good point for crossing the Danube as there's a number of touristy attractions on either side too :)
  • Love to walk on the bridge specially at late evening to have awesome view of the river Danube with other bridges and the boats. Also the places at both the ends are very well decorated with lots of lights and good landscape. The bridge itself looks vintage but elegant specially with the special effects of light. Very nice place to hang around during evening.
  • Beautiful solid old structure. Charming and romantic bridge. Very safe to walk from Pest to Buda side :) one of my favorites during our August 2010 trip. It's definitely a highlight of the trip walking all the way back and forth. Beautiful sunset views.
  • This is a lovely bridge in what can be a very romantic city. We crossed this bridge a number of times in daylight and also at night. Worth a visit.