Szechenyi Chain Bridge, Budapest

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While it offers excellent views of the city, Szechenyi Chain Bridge 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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Szechenyi Chain Bridge and many more Budapest attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Budapest online trip builder .
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  • Along with the Parliament building this probably is the most iconic structure in Budapest. We crossed the bridge from Pest, to go up castle hill in Buda and even on a cold snowy day enjoyed the views ...  more »
  • One of the symbols of Budapest. Special lighting, in front of the Palace of Grashem, Széchenyi square, behind the Clark Adam Square, the Tunnel, the Funicular, the Castle. It is within walking distance anymore nice experience, photos, szelfiket do, you may want to share.
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  • Walking over this bridge is certainly worth a walk over. Nice view to the castle. I recommend doing it at night with all the illumination. Budapest ist a nice city especially at night.  more »
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  • Such a beautiful bridge. Although Budapest is full of them. But obviously this one is more iconic. Have a stop halfway and watch the boats sail through the Danube River. Great photo opportunity here. Can be quite a nice romantic walk with the right person 😉. But being a solo traveler, obviously it's just me and my backpack!
  • Visited 2017 December - one of the few cooler days last winter. View is amazing from either side of the bridge. Pleasent walk. A must visit when in Budapest. However the authorities can make more efforts to keep it clean and maintain. Noticed a guy etching name and a heart symbol using a pen and coin - policing is needed to keep sanity and not allow destroy historic structures.
  • Very nice bridge designed by the English engineer William Clark and built by the Scottish engineer Adam Clark(not related). The only reason it's not got 5 stars is due to the graffiti and general lack of maintenance. It also has become popular for attaching padlocks to it however there is not many places to do this so it would be good if the local council provided a permanent structure to allow this to be done in a better way. Overall, definitely worth a walk over!
  • One of the most famous bridges at the city of Budapest. Beautiful bridge with pretty nice and interesting architecture. The view of the Danube river is impressive, very nice spot for memorial photos. It has also beautiful lighting at the night hours.
  • We were lucky enough to cross the bridge right at the moment it started to light up! Amazing construction, really beautiful points of views on the banks and their illuminated building ! From Pest to Buda the bridge leads you to a nice funicular to go up the hills and walk to the Fisherman's bastion. The view up there is also great ! In a nutshell a very very nice place to admire sunset on Budapest and the buildings lighting up one by one !

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