Budapest Chain Bridge Panorama

Chain Bridge connects the magnificent riverscapes of Buda and Pest.


Location: Budapest, Hungary
River: Danube
Built: 1849
Length: 375 metres
Main Span: 202 metres
Style: Suspension Bridge

Built immediately after the Hungarian Revolution, Budapest’s elegant Széchenyi (Chain) Bridge arches gracefully connecting the left bank of Buda with its spectacular castle (Várhegy) and stunning hillsides to Pest and its gracious Parliament House, commercial buildings and churches. Only the second permanent bridge to span the Danube, the two cities were not to formally merge for another 30 years as Budapest.

Budapest Chain Bridge

Carved lions guard Chain Bridge at both ends.

Remarkably, the bridge was constructed like an advanced Lego exercise. Built in England in pieces, the various parts were shipped to Budapest and assembled. Sadly destroyed by a retreating German army in World War 2 (though the pillars survived), the bridge was rapidly rebuilt to reconnect Buda and Pest.

Guarded by peaceful resting carved lions in stone, the suspension bridge is a popular subject for photographers, the bridge symbolically linking the two parts of Budapest.
This is the fourth in the monthly iconic bridge series following the Roman Ponte Pietra in Verona, medieval Stone Bridge in Regensberg, Germany and Ponte Vecchio in Florence.



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My name is Mark and I’m a keen traveller. In fact, over the last 25 years, I’ve travelled to every continent and over 80 countries. This blog is about the most memorable destinations – the places I regard as the travel wonders of the world. I’m also a keen photographer, and have taken nearly all the photos you’ll see. During my travels, I’ve met some incredible people, seen inspiring places, viewed extraordinary wildlife and scenery and had some amazing experiences, and I’m writing these stories not only to entertain but primarily to inspire others to discover their own travel wonders.
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