Chain Bridge

History of Széchenyi Chain Bridge

Széchenyi Chain Bridge (Széchenyi lánchíd) is one of the most beautiful bridges in Budapest. It is named after Count István Széchenyi who proposed its construction. The bridge is mostly known as Chain Bridge, because of the huge iron chains which hold it. The bridge was built in 1849 and it is the first permanent construction which connects Pest and Buda across the river Danube. During the World War II it was blown up by the Germans, only its pillars remained intact. After the war it was rebuilt in its original form and reopened in 1949.

Tips for visiting

At the end of the bridge at Buda side you can find the Zero Kilometre – an oval-shaped stone. It marks the place from where all main roads in Hungary are measured.
Don’t miss to visit the bridge at night, when it is illuminated.

Széchenyi Bridge
Széchenyi Bridge
View of Matthias Church from Széchenyi Bridge
View of Matthias Church from Széchenyi Bridge

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Zero Kilometre
Széchenyi Chain Bridge
Széchenyi Chain Bridge
The bridge at night
The bridge at night
Széchenyi Bridge
Széchenyi Bridge

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