Széchenyi Chain Bridge (Széchenyi Lánchíd)

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Budapest, Széchenyi Lánchíd

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Free

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Free, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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It's hard to miss the nearly 1,250-foot-long Széchenyi Chain Bridge. Originally built in the 1800s by English engineer William Tierney Clark, this stunning suspension bridge was mostly destroyed during World War II. Though it was badly damaged, it still features its original pillars and stone lions that flank its entrances. Since being reconstructed in the late 1940s, visitors have flocked here to walk, bike and drive across it.

Travelers rave about this impressive bridge, saying it's a superb subject for photos. For the best views, visitors suggest arriving at night when lights illuminate the bridge and surrounding attractions. Sights you can see from the Széchenyi Chain Bridge include Buda Castle and the Hungarian Parliament.

You'll find this bridge stretched across the Danube River in central Budapest. Its western end sits next to Castle Hill, while the eastern entrance is a few blocks away from St. Stephen's Basilica. If you don't plan on driving across the Széchenyi Chain Bridge, you can reach either entry point by bus or tram. The Pest side of the bridge is also within walking distance of the Vörösmarty tér metro station and a few restaurants and upscale properties, including the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace and the InterContinental Budapest. The bridge is free to visit 24 hours a day. To learn more about the Széchenyi Chain Bridge, check out Budapest Festival and Tourism Center's website.

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