Szechenyi Chain Bridge (Széchenyi Lánchíd) in Budapest

Budapest’s bridges are instantly recognisable to many people around the world as belonging to the city but people are not always familiar with their names or even which bridge is which. In the second of our series on the bridges of Budapest below you will find an introduction and some photos to the Szechenyi Chain Bridge (or Széchenyi Lánchíd).

The Szechenyi Chain Bridge that can be seen today was the first permanent connection between Buda and Pest perhaps making it the most important bridge in Hungary’s history.

Szechenyi Chain Bridge (or Széchenyi Lánchíd)

Szechenyi Chain Bridge (or Széchenyi Lánchíd)

Like many of the most important constructions in modern Budapest the bridge is built in a neo-classical style with large stone lions marking each entry to the bridge.

Standing to the south-west of Budapest Castle the bridge is often adorned with flags representing Hungary and the country of visiting dignitaries.

The History of the Chain Bridge

Completed in 1849 and named after István Széchenyi who began campaigning for a permanent bridge to replace the existing temporary structure having nearly missed his father’s funeral in 1820, nearly thirty years earlier.

The bridge was designed by a Scottish engineer, Adam Clark (or as Hungarians named him, Clark Ádám), who also designed the tunnel connect the western part of Buda to the other side of the mountain nearest the Danube, connecting the city in the process. A great engineering feet at the time. Clark Ádám tér near to the Pest side of the Chain Bridge is dedicated to his memory.

Unfortunately for István Széchenyi he never got to use the bridge as he was incarcerated with mental health problems before it had been completed.

The bridge that preceded the Szechenyi Chain Bridge at the same location was built by William Clark. A famous English bridge builder responsible for a number of bridges in London including an early incarnation of Hammersmith Bridge.

Quick Facts About the Chain Bridge

  • The Szechenyi Chain Bridge (or Széchenyi Lánchíd) was…
    • …completed in 1849
    • …the first permanent connection between Buda and Pest
    • …named after István Széchenyi
    • …designed by a Scottish engineer named Adam Clark (or as Hungarians named him, Clark Ádám)

Photos of the Chain Bridge

Below you will find some photos showing Chain Bridge taken on a hot summer’s day in Budapest.

Video of the Chain Bridge

We will soon be adding some videos showing Chain Bridge to forBudapest.

See our Budapest Guide for information about the other bridges in Budapest including Elizabeth Bridge and the Freedom Bridge.


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