Chain Bridge Budapest

Chain Bridge Budapest(Lánc Híd) is the oldest and most beautiful bridge of the eight that connect Buda and Pest. At night, and together with the Buda Castle, it offers a stunning view when fully lit up. This is a wonderful fairytale scene – truly not to be missed.

Lanc Híd was built between 1839-1849 at the initiative of Count István Szechényi, who campaigned for a permanent structure over the Danube after not being able to cross the river by ferry due to the bad winter weather, thus almost missing his father’s funeral.

It was designed by Englishman William Tierney Clark (who also built the tunnel under the Buda Castle that connects Clark Ádam tér to Krisztinaváros) and built by the unrelated Scottish engineer, Adam Clark.

It was also destroyed by the Nazis, but fully rebuilt in its original form and reopened in 1949 for the centenary of its inauguration.

In summertime, every weekend of July and August, the bridge is converted into a walking bridge, where part of the Budapest Summer festival activities take place. You can find arts and crafts stands, music performances and traditional Hungarian food and wine.

At the beginning of the bridge is the Clark Ádám tér (Adam Clark Square), where you can go up to Buda Castle Hill on the funicular railway (Budavári Sikló). In the centre of the square, there is the Kilometre 0 Stone monument, from which distance markers are measured along Hungary’s main roads.

Walking along the beautiful Chain Bridge of Budapest can be an unforgettable experience. On clear days, there are splendid views of the Buda Castle and its surroundings.

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