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Chain Bridge

Chain Bridge © Arian Zwegers
Chain Bridge © Arian Zwegers

The Chain Bridge was the first stone construction built over the Danube and is the most famous in the city, still featuring its iconic lion statues. Today, nine bridges link Buda to Pest but the Chain Bridge takes pride of place as the city's primary landmark, a magnificent sight when floodlit at night. It owes its existence to Count István Széchenyi who decided to build a permanent crossing after having to wait a week to cross the river to bury his father. The Chain Bridge was built by William and Adam Clark, who also constructed London Bridge. It was considered an amazing feat of engineering when it was opened in 1849. The famous stone lions which guard the bridge were added to the bridge in 1852, miraculously surviving World War II even though the bridge itself was blown up in January 1945 and only resurrected in November 1949.

Address: Roosevelt Square or Adam Clark Square

Website: www.bridgesofbudapest.com/bridge/chain_bridge