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Chain Bridge at Night - Budapest, Hungary

The Szechenyi Chain Bridge lit up at night
Funicular at the foot of Adam Clark Square
Adam Clark Tunnel
Buda Castle lit up at night, view from Chain bridge
Gresham Palace at night

The most famous bridge in budapest is the Széchenyi Chain Bridge (Lánchíd). The Chain Bridge spans the Danube between Clark Ádám tér in Buda and Roosevelt tér in Pest, and was the first to permanently connect Buda and Pest. At the time of its construction, the bridge was considered to be one of the wonders of the world. The road is hanging on iron chains – hence its name. Prior to the Chain Bridge’s construction, there was a pontoon bridge across the river which enabled passage from spring to autumn. During winter, the river would freeze and only then was crossing possible. This was not a reliable link from Buda to Pest, as abrupt changes in the weather meant that sometimes people would get stuck on either side after crossing. In 1820, Count István Széchenyi was forced to wait a week to get to his father’s funeral for this reason. The experience led him to decide that a permanent bridge had to be built, and he became a major advocate of the project, eventually founding a society to finance and build the bridge. 
 The picturesque historic stone bridge straddles the Danube between Széchenyi Square on the Pest side and Clark Ádám Square in Buda. You can walk across it from Buda to Pest and back – an excellent way to absorb the World Heritage-protected sights and panorama and to take wonderful photos. It offers one of the city’s most stunning views of the Buda Castle and Gresham Palace.

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