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Chain Bridge (Széchenyi Lanchid)

Budapest’s Chain Bridge was the city’s first – and is still its most famous – crossing of the Danube, connecting Baroque Buda on the western river bank with the wide boulevards of Pest on the east. Opened in 1849, the bridge is 375 meters long and 16 meters wide; it is made of made of stone slabs and suspended in place by two massive linked iron chains. Originally a toll bridge, it was designed by English engineer Alan Clark, who also had a hand in Hammersmith Bridge across the River Thames in London. The stone lions guarding both ends of the Chain Bridge were carved by János Marschalkó and added in 1852.

From the Buda side of the Chain Bridge a road tunnel leads northwards underneath Castle Hill; as the bridge united the east and west sides of the city it was indirectly responsible for Budapest’s rapid flowering as a major metropolis in the late 19th century. Continuing to play a large part in the city’s history, the bridge was blown up by the Nazis in World War II to halt the progress of Russian troops across the Danube. It was one of the first structures in Budapest to be rebuilt after the war and today it remains a potent symbol of the city and Hungary’s independence; the bridge was the scene of fierce demonstrations during the 1989 protests against Communist occupation. Walking across it at night gives views of Buda Castle and Parliament House gloriously floodlit across the river.

Practical Info

Open 24/7, the Chain Bridge is open to both cars and pedestrians. 

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Budapest Danube River Dinner Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 143 Reviews

Enjoy a relaxing night out in Budapest with this scenic Danube River cruise. Sip drinks including wine and Champagne and choose an optional Hungarian buffet ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $20.05

Big Bus Budapest Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 23 Reviews

Discover the sights of Budapest aboard an open-top, double-decker Big Bus as you admire 360-degree views of top attractions and listen to intriguing audio ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: Varies

From USD $31.33

6-Night Independent Rail Experience: Prague, Vienna and Budapest with City Sightseeing Tours

Visit three of Europe’s must-see capitals on this 6-night independent rail experience from Prague to Vienna and Budapest. Starting with two nights in Prague, ...  Read more

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 6 nights

From USD $788.19

Budapest Folklore Show and Danube Dinner Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 22 Reviews

Your best evening in Budapest will be spent on this combination folklore show and Danube dinner cruise tour! First experience an authentic piece of Hungarian ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $63.28

Danube River Lunch Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 26 Reviews

Take in spectacular views of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Budapest panorama on a scenic Danube River daytime cruise. Enjoy drinks, including Champagne and ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $17.45

Budapest City Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 282 Reviews

Get your bearings and see the sights on a 3-hour small-group walking tour of Budapest. Escorted by an expert English-speaking guide, you'll see all the ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $30.07

Budapest Late Night Dinner Cruise on the Danube

4 star rating: Recommended 37 Reviews

Whether you fancy a late dinner or a wonderful spot for after-dinner drinks, take this Danube River cruise for a relaxing night out in Budapest. Sip wine and ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $17.54

Budapest Segway Sightseeing Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 61 Reviews

Before the tour starts, you'll have an orientation session. You will have time practice on the Segways so that everyone feels comfortable and ready to go out ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: Varies

From USD $73.30

Private Walking Tour: Budapest City Highlights

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Experience Budapest from a local’s perspective on this private walking tour of the city’s main sights and off-the-beaten-path locales. With your expert local ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $72.26

Budapest St Stephen's Basilica Organ Concert with Optional Danube River Dinner Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Attend an organ concert at St Stephen’s Basilica, famous throughout Hungary for its remarkable musical performances. Inside the beautiful Neoclassical church ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 1-2.5 hours

From USD $28.19

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