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Chain Bridge, Budapest

Chain Bridge (Lánc Híd) crossing the Danube River is the oldest and most beautiful bridge that connects Buda and Pest. It is a suspension bridge and was opened in 1849.

At night, together with the Buda Castle and the Fisherman’s Bastion, the Chain Bridge offers a stunning view when it is fully lit up if you’re at the Pest side. On the other hand, if you’re at the Buda side, you could see that the bridge blends in perfectly with the Hungarian Parliament building. Their glittering night illumination with other city lights are being reflected astoundingly on the dark and glowing surfaces of the Danube River. This is a wonderful fairytale scene!

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The suspension bridge uses the basic theory of structural engineering, where tension forces in the cables and compression forces in the pillars counteract on each other. The cables suspended via towers hold up the road deck. The weight is transferred by the cables to the towers, which then transfers the weight to the ground.

The iron chains are held by two 48 meters river piers in classicist style on its both sides. From here, it gives the name “Chain Bridge”. The chain-links are made of iron plates with a length of several meters, its parts are connected by large rivets making the “chain” a real chain. The whole length of the bridge amounts to 380 meters.

On clear days, walking along the beautiful Chain Bridge of Budapest can be an unforgettable experience.

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The stone lions situated at both abutments have been carved by sculptor János Marschalkó.

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