A Guide To Chain Bridge

Chain Bridge
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The Chain Bridge is one of the most well-known and iconic landmarks in Budapest, Hungary. This permanent stone-bridge connects the Danube River from Széchenyi Square on the Pest side to the Clark Ádám Square on the Buda side. Construction of the bridge was completed and opened to the public in 1849. At that time, this 375-meter-long bridge was considered one of the most celebrated engineering wonders and it also brought major improvements to Budapest’s economic, social and cultural life. Aside from the scenic views that you can see from various parts of the bridge, there are also other things that you can do within the area to experience the beauty of Budapest. Read this guide to Chain Bridge, to find out more.

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Video of Széchenyi Chain Bridge shared by Budapest tour guide, Tiberiu. 

What to eat

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Ildikó Konyhája

Since you are in Hungary, you should have your meals like the Hungarians - full and hearty. Ildikó Konyhája is a popular, quant little restaurant near the Chain Bridge and they serve some of the best Hungarian cuisines you could ever find. Imagine lots of starch and meat, cooked to perfection. You’ll definitely enjoy the food there. You should also fully relax and immerse yourself in the classic vintage interiors of the restaurant, just like the good old times.

Hunyadi Lakásbisztró és Kézműves Söröző

If you are keen on having a beer or two along with the Hungarian classics, Hunyadi Lakásbisztró és Kézműves Söröző is a great bistro for you. Aside from traditional Hungarian food like burgers, grilled meat and sausages, they also have a beer menu that has more than 40 craft beers for you to choose from.

Déryné Bisztró

Looking for some light bites and coffee while taking a rest from all the walking? Then you should definitely visit Déryné Bisztró. This cafe has a long history for it has been around since 1914. Besides the usual main dishes, they also have a bakery in the cafe that offers fresh bread baked using traditional recipes and are definitely some of the best breads you can find in Budapest.

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Travelers tips

Chain Bridge
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General safety

Budapest is generally a safe city and there are not a lot of violent crimes against tourists but you should still take certain safety precautions. However, you should be careful if you are traveling by taxis because the unlicensed taxi drivers might overcharge and encourage you to visit some specific restaurants because they receive money for that.


The touristy areas in Budapest are usually more crowded in the summer, especially during the period when the Chain Bridge Festival is taking place. There are a lot of famous restaurants surrounding the chain bridge. If you have a dining option in mind, it would be better to make a reservation in advance because the more well-known restaurants are always crowded and full.

Photography tips

You can see the beauty of the Budapest city from both side of the bridge that offers different views of the city. If you want to take a great picture, a tripod is recommended. A good time to take gorgeous pictures of the Chain Bridge is actually at night, after the bridge is charmingly lighted up.

At the banks of the Danube River on the Pest side, you will be able to get a great picture of the bridge if you raise your camera to the right altitude. It is all a trial and test, but with enough practice, you’ll definitely be able to get a great picture!

The Buda side is where a lot of professional photographers gather as this is where you will get to see a full view of the Castle Hill and Parliament building. With some good camera lenses, you can get beautiful shots of the Chain Bridge at night when it is lighted up.

However, if what you want are pictures of the full stunning bridge, head over to the lower footbridge at the Funicular down Castle Hill. It is a great spot where you’ll be able to see the whole Chain Bridge through your lenses.

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How to get there

Budapest Tram
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The transportation system in Budapest is quite convenient and there are various ways to get to the Chain Bridge. The fastest way to get there is via taxi. However, you can also reach the bridge by taking the bus, metro or tram.


Bus lines 106, 15 and 5 will reach the stops near the Chain Bridge.


Take Metro lines M2 and M3, alight at the Deák Ferenc tér. The metro in Budapest runs from as early as 4:30 am until 11 pm. It is great to get a travel card from the airport of the metro stations especially if you are traveling a lot via their public transportation because it will be cheaper as compared to buying single tickets.


There are various stations that are within a 10-minute walking distance of the Chain Bridge - Clark Ádám Tér, Széchenyi István Tér, Eötvös Tér, Halász Utca and Vigadó Tér.

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Chain Bridge information

Chain Bridge in Budapest, Hungary
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Address: Between Clark Adam tér, Buda & Széchenyi István tér, Pest, Budapest City Center

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

Cost: Free

Official website: Chain Bridge

Department of tourism: Budapest Info

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