The Chain Bridge is one of the most famous bridges that spans the Danube River. It was completed in 1849. In 1873, the bridge made it easier to unite three smaller cities into one large city which today is known as Budapest. Do you know what those three small cities were?
The three smaller cities that eventually became the city of Budapest were Buda, Pest and Óbuda. Buda and Óbuda are on the west side of the Danube River and Pest is on the east side.
The bridge is 375 meters long and weighs nearly 5,200 tons! The official name of bridge is the “Széchenyi Lánchíd” after Count István Széchenyi, the man who financed its construction. However, most people refer to it simply as the “Lánchíd” (“Chain Bridge”) because of the many chains used to suspend the roadway.
There is an old rumor that the lions on the Chain Bridge do not have tongues because the sculptor, János Marschalkó forgot to add them. The artist simply replied that the tongues are invisible to pedestrians walking under them. But despite this fact, many remember the artist for the missing tongues.
The Chain Bridge was destroyed by the retreating German Nazi army in 1945 during the Siege of Budapest. But the Hungarians quickly rebuilt it, and it was ready for use again in 1949. Everyone who comes to Budapest loves to walk across the bridge…including me! I would highly recommend it – especially at night when it is all lit up!
Your bridge-enamored friend,