Széchenyi Chain Bridge

sights / Architecture

Lonely Planet review

This twin-towered span is the city’s oldest and arguably most beautiful bridge. It is named in honour of its initiator, István Széchenyi, but was built by a Scotsman named Adam Clark. When it opened in 1849, Széchenyi Chain Bridge was unique for two reasons: it was the first permanent dry link between Buda and Pest; and the aristocracy, previously exempt from all taxation, had to pay the toll.