BUDAPEST IS HISTORIC Tour
The first permanent bridge over the danube is the Chain Bridge. Before the bridge from 1767 we had a boat bridge similar to London’s back in the day, the downside was that this method was simply unmanageable during the icy winters. The whole idea of permanent solution was conceived by Grof Szechenyi Istvan, when he couldn’t cross the river and sadly missed his mother’s funeral. The construction stared in 1839 with Adam Clark as the leader in the project. The foundation stone was laid in 1842. The bridge was open to traffic in 1849, with the unexpected 4 year delay, sadly Szechenyi was not at the opening ceremony. it’s time this was the biggest chain suspension bridge ever built.
This bridge bears as a huge symbol for Hungarians, and the Szechenyi lanchid is one of the most recognisable points of the city being in the centre of attention and panorama. This is a point in the city which never gets boring the lay eyes upon. Finding a post card without this sight would be a hard task indeed. The majority of the commuters cross this wonder on foot and by car and public transportation in some cases. However during every summer there is a weekend which is reserved only for pedestrian crossing, but there are brave enough people who instead of walking simply fly under the construction. Sounds exciting right? Well, ever since 2004 Budapest holds the Red Bull Air race annually where pilots have to navigate pillars on the river and fly under said bridges. We can cross the bridge underneath as well, don’t worry, but we will stick to the “marine” solution instead.
In short from any point of view the Chain Bridge makes me realise how beautiful Budapest is every time, personally I can’t get tired of it. I can’t wait to cycle across to Pest and after work go back to Buda on the calming well lit road. There are so many ways the check it out; river cruise, helicopter ride, walking and the list goes one. It is a marvel from every angle. :)