Széchenyi Chain Bridge | Budapest, Hungary

Széchenyi Chain Bridge in Budapest, Hungary at Night with fog over the Danube River
The Széchenyi Chain Bridge, an emblem of Budapest's resilience, emerging from the November fog

Capturing the iconic Széchenyi Chain Bridge in Budapest during a gloomy November visit proved to be an intriguing experience. The days, short and dominated by a palette of grays, were accompanied by persistent rain and a shroud of fog, muffling the usual vibrancy of the city. Yet, this misty blanket brought with it a sort of eerie beauty, transforming the bustling city into an ethereal ghost town, reminiscent of a bygone era.

Unraveling Budapest’s History through the Széchenyi Chain Bridge

The Chain Bridge holds a unique place in Budapest’s history and architecture. Count István Széchenyi, a notable Hungarian statesman, advocated for its construction from 1839 to 1849. The bridge was the sole physical link between the twin cities of Buda and Pest, separated by the coursing Danube River.

Becoming one of the city’s busiest routes, the bridge was modified and expanded over time to accommodate the increasing traffic. Yet, it bore witness to the city’s darkest times when it was destroyed by the German Army during the closing days of World War II.

Despite this devastating loss, Budapest’s spirit of resilience shone through. The Széchenyi Chain Bridge was reconstructed faithfully, reopening on the 100th anniversary of its initial inauguration. Today, it stands not only as a testament to Budapest’s history but also as a symbol of the city’s tenacity and unyielding spirit. It’s impossible to imagine the Budapest skyline without it.

As I photographed the Bridge that November day, its iconic silhouette emerging through the fog, I felt as if I were capturing not just an image but a slice of Budapest’s soul – a city beautiful in all weathers, steadfast in all times.

Nico Trinkhaus

Nico Trinkhaus

Nico Trinkhaus is the mind-blind photographer, using cameras to create visions and memories that otherwise would be lost to him.

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2 Responses

  1. Hi i am writing a feature film where the Chain Bridge is very important.
    I would love to use your beautiful picture of the Chain Bridge in the Fog.
    Is it possible to ask for rights to use it from you?

    1. Good afternoon.

      Thank you for taking interesse in one of Nico’s.
      Could you please be specifics on how exactly you would use the photo and what budget should we take into consideration.

      Best regards,


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