Some of the most iconic structures in Budapest are the four main Budapest bridges providing safe passage across the river Danube as it snakes its way through the capital city of Hungary.
Not only are the Budapest bridges iconic their creation were also pivotal in the unification of the two parts of modern Budapest, Buda and Pest, which were only linked permanently in 1849 with the construction of the Szechenyi Chain Bridge (Széchenyi Lánchíd) eventually resulting in the creation of Budapest as it is known today.
Introducing the Budapest Bridges
Below you will find some information about three of the most important Budapest bridges. We will soon be adding information about more of the bridges in Budapest including more photos and even some videos.
Completed in completed in 1849 the Szechenyi Chain Bridge (or Széchenyi Lánchíd) was the first permanent connection between Buda and Pest.
Named after István Széchenyi who campaigned for its creation for nearly thirty years after nearly missing his father’s funeral it was designed by a Scottish engineer named Adam Clark (or as Hungarians named him, Clark Ádám).
Freedom Bridge or Liberty Bridge (Szabadság Híd) was built between 1894 and 1896.
Previously known as Ferenc József híd in honour of Ferenc József who was emperor of Austria and king of Hungary at the time the bridge was built. In fact Ferenc József inserted the final rivet in to the bridge when he officially opened it.
The bridge that can be seen today was completed between 1961 and 1964 and took the place of it’s predecessor, completed in 1903 and also a suspension bridge that was destroyed by the retreating Nazi Army at the end of World War II.
It took three years to construct and its design by Pál Sávoly, using huge diagonal cables to support the weight of the bridge, was a first for central Europe at the time.
Budapest Bridges Map
The following map of Budapest shows the location of the main bridges, which are listed above.
|Elizabeth Bridge (Erzsébet Híd)|
Elizabeth Bridge (Erzsébet Híd)
Budapest, Erzsébet híd, Hungary
|Freedom Bridge / Liberty Bridge (Szabadság Híd)|
Freedom Bridge / Liberty Bridge (Szabadság Híd)
Budapest, Szabadság híd, Hungary
|Szechenyi Chain Bridge (Széchenyi Lánchíd)|
Szechenyi Chain Bridge (Széchenyi Lánchíd)
Széchenyi Lánchíd, Budapest, Hungary
Photos of Budapest Bridges
Below you will find a selection of photos of the Budapest bridges listed above.
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