There is often some confusion with newcomers to Budapest which bridge is which so in the latest of our series of articles on the bridges of Budapest, below, you will find an introduction and some photos to Freedom Bridge / Liberty Bridge (or Szabadság Híd).
The History of Freedom Bridge / Liberty Bridge (Szabadság Híd)
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 is 333.6m long and 20.1m wide and is decorated with four bronze statues of Turul (or madár) – a native Hungarian bird-of-prey and one of Hungary’s national emblems.
The bridge was designed by Feketeházy János who also designed the first railway bridge over the Danube (in Budapest), the roof of the Budapest Keleti Railway Station (Budapest Keleti Pályaudvar) and the roof of the Hungarian State Opera House.
Photos of Freedom Bridge / Liberty Bridge (Szabadság Híd)
A Map Showing Freedom Bridge / Liberty Bridge (Szabadság Híd)
Below you will find a map showing the location of Freedom Bridge / Liberty Bridge (Szabadság Híd) in Budapest: