Fondest memory: The oldest bridge in Budapest. It is one of the Hungarian National symbol. It was built from 1842-1849 by Ádám Clark civil engineer. At that time it was the second fixed bridge in the whole line of River Danube (first was in Wien). Today in summer time sometimes it is closed for local festivals.
Fondest memory: It is a busy square in weekday in Budapest. In summer time sometimes it has closed for local festivals. The square connect the Budai Váralagút (Buda Castle Tunnel) with Lánchíd (Chain Bridge). The denominator is Adam Clark (1811-1866) civil engineer from Scotland. He planned the Chain Bridge and Buda Castle Tunnel.
This is one of the best known churches in Budapest. you find it on the Szilágyi Dezső square right on the bank of the Danube, almost in front of the Parliament building. Impossible to miss it with it`s its caracteristic shape and rooftop. It was built in neo-gothic-secessionist style among 1892 and 1896 according to Samu Petz`s plans, thanks to the contribution of the Capitol and the protestants of Budapest.
The tower wich looks like a minareth is 65 metres tall and it never shades the church itself. The rooftop is covered by Zsolnay pyrogranit cheramics.
The Liberty bridge opened in 1896, in the year of the Hungarian Millennium. Its green metal structure makes it quite different from all the other Budapest bridges. The bridge connects Gellert ter in Buda (where you find the Hotel Gellert and the Gellert Spa) and the Fovam ter in Pest (with the Central Market Hall, a great place to shop for food, and the Budapest Corvinus University, where I got my degrees :-)).
Oh, I almost forgot: Liberty bridge is quite popular with suicidal people. About 30 people climb up to the 'turul' birds each year to commit suicide (although practically all of them change their mind on the top, and firefighters have to bring them down, closing down the bridge and stopping traffic in half of the city at the same time).
This city is fill by Danibe river that splits the city in two, but joining it at the same time. Danube as sea in some other cities gives an other dimension and become a more beautiful city and a breath in the middle of huge streets and squares..
About 6 bridges cross the Danube the most famous it is (on this pic), but there are 2 more southern that deserve the visit, Erzs?bet and Szabads?g Hid (or bridge)
Southwards from the most famous brige (Szechenyi) there is this dark green one who runs from Gellert area in Buda to central streets in Pest and further away to Rakozci and Keleti
It was my fault i didnt see Gellert but i walk at night from Deli station to this bridge, where by the way if you need to take the bus is just after crossing to Pest almost under the bridge, so i saw some former buildings beneath wester side buda castle , a different point of usual view ..always from the river and Pest side!
Budapest is famous for its Danube bridges. Buda on the western bank and Pest on the eastern bank of the river are united by these bridges.The main bridges in the city centre from north to south are:
Arpad hid and Margit hid at the Margaret Island, the famous Szechenyi Lanchid (Chain Bridge), the white Erzsebet hid (Elisabeth Bridge) and the forest-green Szabadsag hid (Freedom Bridge).
If I had to show just one thing to somebody in Budapest, I would just take them on the river and show them the bridges. Huge bridges spanning over Danube, each one with its own history and beauty, are definately a trademark of this city.
Fondest memory: Definately walking around Chain bridge and it's beautiful monumentar architecture. Standing at its middle, looking at Buda on one side and Pest on the other, it's definately the best experience in the city.
Szabadsag hid was built in 1896 to the Millennium. Its original name was Ferenc Jozsef hid. Franz Josef was the kaiser of the Monarchy that time. The Kaiser drove the last nail into the bridge.
The bridge was explosed in the WWII, but after that is was rebuilt by the original plan and named to Szabadsag hid.
The new Elizabeth Bridge on 15th March and the Gellert Hill on back. The old bridge was nicer, but unfortunately it was explosed in the WWII on 18th January 1945. The new one is only 40 years old.
To see the old Elizabeth Bridge, click here.
To see the explosed old Elizabeth Bridge, click here.
The Chain Bridge (Lanchid) on 15th March. 15th March is a National Holiday in Hungary to the memory of Revolution and Independence War of 1848-1849.
On back, You can see a part of the Buda Castle and the funicular which brings You up/down to/from the Buda Castle.
In front, there is our "national lion" and on back, our "national bird", called Turul, tries to fly away.
There are several bridges across the Danube river, Szechenyi Lanchid is the most famous among them.
The Chain Bridge is the central point of Budapest, connecting two parts of the town Buda and Pest.
The construction begun in 1839 upon Count Istvan Szechenyi's initiative and the English engineer T.W.Clark produced the designs. His namestake Adam Clark was in charge of the work, which took ten years.
"Hungary is not dead ; she will live again!"-this is how, in the first part of the nineteenth century, Count István Széchenyi, one of the greatest figures of the Reform Period, whom Lajos Kossuth called "the greatest Hungarian", encouraged the nation, groaning under foreign oppression. He himself whole-heatedly urged and sponsored the building of factories, mills, roads and bridges. It was in his initiative, and according to his ideas, that the Chain Bridge was built from 1839 to 1849 to the plans of the English engineer William Tierney Clark by Adam Clark, a Scot.
The bridge, 380 meters (420 yds.) long and 15.7 meters (17.5 yds.) wide, is supported by pillars shaped like antique triumphal arches. It was the first bridge over the Danube and it not only linked Buda with Pest but also the western with the eastern parts of the country. In January 1945 Hitler's troops blew it up, but in 1948-49 it was rebuilt in its original form.
Favorite thing: Let's walking along Buda quay. There is way for pedestrian and for bicyclist too. You can see beautiful old houses along River Danube.
Favorite thing: Budapest bridges are objects that really dominate in all town panoramas. Some of them are the "must see" places, like Chain Bridge, Margarita Bridge.