Elizabeth Bridge - Erszébet Hid, Budapest
Erzsébet tér or Elizabeth Square is not exactly what you would call a central attraction in Budapest. Nevertheless, it is somewhat central, owing to the fact that it has one of the entrance/exits to Deák Ferenc tér subway station, which is the only place at which all three subway lines intersect. This is in fact a very pretty park, and if you intend to have a cheap breakfast (just something you pick up in the subway), Erzsébet tér is a good place to eat, as it is quite quiet and pretty, despite the people sleeping on the benches.
The Elizabeth Bridge Budapest's most famous bridge over the Danube, which is the fifth district connected to the first circumference. It was built between 1898 and 1903. In the meantime, victims of attacks in Geneva was named after Queen Elizabeth.
Erzsébet híd is the second newest bridge and one of the most elegant ones of Budapest. It is situated at the narrowest part of the Danube, the bridge spanning only 290 m. It is named after Queen Elisabeth, a popular queen and empress of Austria-Hungary, who was tragically assassinated. Today, her large bronze statue sits by the bridge's Buda side connection in the middle of a small garden.
This bridge was opened in 1964, replacing an older bridge of the same name which was badly damaged. It was the only of the original Danube bridges which was not rebuilt in its original style to fit the needs of 20th century traffic. Compared to the neighbouring bridges, this one is really boring…
One of many built across the Danube, this bridge links the Gellert Hill area in Buda with Pest. It's quite noticeably different from most of the others in style due to its nearly-complete reconstruction after WWII (opened in 1964).
My photo shows only one section of the bridge - you can see some people out for a stroll on a nice June (2002) afternoon.
The Elizabeth Bridge is the most elegant bridge of Budapest, attracting the well-deserved attention of tourists due to its charming shape and snow-white color. The Március 15-e Square hosting the most ancient church of Budapest and the famous restaurant "Mátyás Pince" are situated at its Pest end. From here, the M3 station "Ferenciek tere" is no more than a five minutes' walk.
The Buda end of the bridge runs straight into the foot of Gellért Hill with the statue of St. Gellért who was thrown to his death from the hill by rebellious heathens in 1046. At the northern side, there is a nicely arranged park with a bronze statue of the eponym Queen Elizabeth. The baths Rác and Rudas are also to be found in this neighborhood.
A monument of Queen Elizabeth, wife of Emperor Franz Josef and ruler of Hungary, was built in 1932 and placed in its present location in 1986. Queen Elizabeth, known also by her nickname of Sisi, was very popular with the Hungarian people and was considered a great friend of Budapest. The statue is located near the foot of the Erzsebet Bridge in Buda.
This bridge has a very long history which takes us back to 1897-1903 when it was first built just near Budapests inner city. It was the longest chain-bridge in the world until 1926 and in the WWII it was badly damaged by the Germans. After the war it was rebuilt according to desings of Pal Savoly and completed in 1963.
This is one of the cities newset bridges and it attracts many tourists, its situated in the middle of Pest and at the other side of the bridge you can step up to the statue at Gellert hill.
Elizabeth's Bridge (Erzsébet híd) will lead you from Pest to Gellert Hill. It is a modern suspension bridge, always full of traffic, but with a convenient sidewalk for pedestrians.
It connects Pest and Buda at the narrowest point of the Danube in the Budapest area.
The view of Erzsébet híd from Gellert Hill is impressive. There is a great view from the bridge towards the Castle Hill of Buda (see photo).
The bridge bears the name of Empress Erzsébet, wife of Franz Josef, empress of Austria and queen of Hungary, who is loved and even adored by the Hungarian people.
At the base of the bridge, on the Buda side, there is a small park with a bronze statue of the beloved Erzsébet, with the inscription: "Erzsébet Kiralyne, 1837-1898".
Buda and Pest are connected with bridges over Dabube. The first one we crossed was Elisabeth Bridge (Erzsébet híd ) which is located at the narrowest part of the river (290m). We took several pictures of it as we walked on the bridge during the day walking from Pest side (opposite Inner City Parish church) to Buda side (on foot of Gellert Hill) where you can see a statue of Queen of Hungary(and empress of Austria) Elizabeth (the popular Sissy that was killed in 1898 in Geneva by an anarchist and the new at that time bridge took her name). We also walked on the bridge during the night when you can see the special lighting on it) but also saw it from above when we went up to Gillert Hill (pic 5).
The original (iron suspension) bridge was built between 1897 and 1903 through economic scandal with a local that sold the piece of land he owned. It was an elegant bridge made by Virgil Nagy(the same one that made Freedom Bridge).
In WWII most of the bridges were bombed so the white cable bridge we see today was built again in 1964 on the same spot but this was the only one that wasn’t rebuilt in its original form.
On Buda side a complicated set of roads that are connected with the bridge, unfortunately they still cause lots of bike accidents (the speed limit is 40km/h but I guess many just don’t respect that). Until 1973 a tram was passing on the bridge but caused damage on the structure and was removed.
Elisabeth Bridge with extra features for the first day in the EU. One of them was the waterfall on its sides. Not funny for those who were visiting the city from the boat I guess.
The second bridge (and central one) is the newest of the bridges and used to be one the worlds longest supension bridges. Don't try to compare it with the Golden Gate bridge though.