Erszébet Hid - Elizabeth Bridge, Budapest
Elizabeth Bridge (The Erzsébet híd). From Pest side,I walked across Elizabeth bridge to visit Gellert hill.At that moment (nov 2013) Elizabeth bridge was some part under restoration on the pest side.When I reached the bridge ,it looked like there’s no way to walk across the bridge because many barrier of constructions ,but I tried to walk carefully along them and some parts I had to walk on the road itself but have to wait for the car free moment.The workers saw us walking and seem and that it’s no problem to walk pass through. While enjoying the view from the bridge ,another local people walked the same way as I did.
This bridge is the third new bridge that cross the narrowest part of the Danube in Budapest.The original bridge built in eclectic style was known as the suspension bridge with largest span of the world( for 23 years).It had been destroyed during WW II .The new white cable bridge was built during 1961-1964. It’s length is 290 m.The main mast cable of the bridge are hexagonal in cross section with thousand of elementary steel wires as you can see from the picture.The bridge named after Elisabeth of Bavaria, a popular queen and empress of Austria-Hungary.
At night you’ll see the beautiful lighting for the bridge,created by Japanese lighting designer Motoko Ishii and Japan contributed 120 million forints (EUR 450,000) to the costs. The Budapest City Council has paid 150 million forints for the project for 140th anniversary of establishing diplomatic links between Japan and Hungary.
The Elizabeth bridge (Erzsébet híd) was right by my hostel. As i get up quite early I went walking around and got a real nice view of local life. People walking across the bridge to their jobs on the pest side...people running to catch the tram that goes along the Danube.
The Elisabeth Bridge was named for Elisabeth of Bavaria, wife of Franz Joseph. She was empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary. The original bridge was built between 1897 and 1903 but was blown up at the end of World War II. The present bridge was built in the 1960's. At the time of its building, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world.
On the Pest side of the bridge is May 15 Square. Nearby is the oldest church in Budapest, the Inner City Parish Church, which was built in the 13th century. On the Buda side is Gellert Hill. Almost at the foot of the bridge are the Rudas Baths. It was a quiet morning so I climbed up the hill for a while for some nice views of Budapest.
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.
Built at the beginning of the 1960s, Erzsébet híd (Elizabeth bridge) is the third newest bridge in Budapest - it is also the shortest since it was built at the narrowest part of the Danube. It was built to replace the original suspension bridge, which dated back to 1903 and was destroyed during World War II. Even though the new bridge was built in the same location, the design was greatly modified. The new bridge is a simple and modern-looking white cable bridge, perhaps the least interesting of all bridges crossing the Danube in the city center. The bridge was named in honour of Elizabeth of Austria, better known under her nickname of Sissi, who became Queen of Hungary in 1867. Hungary always held a special place in the heart of the Austrian Empress, and the people of Hungary were quick to return her affection. The original bridge was completed shortly after Sissi's death in 1898 and the mourning nation named it after her. A statue of the Hungarian Queen was added near the bridge in 1932.
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.
Erszébet Tér (Elizabeth Square) is only a short walk from St Stephen's Basilica and Vaci Utca and is home to the Danube fountain designed by Milkós Ybl in the late 19th century. The figure at the top represents the Danube and the three lower figures represent the tributaries of the Danube (Dráva, Száva, and Tisza).
Besides the fountain the square is fairly plain with simple gardens but would probably be a pleaseant enough place to stop for a rest during the warmer months.
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".
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.
The first time I saw Budapest on the Danube was driving across Elizabeth bridge, and my jaw literally dropped. It still is, for me, the best of the views from any of the bridges of Budapest and whenever I bring someone to my home from the airport, I make sure they sit on the right in the taxi so that they can get the same experience as me.
The bridge itself is very modern, the second youngest in the city. It's also big, with four lanes of traffic. But none of this stops it from being anything less than elegant. The bridge is 290 meters of slender white cable bridge, with two tall rectangular supports at both ends. It's almost as impressive as the views it gives, but not quite.
The bridge has one unusual aspect: it crosses the river straight into the solid rock of Gellert Hill; there's no tunnel. This necessitates a spaghetti of roads crushed into the space just right of Gellert Hill, spoiling the entrance to the wonderful parks of the Taban. The story goes that the original bridge was built on this spot due to some corrupt politician wanting to sell his land at the base of Gellert Hill. The new bridge was built in the exact same spot because the government at the time couldn't afford to build new foundations.
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 is the second newest bridge in Budapest. The bridge connects Buda and Pest across the River Danube. The bridge is on the narrowest section of the Danube River. The bridge was blown up by the Nazis during WWII and was rebuilt in 1964.
The Bridge is named after Queen Elisabeth a beloved queen and empress of Austria-Hungary, who was assassinated in 1898.
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…
Elisabeth bridge (Erzsebet hid in Hungarian) is one of the bridges between Buda and Pest.
The 290 meters bridge was built between 1897 to 1903 and named after queen elisabeth from bavaria that was murdered in 1898.
The bridge connects Buda with dobrentei square , where you can see Gellert's monument , and march 15 square on pest where you can see a lovely church
When this bridge was first constructed in 1903 it was the longest suspension bridge. The bridge was named after Emperor Franz Joseph’s wife, Queen Elizabeth. There is a statue of Queen Elizabeth at the foot of the bridge on the Buda side.
The bridge you see now was built in 1964 when the original one was blown up by German troops in 1945. It is a beautiful bridge which crosses the Danube and connects Buda to Pest.
The original Elisabeth-bridge, wich was until 1926 the biggest suspension bridge in the world, and for me it was the most beautiful bridge ever built.
Visit the following link, to know, how it was:
Old Elisabeth bridge
As `ve already said in the last tip, in 1893, the leaders of Budapest decided to build 2 other bridges. The first bridge, the Franz Joseph bridge, wich is the shortest bridge of the city was made in only 1 year. But the contruction of the Elisabeth bridge required more time. 43 architects presented their projects, but altough there was a winner, the inhabitants of Budapest didn`t like the plans at all. At the end, Albert Czekelius and Antal Kherndl are resulted the winners and 7 years after the beginning of the works, in 1904 the bridge was ready. In 1945, sadly it was destroyed by the germans, and it was never ever rebuilt...
Pál Sávoy made the plans of the new bridge, wich is nice, but.... The construction of the new bridge terminated in 1964.