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Szabadsag Hid - Liberty Bridge Tips (21)

The freedom bridge.

I don't know if that is a good title for the bridge.
It is an impressive , gigantic green iron steel
construction. A foreign architect team has
designed it under guidance of 'Virgil Nagy'.

It was the emperor of Austria , 'Franz Joseph' himself
who added the last nail in 1896.
Not with a hammer , but with a machine.
One push on the button.
At that time he was king from Hungary as well.
The bridge had his name untill 1918 when
the country became a republic.

And the nail? That got stolen by fans of Franz.
The bridge is 331 meters long.
You can see 4 birds on it , those are the
symbol for the Arpads. At the pest side there
are still 2 little toll houses.

Anyway , do you need to know all this to
enjoy this amazing monument?

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Oct 15, 2004

Independence Bridge

The Independence Bridge was built between 1894 - 1896 for the millennium celebrations. It was then called Franz Joseph Bridge and it was the king himself who hammered the last silver nail into the bridge at the inauguration.
The bridge is 334 metres long and 20 metres wide.
As the Nazis left Budapest in 1945 the bridge was destroyed, but in 1946 it was rebuilt again in the same style.
The Independence Bridge crosses Danube between Gellert Hill and F?vam ter (where the Great Market Hall is).

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Mar 24, 2006

Szabadsag hid (Liberty Bridge)

This bridge was built in 1899 and it crosses the Danube at the foot of Gellert Hill on the Buda side and at the foot of Central Market on the Pest side. After the destruction of all the bridges in Budapest, this was the first bridge to be reconstructed since it suffered the least amount of damage. The original motifs were retained during its reconstruction. It’s a nice little walk across the Danube and a great way to get from Central Market to Gellert Hill. I decided to cross this bridge on the morning I paid a visit to the Buda side of the city since it was in close proximity to my hotel.

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Feb 25, 2008

Danube: Liberty Bridge

Spanning the Danube from the base of Gellert Hill to the teeming hordes on Vaci Utca, the grand, green, cast iron Liberty bridge makes a busy, beautiful and important connection. It's a little unusual in that it's a faux-chain bridge, intended to keep the style of the Szechenyi bridge further down river, but without the same technology.

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Aug 12, 2009
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Liberty Bridge (Szabadság híd) & baths . . .

The Liberty Bridge opened in 1896 and was originally called the Franz Joseph Bridge after the Habsburg Emperor. Along the top of the bridge's pillars you'll notice iron Turul birds, a symbol in Magyar history.

At the far end of the bridge (Buda side) in this picture, you can see the Gellért Hotel, an Art Nouveau palace which is as famous for its Turkish style thermal baths that are open to the public.

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Dec 11, 2003

Crossing the Danube to Gellert Hill

There are several bridges connecting Pest to Buda, and the Liberty Bridge (Szabadság híd) is the one located at the southern end of city center, leading to Gellert Hill. The 333.6 m long bridge was built between 1894 and 1896. Its middle part was destroyed during World War II but it was rebuilt in 1945, and further restoration work was conducted to eliminate all war-related damage between 2007 and 2009. The bridge's main ornaments, four falcon-like bronze statues sitting on top of the bridge's four central masts (these are actually turuls, a mythological bird that represents power, strength and nobility in Hungary), were also restored. The bridge was originally named after the Emperor Franz Joseph, but it was renamed Liberty Bridge when the country was liberated from the Nazi occupation by the Soviet army at the end of World War II in 1945. The same year, the Liberation Monument was erected at the top of Gellert Hill. This imposing statue takes on the form of a woman holding a palm leaf above her head and can best be admired while crossing the bridge.

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Nov 06, 2012

The Liberty (or Franz Joseph) bridge I.

At the end of the XIX. century it became obvious, that Budapest had cecome simply too big for only 2 bridges. In fact, that time only 2 bridges connected Buda with Pest: the Chain bridge (1849) and the Margareth-bridge (1876). In 1893 the City called for a tender to constructi 2 new bridges. This was the bridge that was finished first.
It was the second project of the architect,János Feketeházy wich convinced the Jury among the other, more than 70(well, I think that they made the right decision), and It was Franz Joseph, the emperor, personally to drive the last nail in, when in 1894, the construction came to an end. The Bridge, until 1945 wore his name.
Like every bridge in Budapest, also this one was blew up in the second World war by the retiring german troops. Fortunatley it was completely rebuilt after the war, already in 1946, only the name was changed to Liberty bridge.

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Oct 10, 2007

5 more pictures of the Liberty bridge

I like this bridge so much that I put in 5 ulterior photos:)

The bridge is very popular among the aspirant suicides, because the can pretty easily climb it (just see the picture number 5), so the police closes it several times in every year. Fortunately mostly they manage to convince them not to jump.

Attention: from march-april 2007 the bridge has been closed due to complete renovation, for at least 1 year. It will recieve a beautiful night illumination, and the old chandeliers, wich after the reconstruction in 1946 were reomved will be once again reconstructed.
The refurbishment will last until october 2008 and than you can see an even more beautiful bridge than what you see on the photos of my 2 tips.

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Oct 10, 2007

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Liberty Bridge (Szabadság híd)

This bridge was the third to be built in Budapest and was originally called Franz Joseph Bridge after the Habsburg Emperor. Opened in 1896 as part of the Millennium celebrations, the design is elegant but simple. The Turul birds (a mystical symbol in Magyar history) perched on the bridge pillars and elegant ironwork enhance its beauty.

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Mar 21, 2003

Independance Bridge

There are a number of interesting bridges connecting the two cities and the Independance Bridge is one of the better ones. Made from steel pylons it is interesting from an engineering perspective as much as from a visual one.

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Dec 21, 2005

Liberty Bridge

Liberty Bridge is the third and shortest bridge of Budapest. It was built for the Millennium World Exhibition in 1896, its original name being Francis Joseph Bridge.
As Liberty Bridge is the shortest bridge in Budapest, you can easily walk across it over the Danube in a couple of minutes.
Having reached the Buda end of the bridge, you get to Gellért Square at the foot of Gellért Hill, hosting Hotel Gellért famous for its thermal water. At the right side of the Hotel, you can find the Cave Church with the statue of Stephen I before it. From here, the top of Gellért Hill with the Citadella and the Liberty Statue, standing proudly over Budapest, are only a 15-20 minutes' comfortable walk.

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Oct 21, 2011


This bridge spans the Danube for 365 m and work on it commenced in 1894. The transversal bracing between the pillars has ornamental gates supporting the birds at their top and the great arms of Hungary.

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May 21, 2005

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