I think I have a fetish for bridges. It doesn’t matter whether they’re young or old, but the more attractive they are, the more I like them, and I’m pleased to say that Bratislava’s Most SNP is a very attractive young model indeed - at least to me.
Built between 1967 and 1972, it was initially called Most SNP (Bridge of the Slovak National Uprising), but from 1993 to 2012 it was known simply as Novy Most (New Bridge). In 2012 the authorities decided to revert it back to its original name, but many people refer to it as the UFO because of the restaurant’s flying saucer shape at the top.
This futuristic looking bridge stretches for 431 metres across the Danube from the Old Town to Petrzalka, but it came at a cost. A large swathe of the Old Town was bulldozed to make way for the approach road, and the Jewish Quarter was all but obliterated.
At least somebody had the sense to keep pedestrians and cyclists away from the road traffic because they built another level under the road which makes a stroll across the bridge that much more enjoyable.
On the Petrzalka side of the bridge, a lift will take you up to the restaurant and observation deck which will cost adults €6.50, unless you use the restaurant and then it’s free (Aug 2015). It’s worth coming up for the views alone which are fantastic, but the restaurant is good too.
The Old Town of Bratislava still has a lot of historical buildings, but Petrzalka and other suburbs came under the influence of Eastern Europe’s housing schemes, which may have been practical at the time but hardly inspiring architecturally. Most SNP shows that there were exceptions to this stereotype of Eastern Bloc building styles, and so you really should take that lift to the top to observe it all at the same time - but I do wish they would have chosen a sexier name!
This bridge is one of the main sights in Bratislava, it has an interesting construction, connects old and new parts of town (old town and Petržalka), also has an UFO style restaurant and observation desk.
Bridge through Danube was built in 1972. Some former Jewish quarter in old town needed to be removed to build it. For some time it was called as Novi most (New bridge), but later name was changed.
The Nový most (New Bridge) is a great place for experiencing the impressive breadth of the Danube river and experiencing an eccentric viewing platform 280 feet above the river. Though it seems at first glance impossible to get across the bridge without being squashed by the traffic, hidden underneath each side is a pedestrian walkway from which you can view the river, its floating hotel and floating nightclub etc.
The bridge was opened in 1974 with a curious flying-saucer shaped restaurant high above the south end. For 6.50 euros (2013) you can take a disconcerting diagonal elevator up the east leg, to find yourself on a large viewing platform high above the city. There is even a free pair of high powered binoculars (well, free if you ignore the fact you've just paid 6.50 euros).
For me, a city isn't complete without something tall and strange to climb up for a view and, because I also studied architecture at college, Nový most ticks all my boxes!
The bridge called the New Bridge was completed in 1972. However the newest bridge (this far) is the Apollo Bridge, a road bridge erected in 2005.
The New Bride is 95 m tall and gives a nice view of the Old Town, especially in the darker period of the year when all the lights in the town gives that "magical" feel. On top of the pylon, at the height of 80 m, there is a restaurant in the shape of a flying saucer. Some hate the look of the bridge, some love it for being something unusual. Myself I .... it. ;=)
It is said that the building of the bridge required the destruction of up to 2/3 of the buildings in the Old Town. Looking at a map I doubt it but I have yet had no chance to check it more properly.
You should visit this site, if you want to see modern architecture in Bratislava. In the bridge "tower", you can eat in the UFO restaurant. Outside of the restaurant you can see great views of the city.
The new bridge (as translated from its original name) was built between 1967 and 1972. The area of the roadway that leads to Novy Most used to be the Jewish quarter and during the construction most of it was demolished. There is a restaurant located at the top of the bridge where you see the UFO. It can be reached by a lift from the left pillar. Certainly, the restaurant offers fascinating view of Bratislava from the top of Danube.
Nový Most (New Bridge; formerly Most SNP - Bridge of the Slovak National Uprising) is a road bridge over the Danube in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. It is the 32nd and the lowest member of World Federation of Great Towers. It is the world's longest cable-stayed bridge in category with one pylon and with one cable-stayed plane. It is the only bridge in the world of that type to be a member of the World Federation of Great Towers.
So they built this cool bridge and decided to put a tower about 200 feet above the bridge on one side. Lay a saucer shaped restaurant on top of the tower and you have a UFO. It seemed to be about 4 euro to take the elevator to the top which provided great views of Bratislava.
Another of Bratislava's major sights is the unforgettable Novy Most, a fine a bridge as to grace any city. The unique "UFO" style restaurant sitting atop the tallest suspension pillars on the Petržalka side, is what really makes it stand out. You can take the elevator in the left pillar to the restaurant and viewing area about 86 meters up for some great views of the city.
Novy Most, meaning New bridge is a road bridge over river Danube in Bratislava and was built between 1967 and 1972. For building this bridge a significant portion of the old town close to the Castle including the Jewish quarter and the historic city walls was demolished and this came in for much criticism. It is the lowest (in height) member of World Federation of Great Towers (an association of tall towers and skyscrapers of the world) and is the world's longest cable-stayed bridge with one pylon and one cable-stayed plane. it is 430 metres long, 21 metres wide and weighs 7537 tonnes and is made of steel. Amazingly, it has a restaurant up there on top of one of the pylons at a height of 85 metres and is called 'UFO' because of its shape. It has an elevator down to take you up there. Quite amazing indeed. But otherwise the bridge is quite unimpressive in looks.
Nový Most (New Bridge – formarly called SNP ,Bridge of the Slovak National Uprising) is a road bridge over the Danube. It was built between 1967 and 1972 during the communist regime. Sadly a significant section of the Old Town below Bratislava Castle, which included nearly all of the Jewish quarter, had to be demolished. There is agod view of the ultra modern and a little out of place bridge from the castle hill.
The new bridge (formerly known as the bridge of the Slovak National Uprising) is one of the most (in)famous monuments of Bratislava. It’s hard to say, if I like it or hate it – but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s there. The construction of this bridge commenced in 1967 and was finished in 1972. A part of the old jewish quarter next to the castle had to be destroyed during the construction. And if that’s not enough to hate it, try to “enjoy” the view on the castle from the south. It is always spoiled by the bridge. Today, we see it as an architectural crime of the 1970s – maybe in some decades we’ll learn to appreciate it.
The bridge is the second bridge in central Bratislava leading over the Danube and is an important part of Bratislava’s road system. It has four car lanes on the top and two pedestrian/bike lanes well separated below them.