Bridges of Budapest

Budapest has 8 bridges. Here we give you a brief introduction to them, to help you see this beautiful capital as a whole, and by the way this information will also useful, when you visit the city one day.

The Danube River splits the city into two parts, running through it from north to south. These are called Buda (western) and Pest (eastern) side. The bridges of the city connecting this two parts and the islands on the river. Let's list the bridges than from north to south:

1 - Megyeri Bridge
(pron. med-yeri)
The northmost bridge of Budapest is part of the M0 ringroad around the capital helping transit traffic to evade the city. The bridge is also the latest one, opened in 2008. This is a cable- stayed bridge with the total length of 1862 m. While crossing the Danube it also touches the southern end of the Szentendre Island. The name comes from the northern part of the 3rd district on the Buda side, called Békásmegyer.

2 - Árpád Bridge
(pron. are-pahd)
The bridge got its name after the Grand Prince of the Hungarians, Árpád, who settled the nation in the Carpathian Basin (and the father of King St. Stephen). This bridge is about 2 km long if you count the leading up sections, but it is 981 m right above the Danube River.

3 - Margaret Bridge
(originally: Margid Bridge; pron. mahr-geet)
Margaret is the second oldest bridge of the capital, it's 607 m long and fully renovated between 2009-2011. Between this bridge and Árpád Bridge lays the Margaret Island, the beautiful leisure time spot of Budapest. You can reach the island from both bridges, but cars only allowed to arrive from Árpád Bridge.

4 - Chain Bridge
(originally: Lánchíd; pron. lants-heed)
The most popular and the oldest bridge of Budapest. The full name is Széchenyi Chain Bridge referring to Count István Széchenyi, who ordered the building of a permanent bridge on the Danube. The Chain Bridge is a suspension bridge, and it is 375 m long. The construction lasted from 1840-1849. Chain Bridge is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is the number one and most used symbol of Budapest. On the Buda side of the bridge you will find the Buda Castle with the funicular, and the Tunnel, and on the Pest side the Gresham Palace and the Academy of sciences, just as the Danube Promenade.

5 - Elisabeth Bridge
(originally: Erzsébet-híd; pron. erz-sheh-bet-heed)
This 378 m long bridge was totally rebuilt from 1961 to 1964, after the bridge was demolished in WW2. This is also a suspension bridge, it has 6 lanes and the lighting was designed by Motoko Ishii, Japanese lighting designer. In daytime the Bridge has a bright white colour. On the Pest side of the bridge runs the famous Váci Street, and on the Buda side situated the Gellért Hill and the Rudas Bath.

6 - Liberty Bridge
(originally: Szabadság-híd; pron. sah-bahd-shaeg-heed)
Also called as Franz Joseph Bridge, after the Austro-Hungarian King. The bridge was built between 1894 and 1896, and is 333 m long. Bridge of Liberty was renewed in 2009, when it also got its amazing green lighting. On the Pest side lays the Fővám Square with the ELTE University and the Great Market Hall, while on the Buda Side there's the Gellért Hotel and the Gellért Hill.

7 - Petőfi Bridge
(pron. petoe-fee)
Named after one of the greatest Hungarian poets, Sándor Petőfi. It is 378 m long and was opened for public in 1937. Last renewal was in 1992. From this bridge you will have an amazing view to the Gellért Hill, the Buda Castle and the Elisabeth Bridge.

8 - Rákóczi Bridge
(pron. raeh-koh-tzee)
Previously called Lágymányosi Bridge (1995-2011) (pron. lad-man-yoshi). This is the second newest bridge in the city, it is 494 m long, and has 4 lanes. The new name is the family name of a prominent historical Hungarian family. On the Pest side of the Bridge situated the Palace of Arts and the National Theatre.

There are two more bridges in Budapest, but those are railway traffic connective bridges. One next to the Rákóczi Bridge, and the other one between Árpád Bridge and Megyeri Bridge.

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(source: Wikipedia)