With eight major bridges spanning the Danube river and connecting Buda to Pest there are many beautiful and historic bridges that have been constructed over the years. The Árpád Bridge is the second longest of these bridges and is today the most congested bridge in Budapest. The Bridge connects northern Buda, also referred to as Óbuda, to Pest. Named after Chieftain Árpád, who was the leader of the first Magyar settlers of Hungary, the bridge spans two km and is 35.3 m wide. It contains both pedestrian and bicycle paths and also connects to Margaret Island through an entrancement approximately in the middle of the bridge.
The Bridge has a very rich history and its construction began in 1939, however, due to World War II construction was not completed until 1950 once the war had ended. During that time Hungary was ruled by a communist regime and as such the bridge was initially named the Stalin Bridge. in 1958, however, the bridge was renamed Árpád Bridge which is what it’s called to this day. Due to a large growth in public traffic the bridge soon became very congested and it was obvious that it would no longer be able to relieve the congestion. As a result, starting in 1980 major expansion projects were completed on the bridge with the addition of two more lanes for cars, an increase in size for the pedestrian lanes, the modernization of the tram track, as well as, the addition of overpasses both at the Pest and Buda ends. Furthermore, an Underground station of M3 can be found on the Pest side which connects with tram line 1 which crosses the bridge. All of these improvements were designed to help with the large amount of traffic, and today although the changes have lead to improvements, the Árpád bridge is still the most congested bridge in Budapest.