The Liberty Bridge or Szabadság hid, as the locals call it, is one of eight iconic bridges that span the Danube River connecting the Buda side of the city to the Pest side. The Bridge is said by many to be the second most recognizable bridge of the eight, after the chain bridge. This is due to its very unique style which gives it an almost Gothic look which definitely makes it stand out from the rest of the bridges that span the Danube. Construction on the bridge began in 1894 and was completed in 1896. The plans for the bridge were provided by Janos Feketeházy and it was opened in the presence of Emperor Franz Joseph who even inserted the last silver rivet on the Pest abutment into the iron structure. Initially the bridge was named after the emperor Franz Joseph but was later renamed the Szabadság or liberty bridge.

The bridge has a length of 333.6 meters and a width of twenty meters. At the Buda end of the bridge one can find Gellért ter where the Gellért spa and Hotel Gellért are located at the foot of Gellért Hill. On the Pest side of the bridge is Fővam tér where the Great Market Hall and Budapest University of Economy can be found. The characteristic look of the bridge is given from the large bronze statues found on top of the four masts. The statues are of the Turul which is a prominent falcon like bird in ancient Hungarian Mythology. The bridge is heavily congested, and there are initiatives to convert the bridge to a pedestrian only bridge once the fourth metro line is completed in Budapest. The Liberty bridge is a staple of the bridges of Budapest and is definitely one of the most unique and breathtaking bridges found in Budapest.

Images of Szabadság Bridge in Budapest

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