Budapest is a city very rich in history and with many must see tourist sights; the city is divided into the Buda and Pest sides which are separated by the Danube River. Due to this layout there are a number of iconic bridges that span the Danube connecting the two sides of the city. The Petőfi Bridge or Petofi hid as the locals call it is the second southernmost public bridge in Budapest connecting the more commercial Pest side to the residential Buda side across the Danube River. It was originally called the Horthy Miklós Bridge after a famous governor Miklós Horthy, today, it is called the Petőfi bridge named after Sandor Petőfi who was a famous Hungarian poet and revolutionist. The bridge has a width of almost twenty-six meters and a length of 514 meters and connects Boraros tér to Goldmann Gyorgy.

Construction on the bridge began in 1933 following the plans of Pal Algyay Hubert. The bridge was built for functional purposes rather than aesthetic, and as a result, it lacks the usual majestic look that the other Budapest Bridges have. Construction was completed in 1937 with the bridge being inaugurated on the 12th of September of the same year. The bridge did not last long, however, as it was destroyed by retreating German troops at the end of World War II on January the 14th 1945. This was the fate of all of the Bridges that spanned the Danube River in Budapest during that time. Construction to rebuild the bridge began in 1950 and was completed by 1952 with the newly built bridge being inaugurated on the 22nd of November 1952 with its new name, “The Petőfi Bridge”. Further renovations were completed between 1979 and 1980 and today it serves as a major bridge in Budapest leading the tramway and public traffic of the southern part of Pest and Buda Boulevard over the Danube.

Images of Petőfi Bridge in Budapest

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