The Liberty Bridge is the shortest bridge in Budapest spanning 333.6 metres. Construction began on the bridge in 1824 and it was completed for its opening during the Millennial celebrations of 1896. Francis Joseph I hammered the last silver rivet on the Pest side of the bridge during these celebrations and the bridge was initially named after the emperor.
Today the bridge is fully functioning with both trams and traffic using the bridge seamlessly. There is an initiative in place that hopes to make the bridge a fully pedestrianized zone but this remains to be confirmed or put into action.
There are many different things to see either side of the bridge. It only takes a short amount of time to walk the entire distance across the Danube River and the views of Budapest from the middle of the bridge are quite spectacular.
If you visit the bridge during the night it is lit up and the lights run along the long green steel beams.
Gellért Hill can be seen from the bridge and I highly recommend taking a hike up this hill to see spectacular panoramic views of the entire city. On the same side of the city underneath Gellért Hill there is a cave church that you can visit.
The bridge itself is quite fun to take photos of and it is very useful if you wish to walk from one attraction to the other across the river instead of getting the underground metro. I am certain you will cross this bridge at least once during your visit to Budapest and be sure to check out the other things to see in the area like the Citadel and Gellért Hill.
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