Wednesday, October 1, 2014

River Banks and Bridges of Budapest

The beautiful capital city of Hungary,  Budapest is built around the majestic Danube river. It is not only the largest city of Hungary but one of the biggest cities in the whole of Europe. The numerous historical monuments and abundant sightseeing spots in Budapest make it a haven for tourists.

While describing my trip to the city, I have to begin with the boat cruise that I took on the Danube river because without doubt it was the highlight of my touristy journey around the city.

Danube runs through the centre of  Budapest dividing it  into two regions i.e.,  Buda and Pest.  There are many bridges linking both the parts of the city. The beauty of these bridges is that each of has been given a special name and varies in its construction style. Over 10 bridges link east and west of Budapest. Each of these bridges are an architectural marvel but of note are the Chain bridge,  Elizabeth bridge, Liberty bridge, Megyeri bridge and Margaret bridge. It was interesting to learn the history behind each of these architectural marvels.

Chain bridge was the first bridge to be built across Danube. It is a suspension bridge and lion structures adorn it. It was built by an english architect William Clark in 1839 and was opened to public 10 years later.

Elisabeth bridge, named after a popular queen of Austri- Hungary, goes through the narrowest part of Danube and is the most elegant bridge of Budapest. It was built in 1894 and unfortunate as it is, the queen died just a couple of years after the bridge was constructed.


Margaret Bridge

This bridge was built by a French architect and  it is the second oldest bridge in Budapest. The bridge leads up to Margaret island which lies in the center of Danube and is a popular tourist spot for its landscape parks.

Liberty bridge
This beautiful green bridge has large bronze statues of the Turul, a falcon-like bird, prominent in ancient Hungarian mythology on its  four masts. The bridge was built between 1894 and 1896. 

Megyeri bridge is one of the newly made bridges and circles the entire city.

These multiple links keep the city connected and are important landmarks of the city.  An interesting fact about these bridges is that most of these structures were blown up 
/destroyed during world war II and had to be reconstructed.

During a night cruise  on the Danube the bridges are beautifully lit and look divine. Other beautiful buildings on the banks are are also well lit and make the cruise an exceptional experience.
Photos to support my claims :)
Birds eyeview of Budapest city


Parliament On  the banks of river Danube

Buda Castle

Fishermans bastion on the banks of river Danube

20 comments:

Phylicia Marie Pineda said...

My favorite is the Liberty bridge. The green statues look great when lit beside the bridge.

Shaun Furman said...

Such a beautiful city.

Suzanne said...

What a gorgeous city! The river and the lights, it just lovely!

Chel said...

Wow! Budapest looks so beautiful at night!

Tiffany Yong W.T. said...

The parliament and the liberty bridge looked amazing at night! Bigger pictures in future!

Priscilla Yeo said...

Amazing architectures!
Beautiful~

Franc said...

Danube River looks really majestic with its bridges and the structures in its path.

Vanessa said...

Hungary is one of my favorite destinations. No wonder I love this country. Its cuisine, history and architecture are amazing. These bridges are stunning.

Aimi Haruna said...

Buda castle!
Wish can go there♡

Ecuador InMyEyes said...

Budapest is a geourgeous city. I visited there during my HS and it was such a beautiful place. Wish I could go there again.

Lorenzo Caballes Jr said...

I can't pick one because every place is truly interesting. Given the chance to visit Budapest...I'd visit all of them.

Karen said...

So who is Megyeri? Just curious because I am familiar with other bridges names.

Karen L. said...

What glorious bridges! I never knew that Budapest is known for its amazing bridges, thanks to your post for that.

I've never been to Europe and hope someday I'd be able to visit Hungary.

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Riza Acebuche said...

Now I'm dreaming to visit this bridge. I will include this on my bucket list.

rebecca wong said...

The night of Budapest is beautiful!

ListOTop said...

Danube is a beautiful river consist four beautiful capital near its coast including Budapest, hope to see more beautiful cities reviews in upcoming post :)

Eliz Frank said...

Budapest is such a beautiful city and the Danube is a dream. I love the way you presented your photos. You did the city proud.

Eliz Frank said...

Budapest is such a beautiful city and the Danube is a dream. I love the way you presented your photos. You did the city proud.

Manu Kalia said...

That is so beautiful, I wish I can visit Budapest one day.