Budapest bridges

Budapest bridges

There are eight bridges that span the Danube River as it passes through Budapest.

Chain Bridge:

Our riverboat was docked near the oldest permanent bridge now called the Chain Bridge. It was first opened in 1849.????????????

A closer look explains why it is called a Chain Bridge. Unlike the more common open link chain, this bridge is constructed more like a bicycle chain with metal plates held together with bolts or rivets.

Chain Bridge

Chain Bridge

 

Margaret Bridge:

Behind the ship was the second oldest bridge called the Margaret Bridge. The Margaret Bridge has a span extending out to the side to provide access to Margaret Island. That span does not show up on this picture. Margaret Bridge

Margaret Bridge

This is how the Margaret Bridge looks at night.Margaret Bridge

Margaret Bridge Pylon

Elizabeth Bridge:

Elizabeth Bridge

Elizabeth Bridge

All the bridges were blown up by retreating German troops in 1945. After the war most of the bridges were repaired in their original style using the original material when possible. The Elizabeth Bridge was so badly damaged it could not be rebuilt so in 1964 a modern elegant white suspension bridge was built to carry six lanes of traffic. The original Elizabeth Bridge was built the same as the chain Bridge.

Liberty Bridge:

Liberty Bridge

Liberty Bridge

Liberty Bridge

Liberty Bridge

Liberty Bridge

Liberty Bridge

Liberty Bridge

Liberty Bridge

Liberty Bridge

Liberty Bridge

 

Megyeri Bridge:

Megyeri Bridge

Megyeri Bridge

The Megyeri Bridge (Megyeri híd) is the longest bridge of Budapest. It is located at the northern end of the city. It was opened in 2008. It consists of two pylons which are 300 m apart and form the 100 meter high A-frames. Cables are strung down to support the road surface.

I did not see all eight of the bridges. With the exception of this last one all the others were seen and photographed within eight hours of arriving in Budapest. All of the others were taken from the riverboat. This one was taken from a bus.

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