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the biridge in Dunaföldvár

The nortern railway bridge

The building of Elisabeth bridge

The Mária Valéria Bridge at Esztergom

The Lágymányosi bridge in Budapest

Liberty Bridge, built in 1896
The third permanent bridge over the Danube (originally Franz Joseph Bridge) was opened on the occasion of the Millennium celebrations. It was Emperor Franz Joseph I himself who hammered in the last silver rivet. Not by hand, naturally: he pushed a button in a tent on the Buda side, which operated the 45 ton hammer. There are very few things around which give a better example of how much pleasure people took in ornamentation. It would be difficult to imagine what the bridge would look like if the designer (Virgil Nagy) had not exercised restraint: "When designing the bridge, I had to obey the requirements of beauty, simplicity and economy". The bridge has a modular structure - if its middle were removed, it would still remain standing firmly. On top of each pillar, perched on a golden ball, there is a "Turul bird", the mythical bird of the Magyars, stretching its wings, preparing to take off. Some would-be suicides still climb up here - fortunately, most of them are rescued by the fire brigade.
The famous silver rivet with the F. J. initials was stolen during World War I. So was its replacement. Today the rivet can be seen under a glass sheet. (At the Pest end, on the southern side.) Incidentally, this one is not silver.


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tram crossing the danube on the Lágymányosi bridge

And Tram crossing The Danube on The Liberty Bridge

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Now here goes nothing... The u/c northern M0 Danube-bridge...

From the Buda side...

Huge traffic at the u/c M0-Main road 11 interchange...

8, 6, then 4 lanes parallelly at the interchange... I'm at the point where there are 6 lanes... Still at Budakalász, but entering Budapest...

Outer Váci road... It was 4 laned before, or they a widening it now?

The M0 as an overpass...

I give You The Bridge...


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The pics don’t show up for me, so I think its time to make a new summary of the bridges in Hungary.
Let’s start with the bridges on the Danube, going downstream.

Vámosszabad bridge

The bridge is located near Vámosszabadi and it was built between 1939 and 42. 3 years later, the retreating german forces blew the bridge up, and was rebuilt only in 1973.
The bridge is 361m long, the longest span is 133m. It connects Hungary and Slovakia.

Bridges in Komárom

There are 2 bridges in Komárom. The first is a railway bridge. It was built in 1910, and was blown up in 1945. The reconstructed bridge was inaugurated in 1955. Its 500 metres long, and connects Hungary and Slovakia.

The other bridge is a road bridge, in the centre of the bisected city, Komárom in Hungary, Komárno in Slovakia. The bridge is called Erzsébet (Elizabeth) bridge. It was built in 1891-92. This bridge was also blown up in the war, but was quickly rebuilt because it didn’t got severe damages.

The next bridge is the Mária Valéria bridge in Esztergom. The bridge was named after the daughter of Franz Joseph the 1st. It was inaugurated in 1895. It was 496 metres long., with a longest span of 118 metres, record at that time. The bridge was damaged 2 times in History. Once in 1919, which was repaired by 1927, and then in 1944 by the retreating german forces. The bridge was rebuilt only in 2001. It connect Hungary(Esztergom) and Slovakia(Sturovo).

The next bridge is in Budapest. There are 12 bridges on the main branch of the river in the city, of which 2 are railway bridges, 2 are motorway bridges and 8 are normal bridges.
The newest is the northernmost, Megyeri bridge, currently under construction. It will be 2kms long, with a longest span of 300m, part of the M0 ringroad around the city. The bridge is named after the 2 areas it connects – Békásmegyer and Káposztásmegyer. It will be completed by this year’s autumn.

Then comes the northern railway connector. The official name is Újpest railway bridge, named after the district its located in (Újpest is on the left bank of the Danube). It was built in 1896, to be blown up by the german forces in 1944. In 1945, Russian forces used it as a pontoon bridge. It was reconstructed in 1955. It could have been finished earlier, but floods and still armed bridge-buster bombs delayed the works, which can be found even these days. The bridge is being reconstructed these days, as the previous structure was only temporary(for 50 years).

Árpád bridge is currently the northernmost road bridge in the city. Construction of the bridge started in 1939. As the bridge wasn’t finished by the siege of Budapest, germans didn’t blow it up, and it was inaugurated in 1950. It is one of the bridges with the most traffic, 150000 vehicles daily, on 2x3 lanes + tramline. The bridge is 981 m long.

Margit bridge is a unique bridge in the city, as it has a break in the middle. It was built in 1876. The longest span is 87,88m. The bridge was blown up in the war, though not by the germans. A tram was crossing it in heavy traffic (as locals were fleeing Pest), and a faulty insulation caused electricity to get into the detonator system the germans were setting up, and the whole bridge blew up under heavy traffic.

The bridge is to be closed this year for reconstruction works, which aim to restore the former glory of the bridge while making it safer by reshaping the curve in the middle.

The next bridge is the Széchenyi Lánchíd. The bridge was the first in the city, it took 10 years to build. Official inauguration was on the 13rd of November, 1849, but it was in use a year before when imperial troops crossed over on it in the 1848 revolution. The bridge is named after the person who was the patron of it. It is 380 m long. It was to be blow up twice in history, but it happened only once, in 1945 by the troops of the Wehrmacht, only to be reconstructed in 1949.

Just after the Lánchíd comes Erzsébet bridge. The original bridge was more spectacular than the current one, but it was so damaged in the WWII that it was easier to build a new one.
The old bridge

and the new one

It was the last to be reconstructed after the war, between 1961 and 64. The bridge had tram traffic on it until the inauguration of the M2 metro line.
The original bridge (and the new one too) had a span of 290 m, and a total length of 378,6 m. The old bridge was inaugurated in 1903. Interesting fact is that the new bridge although 10 m wide, weights half as much as the old. There are 2x3 lanes on the bridge currently.

Szabadság bridge is the next on the river. The bridge was inaugurated in 1896, as a part of the millennial celebrations. The bridge is an engineering masterpiece, as more then 80% of materials in it were built in 1896. The bridge is 333,6m long with a main span of 170,75 m. It was the first bridge to be reconstructed, in 1946. The middle part was detonated, so it was easy to replace it.

The bridge is currently being reconstructed. It will get floodlight and the former glory back. The bridge has 2x1 lanes and has tram traffic.

Further south is the Petőfi bridge. It is a fairly new bridge with its inauguration in 1939. It was also blown up, and was reconstructed between 1950-52. The structure is 378 m long with a longest span of 154 m. There are 2x2 lanes on it with tram tracks. The bridge is named after one of the greatest Hungarian poets, Sándor Petőfi, who got MIA in the 1848-49 revolution.

Lágymányos bridge comes next. It is the newest bridge in the city. It was inaugurated in 1995 after 3 years of work. It is named after the part of the district where it ends at Buda. The bridge has 2x2 lanes and reserved space for tram tracks, which are to be filled this year. It is 494,8 m long, the longest spans are 4x 94,72 m long.
The bridge has special lighting method. The source of the light is not on thy pylons, but on the bridge deck. There are mirrors on the pylons which reflect the light back onto the deck.

Right next to the Lágymányos bridge is the Southern railway connector. This was the first railway bridge on the Danube in the country, built in 1877. A new one was built in 1913, but that was blown up in 1945.It was reconstructed in 1953. The bridge is 477m long.

The last in the city (which by definition is outside of the boundaries of Budapest) is the Háros Danube bridge. The bridge was inaugurated in 1990. It is part of the M0 ringroad around Budapest. It has 2x2 lanes. Because the southern sector of it is being widened to 2x3, the bridge will need an extension too.

The next bridge on the Danube is far south at Dunaújváros, called Pentele bridge. It is named after an old settlement which is now Dunaújváros. The bridge is part of the M8 motorway. It was inaugurated in 2007 and has 2x2+emergency lanes. The total length of the bridge is 1682 m, with 1367 m floodplain bridge. The longest span is 308 m.

(pic of Qtya)

Then comes the Beszédes József bridge at Dunaföldvár. The bridge is a road bridge, but served rail traffic too for a long time. It was built between 1928-30, and was blown up in 1944. Rail traffic was suspended on it in 2001 when the tracks were picked up during the reconstruction works.

It is named after Beszédes József, who was responsible for river regulations in the 19th century. He died here, and was buried here too.

More south is the Szent László bridge at Szekszárd. It was inaugurated in 2003 and part of the M9 motorway. It is 919,6 m long with 2x1 lanes.

Szent László was a hungarian king between 1077 and 1095. He is the patron saint of Szekszárd.

The last bridge on the Danube in Hungary is at Baja. It is called Türr István bridge. It was built between 1906-08. This is the only railway bridge outside Budapest. It was blown up in 1944 and was reconstructed by 1950. Türr István was a general born in Baja.

The bridge got 2 side decks in 1998, when the road traffic was separated from the rail traffic.

Coming soon: The bridges on the Tisza!

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"Smaller" bridges

Bocskai bridge on Eastern-main canal (Keleti-főcsatorna) near Tiszalök (road Nr. 3612)

Tiszadob pontoon-bridge on river Tisza (road Nr. 3612)

Nádasdy Ferenc bridge on river Rába (Road Nr. 84)

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