Some people liken Budapest to conjoined twins characterized by completely different personalities, with the conjoined epithet being attributed to the city’s picturesque bridges. Since each bridge has its very own history, taking a closer look at each of them might be beneficiary for all parties involved. Educate yourself about the bridges of Budapest by scanning through our list!
Árpád híd (Árpád Bridge), situated at the other end of Margitsziget, and named after Grand Prince Árpád, who led the Hungarian tribes into the Carpathian Basin in 896, is the longest in Budapest. The construction works began in 1939 according to the plans of János Kossalka, but were halted by World War II, and were only finished in 1950. Due to the communist regime, it was called Stalin Bridge until 1958. On the Buda side, Árpád híd is anchored to Szentlélek tér, a square situated a stone’s throw away from , while on the Pest side, it grants an access to Metro line 3.
Petőfi híd (Petőfi Bridge) was named after Sándor Petőfi, an iconic Hungarian poet who disappeared in the Revolutionary Wars of 1848-49. Between 1937 and 1945, it was called Horthy Miklós Bridge after governor Miklós Horthy, but was promptly renamed when World War II finally ended. Following a four-year-long construction procedure based on the plans of
Pál Hubert Álgyai, it was opened to the public in 1937. Following the devastations of WWII, Petőfi híd was rebuilt at the beginning of the 1950s. On the Pest side, it is anchored to Boráros tér, a bustling square situated at the southern end of Nagykörút (The Grand Boulevard), while its Buda side anchor is right next to A38 and the campuses of ELTE TÁTK (Eötvös Loránd University’s Faculty of Social Sciences) and BME (University of Technology and Economics).
Rákóczi híd (Rákóczi Bridge), named after the Rákóczis, a noble family that played an important role in Hungary’s history, is the second newest bridge in Budapest. It was inaugurated in 1995, and was built according to the plans of Tibor Sigrai. Its design stirred serious arguments among locals, some Budapesters even went to the extent of saying that the red poles resemble bright-red oil pumps. Until August 2011, when the city council unanimously voted in favor of renaming the bridge, it was known as Lágymányosi Bridge. On the Pest side, it is anchored to a culturally overwhelming area giving home to Művészetek Palotája (The Palace of Arts), Nemzeti Színház (), and . On the Buda side, it is anchored to Infopark and the campuses of ELTE and BME.
Also worth mentioning
Megyeri híd, the newest bridge of Budapest, is a cable-stayed construction that constitutes an important section of the M0 ringroad. The bridge’s naming poll received serious media attention when American comedian Stephen Colbert won the poll in a landslide with more than 17 million votes.