Szabadság Bridge (Hungary)
This pedestrian-only bridge may be the shortest in the city, but at least it is the busiest. Exactly 333 meters long, it was officially opened in 1896 by Emperor Franz Joseph himself. It even used to carry the emperor’s name.
Like many other major attractions in Budapest, the bridge was built for the Millennium World Exhibition, which celebrated the 1000th birthday of the Hungarian state. Although less than 150 years have passed since its construction, the bridge already had to be reconstructed once. At the end of the Second World War, the Germans blew it up to cover their retreat.
It connects Gellért Hill with the Great Market Hall. Because of its advantageous position, the bridge soon became a popular meeting place. It is also a favourite location for snacks with friends, you can find both locals and tourists having picnics on the ground here.
If you want to take some great pictures of the bridge, time your visit so that you reach it at night. It is then lit by green lights and looks truly magnificent.