Budapest, Szabadság híd, Hungary
The Other BridgeMost people who visit Budapest make it a point to see the famous Széchenyi Chain Bridge that spans the Danube connecting both Buda and Pest. But down the river is another impressive bridge not to be missed.
Liberty Bridge is the third and shortest bridge of Budapest. It is an outstanding example of Art Nouveau architecture and in my opinion the prettiest bridge in Budapest. Originally called the Francis Joseph Bridge, it was built for the Millennium World Exhibition in 1896 from the winning plans of a design competition. Unfortunately during WWII the bridge was heavily damaged as was every bridge in Budapest. After the end of the war, it would be the first bridge to be repaired. It reopened in 1946 with a new name, it's new moniker being Liberty Bridge.
The best time to see the bridge is at sunset when locals and tourists alike perch atop the main span. Before heading to the bridge be sure to stop at Market-Hall just at the end of the bridge. There you can pick up some snacks and a bottle of Tokaji wine to enjoy. But don't forget a corkscrew. I thought it clever that I had bought a souvenir wine key at the market only to have it break in the bottle! All I had with me otherwise was a pair of tweezers and a dull room key. After much struggle, my friend and I finally succeeded in toasting the beautiful scenery, right as the sun went down.