The Elisabeth Bridge in Budapest is the white and modern bridge is spanning between Marcius 15 square on the Pest side and Dobrentei square, that is the foot of the Gellert Hill on the Buda side – at the narrowest part of the Danube in Budapest, spanning only 290 metres. If you wonder why the Hungarians named a bridge after the English Queen, let’s quickly remark that this particular Elisabeth was a Hungarian queen and the empress of the Austro Hungarian Empire at the end of the 19th century (yes, the wife of the big moustachioed Franz Joseph, Habsburg emperor) (and true, she had a host of further titles, like Queen of Bohemia – now the Czech Republic – and Queen of Croatia).
This contemporary metal bridge is the replacement of a beautiful, historical former Elisabeth bridge, which was damaged beyond repair in World War II. The world famous Danube Promenade (Dunakorzo), which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage with its breathtaking and romantic views, starts from Elisabeth Bridge and ends at the Chain Bridge by the Gresham Palace (and a couple of 5 star hotels in this picturesque part of the city of Budapest).
Elisabeth Bridge, Budapest
The Nazi soldiers blew up all of the bridges in Budapest to delay the Soviet troops in World War II. Although most of the Danube bridges could be saved and restored, but not this particular gem. Elisabeth Bridge (in Hungarian Erzsebet-hid, say err-jay-bet heed) is named after Queen Elisabeth, but not the English one.
Elisabeth bridge is more beautiful from the Pest side, as the Buda side comes complete with the views of the St Gellert Monument soaring in the woods of the hill, plus the slender waterfalls. There is also a beautiful statue, the Statue of Queen Elisabeth dedicated to the beloved Sissi (the bronze statue – made by Gyorgy Zalai – is on Dobrentei ter, just by the foot of the Elisabeth bridge on the Buda side – as is a simple pub with a good terrace and views over the Pest side of the city).
Here is the airview – Budapest Tourist Map – photo (click to enlarge) of the Buda foot of the Elisabeth Bridge (the yellow balloon indicates the Statue of Queen Elisabeth, the purple camera shows the panoramic St Gellert Monument and Lookout terrace, while the blue waves stand for the Rudas Baths)
The old Elisabeth Bridge, before World War II destroyed the whole slender beauty of this royal bridge (this photo is also taken from the less scenic Buda side):