Petofi Bridge over the River Danube Budapest
Petofi Bridge over the Danube can be found between Liberty Bridge and Rakoczi Bridge connecting Pest side at Boraros Square the south end of Grand Boulevard to Buda Lagymanyos district (University Campuses). Petofi Bridge was named after the beloved poet and revolutionist Sandor Petofi, who died tragically during the revolutionary fights at the age of 26.
History of Petofi Bridge
Pal Algyay Hubert, the Hungarian Architecture was the designer of the bridge. The deck truss bridge is lacking grandiose ornaments, the main aim was functionality rather than beauty during the economic problems in the 1930s. The construction of the bridge was started in 1933, and it was inaugurated in 1937 as Regent Miklos Horthy Bridge.
During World War II, in January 1945, the retreating German army has blown up all the bridges of Budapest, Regent Miklos Horthy Bridge was also destroyed. The bridge was rebuilt between 1950 and 1952 and upon the second inauguration, it was christened Petofi Bridge. Today’s Petofi Bridge is 378 meters long and 25.6 meters wide.
On the Buda side, we can find famous riverside attractions in the neighbourhood such as the A38 Ship, the Budapest University of Technology and on the Pest side, the building of the Whale is visible.
Book a Budapest Party Cruise to explore the area during the night lights.