Panorama of Buda


From the Pest end of the bridge the panorama of Buda unfolds before us. Towards the north the view extends to the Buda hills and to Margaret Bridge on the Danube. On Castle Hill the graceful spire of the Church of Our Lady rises high above us, with the turrets and terraces of the Fishermen's Bastion in front, and the remains of the old castle walls below it. Baroque church towers rise above the great mass of houses of Water Town. Opposite us stands the Royal Palace, with its medieval fortifications. To the south we see the rocky Gellért Hill with the Citadel and the Liberation monument on top.

The newest bridge over the Danube, Elizabeth Bridge, inaugurated in 1903 and reconstructed in 1964, is 380 meters (417 yds.) long and 27.5 meters (30.5 yds.) wide. Further down we see Liberty Bridge and, in the distance, Petôfi Bridge.