The Freedom Bridge

Freedom Bridge in Budapest

I braved the cold weather in Budapest to take this shot of the Freedom Bridge from up the hill.  This bridge apparently was named after Emperor Franz Joseph I, but the Hungarians didn’t admire the Emperor as much as his wife, Elizabeth of Austria, so they prefer to call this bridge “Freedom Bridge” instead.  It was destroyed in World War II and reconstructed according to the original plans in 1946.

Esztergom

Esztergom

Esztergom is a city in the north of Hungary, on the right bank of the Danube river, which forms the border with Slovakia,  not very far from Budapest, and most accessible by city train.  I went there after lunch, walk around the town, visited their cathedral and some other important sites, and then returned to Budapest for supper.  Although the city seems to have been left behind, one can still appreciate the historicity of this place, which was once the capital of Hungary and the seat of the Primate of the Roman Catholic Church in the country.