The Old Bridge – Bratislava’s newest bridge!

 

 

The Old Bridge (Starý Most) was Slovakia’s oldest bridge. Originally built from steel in 1891 it was named Franz Joseph Bridge and later Štefánik’s Bridge or Bridge of the Red Army. It included a wooden pathway for pedestrians connecting the old town with the newer region of Petržalka. During the second World War the bridge was destroyed, although the stone pillars survived. It was rebuilt when Bratislava was liberated in 1945 by the Red Army.
The bridge was closed to all traffic at the end of 2013, and construction of the new bridge began. It opened in 2016 at a cost of around €60m and provides tram and pedestrian access across the Danube. These pictures were taken very early in the morning after I had watched the sun rise over the town.

 

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