Maria Valeria Bridge, Sturovo

The Mária Valéria bridge joins Esztergom in Hungary and Štúrovo in Slovakia, across the River Danube. The bridge is some 500 metres in length. It is named after Archduchess Marie Valerie of Austria, (1868–1924), the fourth child of Emperor Franz Josef, and Elisabeth.
The bridge was designed by János Feketeházy in 1893; he built several bridges on the Danube, including the Liberty bridge in Budapest and the Elisabeth bridge between Komárno and Komárom. Since its opening on 28 September 1895, the bridge has been destroyed twice. On 22 July 1919 the bridge was destroyed by a detonation at its first pier on its western side but the bridge was renovated in 1922 and completely reconstructed in 1926. During World War II, retreating German troops blew up the bridge on 26 December 1944 along with other bridges near Esztergom.
Decades of intransigence between the Communist governments of Hungary and Czechoslovakia meant that the bridge was not rebuilt until the new millennium, finally reopening on 11 October 2001. Half the costs of the project were covered by a 10 million Euro grant from the European Union, as part of the EU PHARE project to assist applicant countries in their preparations to join the EU. The re-opening was marked with the issue of a Slovak stamp. The rebuilding of the bridge helped the local economy in the Ister-Granum Euroregion.
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  • If you are going to Estherfrom from Budapest, the city can be reached by bus (stop right at the cathedral), or by train (the station is a couple of kilometers from the center). It's further, but it's easier to take a taxi, which will throw up to the bridge of Maria Valeria. The truth was torn off 2000 forints (station of the same), but brought directly to Slovakia. Visit the bridge stands for three reasons. The first, it is certainly a curious experience, crossing the bridge, to be in another country (bonus, take a picture in the middle of the bridge, standing with one foot in Slovakia and the other in Hungary). The second is a beautiful view of the bases...
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  • The Maria Valeria Bridge spans the Danube joins Sturovo in Slovakia and Esztergom in Hungary. It's a casual walk or you can join the train ride across the bridge. It gives you a good view of Esztergom...  more »
  • Find the red stripe and straddle it. You will find yourself both in Slovakia and in Hungary at the same time. Magnificent views towards both countries in this famous Danube River bend along the way!
  • Beautiful views across the river and a great view of the Basilica. Great for walking along the river and over the bridge into Hungary.
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