The creative lighting concept of Liberty Bridge (Szabadság híd) brings the prestigious 'Auroralia 2010' award to Budapest. Auroralia is a renowned international award honoring the best initiatives in sustainable and energy saving lighting implemented by cities. The award was presented on December 8, in Lyon, France. Budapest, selected from 16 entries, follows Berlin, the winning city in 2009. This year's runner-ups include Genf, Switzerland and Tilburg, The Netherlands.
Liberty Bridge (Szabadság híd) spans the Danube between Gellért Square (Gellért tér) and Fővám Square (Fővám tér). Built between 1894 and 1896 the bridge was officially completed when Emperor Franz Joseph inserted the last silver rivet into its iron structure in 1896. The bridge underwent a complete renovation in 2009, which involved strengthening the structure, updating the lighting and restoring it to its former glory. This is the first major structure in Budapest to be outfitted with LED lighting. The 584 LED light fittings installed provide a good uniformity and emphasize the original 'mignonette green' color of the bridge, revealing the true beauty of its architecture.
Liberty Bridge, with its new lighting, is yet another beautifully restored bridge contributing to the cityscape. At 333 meters, it's also Budapest's shortest bridge, so despite the cold you may want to walk across it or take in the view from Gellért Hill.