Queen Elisabeth, wife of Habsburg Emperor Franz Joseph and a free spirited icon of the 20th century, was affectionate about Hungary. She loved it far more than Austria. She learned Hungarian and spoke it fluently; she liked to be in the company of Hungarians and surrounded herself with Hungarian servants; and she spent a great deal of time in Hungary, especially in Gödöllö, at her favorite summer residence. 'Sisi', as the Hungarians affectionately called her, often shopped at Antal Alter (now ‘Alter & Kiss’) on Váci Street, which had become very popular with the fashion-crazed crowd in the 19th century.
Elisabeth’s sympathy for the Hungarians even benefited the Austro-Hungarian Empire as Hungarians returned her affection, strengthening peace between the dynasty and the nation. Several sites in Hungary were named after her, two of Budapest's districts; Erzsébetváros and Pesterzsébet bear her name, and most famously, Elisabeth Bridge. Her bronze statue can be seen in a small garden by the Buda side of the bridge.
Getting to the Statue of Queen Elisabeth: Take Streetcar 18, 19 or 41 to Döbrentei tér and take the short walk over to the statue