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Liberty Bridge.


Do you remember my spring blog on the Chuck Norris Bridge? No? Neither this photo? It has become legendary since that time :))))

In April the bridge looked like this…

finished this summer and opened in the middle of September. So its appearance slightly changed and here it is in its full glamour.

The bridge is 955 m long, 4 metres wide and its construction weights 647 tons. Originally it was projected for cyclists…but now it is esplanade for all. For the best friends of a man…

…for a woman with her handicapped husband…

…for an old man who cannot ride the bicycle anymore till he catches the second breath…simply – for the common people.

The bridge was built on the same place as previously stood the bridge built by Reformator Empress Maria Therese. That bridge has been destroyed in several wars in the 19th and 20th century. Till 1989 this was the place of Iron Curtain. Kilometres of barbed wire defence, beton bunkers and soldiers. People needed permission to come here to visit their family.
No picnics in grass…

No whipping…

Over there you can see the remnants of concentrated barbed wire defence…

As nothing is absolutely black or white, it had one advantage. The nature stayed untouched for decades and it is visible even after 20 years since the Danube was liberated.

On the previous photo you can see so-called flooding zone, to which the Danube spreads during spring floods. It is rich in flora. The bridge arcs over this zone as well, that is why it is almost one kilometer long. The width of the Danube river is not kilometer, of course :)
And this is already Austrian bank…

Almost van Gogh´s landscape….

I forgot to tell you, that the bridge didn´t get the name neither of Chuck Noris, nor of Maria Theresia the Empress. Referendum decided that the name would be The Liberty Bridge. No explanation required.
It is now the only bridge for cyclists which is the part of famous cycle track connecting old picturesque Roman town Carnuntum (the place where died honorable Ceasar Marcu Aurelius on his crusade to Barbaricum (here we are) with Slovak capital Bratislava.

Nice old willow at the sunset…

Each bridge must have a guardian.

Protect this bridge and the people on it. You know, people are unpredictable. What ones have built for years, others can destroy in a night. So do not sleep here, dear protector!
Lovely place to be on guard.

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Great blog, very thought provoking, Liberty is a wonderful thing for those that have it!

6 Oct, 2012


Thank you Kat for a most interesting blog.

7 Oct, 2012


thats really interesting, thanks kat, i like the way you have brought history alive, the pictures are lovely, they really add to the blog ~ making a historic event more personal

7 Oct, 2012


lovely blog Kat, i do remember your first pic of this as we talked about Chuck Norris, love the views to. excellent information thanks :-)

7 Oct, 2012


What an interesting blog, Katarina. How lovely to see the liberation of a beautiful area so desecrated in the past - inexcusably recent. (Why do we so often think that our times are more enlightened?) It looks a lovely place - accessible to all.

7 Oct, 2012


Dianebulley@thank you. Why do you think it is the most interesting blog? I don´t think so...
Sticki@thank you very much :))
SL@I still think Chuck Norris Bridge would be more suitable then the Liberty Bridge. As liberty is much harder to build, then one bridge.
Melchi@I never said that our times are more enlightened. I do not have that experience.

7 Oct, 2012


Well - perhaps you are right, Katarina. Sadly, I think you are. I still think there is a tendency to believe that our times are more enlightened.

9 Oct, 2012


great blog and photos to Katerina :o))

10 Oct, 2012


Thank you, Sanbaz :))

10 Oct, 2012

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