Bridge of the Slovak National Uprising – The UFO Bridge in Bratislava

The bridge was built between 1967 and 1972 by architects J.Lacko, L.Kušnír, I.Slameň and engineers A.Tesár. and J.Zvara. It officially opened on August 26, 1972, as the second bridge over the Danube in Bratislava. A significant section of the Old Town below Bratislava Castle, was demolished to create the roadway that led to it.

A special attraction is the flying saucer-shaped structure atop the bridge’s 85 meters pylon, housing an observation deck and a restaurant / Image:

Most SNP is an asymmetrical cable-stayed bridge with a main span length of 303 meters, a total length of 430 meters, a width of 21 meters. Its steel construction is suspended from steel cables, connected on the Petržalka side to two pillars. There are four lanes for motor traffic on the upper level and lanes for bicycles and pedestrians on the lower level.

In 2003 a two year modernization has begun, during which the observation deck as well as the original interior of the restaurant have been reconstructed. The modern, minimalistic and functional reconstruction is the work of M.Maličevič, V.Krajčovič and D.Čečetka.

Τhe bridge pylon and the “flying saucer” from below / Image:

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