What’s in a name!
Since it’s completion in 1972, the UFO tower bridge in Bratislava has been known by three different names; Most SNP, Novy most and UFO Bridge. Most SNP (Most Slovenského národného povstania) literally translates to Bridge of the Slovak National Uprising. Novy Most translates to new bridge and of course UFO needs no translation.
From 1972 to 1993 it was refereed to as Most SNP, however in 1993 it was changed to Novy Most to unify its name with that used by the people. In 2012 the Mayor petitioned a vote to change its name back to Most SNP. It is advertised as UFO bridge in English speaking tourist brochures.
The bridge is the world’s longest cable stayed bridge which also happens to be asymmetrical. Of course, unless you’re an engineer or especially interested in bridges the bridge itself is of no real concern, it is the flying saucer shaped restaurant and viewing platform which attracts visitors.
Walking the bridge
We chose to walk from Old Bratislava (which was mostly destroyed by the construction of the bridge) and across the bridge. It’s just short of half a kilometre long (430m) and takes just a few minutes to cross. You can walk on either side of the bridge and get a different view each time. Each pedestrian area is separated to the sides with the cars driving through its centre. Every time a car goes past, you can feel the bridge move!
Climbing up there
When I wrote climbing, I might have embellished the truth somewhat as for the majority of the way you catch the elevator! It isn’t exactly strenuous although the last bit of the journey comprises of two series of metal steps.
The entrance fee is approximately 7 euros for adults and 3 or 4 for children. Foolishly I didn’t keep my ticket stub!
The view from the top