From bridges suspended at dizzying heights to historic bridges with houses built into them, Germany offers it all. It has an astounding diversity in bridges and never fails to disappoint. These are the longest, highest, scariest and the most unique bridges from all corners of the country.
Rakotzbrücke, also called the Devil’s Bridge, looks like something that belongs in a fairytale.This unique looking bridge is tucked away in a small park in Saxony, Germany. It is designed so that when the water is still, the bridge forms a perfect circle with its reflection. Stepping onto the bridge is prohibited in order to protect this precious monument. Theincluding the jagged entire bridge is human made, , rocky spires on either end of the bridge and the pointed rocks that sit out in the lake.
The Bastei is one of Germany’s most unique landscapes. This surreal bridge appears to have naturally merged into the craggy sandstone of Elbe Mountain range in German Saxon Switzerland National Park. From the bridge, you can feast your eyes on the River Elbe, Lilienstein Mountain, the Koenigstein Fortress, and much of the untamed wilderness of Saxon Switzerland National Park.
Teufelsbrücke is an unmissable beauty spot in the UNESCO-listed Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe in Kassel, Germany. This pedestrian bridge is steeped in legends, and looks down at a gushing waterfall below. The water eventually cascades into the castle pond, and feeds the 52-meter-high Great Fountain.
Berlin’s double-decker bridge Oberbaumbrücke, built in 1895, links the two Berlin districts of Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain separated by the River Spree. Traffic runs on the lower part and U-Bahn trains (U1) on the second level. This beautiful architecture also has historical significance, as it served as a checkpoint for traffic moving from West Germany to East Germany during the Cold War.
The Merchants’ Bridgein in Erfurt dates back to the year 1325. A couple of centuries ago, near the ford across the River Gera, two prominent trading places needed to be connected. Thus was born Merchant’s Bridge that played its role in Erfurt’s prosperity. This is the longest European bridge with inhabited houses on its entire span. The bridge is tightly packed with beautiful half-timbered building on both sides, with a small alley in the center. The church Ägidienkirche marks the east end of the bridge.
The Hohenzollern Bridge over the River Rhine in Cologne is a magnet for tourists. Firstly, it offers a picture-postcard view of the Cologne Cathedral in all its glory. Secondly, the fences of this rail-and-pedestrian bridge are covered with love locks that couples fix there and throw the keys into the Rhine in the hope of everlasting love. Both locals and tourists take part in this romantic tradition.
The Hängeseilbrücke Geierlay is not for the faint-hearted, but those who dare to cross it are rewarded with thrills and jaw-dropping views. This pedestrian-only suspension bridge is 360 meters (1,180 ft) in length and suspended at an altitude of up to 100 meters (330 ft), connecting the villages of Mörsdorf and Sosberg. If you have the nerves to look down from the bridge, you will see dazzling green valleys with the Mörsdorfer Bach stream bubbling through it. It is open at all hours, and access to the bridge is free.
So next time you plan a vacation in Germany or you are moving to Germany, do not forget to visit these beautiful bridges. You will gather an experience for the lifetime.
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