Bike Touring Highlight
The Reichsbrücke is one of the most famous bridges in Vienna. It crosses the Danube, the Danube Island and the New Danube and connects the 2nd district of Vienna, Leopoldstadt, with the 22nd district, Donaustadt. The building stretches from the Mexikoplatz at the Handelskai (2nd district) in a northeasterly direction to the Donau City and the Vienna International Center (22nd district).
The present Reichsbrücke was opened in 1980; it is the third Danube crossing in the same axis, which bears the name Reichsbrücke. The first Reichsbrücke (also: Kronprinz-Rudolf-Brücke, as project: Reichsstrassenbrücke), an iron bridge over five pillars, existed from 1876 to 1937. The second Reichsbrücke, a chain bridge with two 30-meter-high pylons on two main pillars, was opened in 1937 ; she was next to St. Stephen's Cathedral and Riesenrad one of the symbols of the city of Vienna. After the Second World War, it was the only intact Danube crossing in Austria downstream of Linz and developed into the busiest street in Austria. On Sunday, August 1, 1976, the bridge crashed in the early morning hours on full width of the Danube into the water. In the misfortune, which had not been foreseeable in the state of the art at the time, a man was killed. The significance and the emotional charge which the bridge had gained through its turbulent past among the Viennese population increased further as a result of the collapse.
April 6, 2018
You can use the Reichsbrücke by subway, on foot or by bike to cross the Danube. All three possibilities have something for themselves.
With the U1, you are over quickly. On foot you can enjoy every meter. By bike it's a feeling of highness consisting of the feeling of the wind, the stepping into the pedals and the swift passing of the railing. :)
June 26, 2017
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