Tower Bridge is one of London's famous bridges and one of its most iconic landmarks. From the bridge, you get a breathtaking view over London. The bridge was opened in 1894 to ease road traffic while maintaining river access to the busy Pool of London docks. Built with giant moveable roadways that lift up for passing ships, it is to this day considered an engineering marvel. It is free to walk over the bridge, of course.
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July 31, 2019
It is certainly the most famous bascule bridge in the world: the Tower Bridge over the Thames. By the way, the bridge does not have its name because of its two towers, but is named after the nearby Tower of London.
Although a major road passes through them, shipping still has priority. For particularly large ships, the two middle bridge parts are folded up. However, the two rockers are only opened so far that the respective ship can drive through. Completely open (up to 86 degrees), however, the bridge will only honor on special occasions or to name certain personalities. Such as. 1965 for the funeral procession of Winston Churchill.
The Tower Bridge was built between 1886 and 1894 in order to solve the traffic problems of that time and at the same time to enable ships to access the harbor facilities. It was built of steel and then the towers were covered with limestone to give the bridge a more beautiful look. The (visible) metal parts were painted red-white-blue on Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee, British national colors. Since then, these colors have been retained.
The road over Tower Bridge is an important traffic artery, with about 40,000 cars passing through every day. To protect the historic structure, motorists must keep to a speed limit of 20 miles / hour (about 30 km / h).
May 16, 2017
Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London built between 1886 and 1894. The bridge crosses the River Thames close to the Tower of London and has become an iconic symbol of London.
October 19, 2018
Along with Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge is one of the symbols of London and probably one of the most beautiful bridges in the world. The 244 meter long suspension and bascule bridge over the Thames was only built at the end of the 19th century and connects the districts of Tower Hamlets and Southwark.
Tower Bridge is one of the hotspots for tourists. A walk along the almost 50 meter long pedestrian walkway opens up a unique view of London. But the bridge not only offers a beautiful view, it is also a museum. Learn all about the history of the bridge at the Tower Bridge Exhibition!
In 2014 the pedestrian bridge received an update. The new, modern look now includes a walk-on glass floor that is 11 meters long and 1.8 meters wide, from which you can look around 40 meters down at moving cars, bicycles and boats.
Unfortunately, this is not necessarily recommended for people who are afraid of heights, but for everyone else the glass floor is one of the highlights in the city. The only true highlight is and remains of course the folding mechanism of the bridge.
March 30, 2022
Tower Bridge is one of the must-see landmarks of London and probably one of the most famous bridges in the world. The 244 meter long suspension and bascule bridge over the Thames should not be missing on any city tour. On the almost 50 meter long pedestrian walkway you have a unique view of London and since 2014 there has been an 11 meter long walkable glass floor in almost 40 meters, only for those who are free from giddiness.
May 4, 2022
Tower Bridge is a road bridge over the River Thames in London and is named after the nearby Tower of London. It opened in 1894 and connects the borough of Tower Hamlets on the north side with the borough of Southwark in the borough of London Borough of Southwark on the south side. The main road A 100 leads over the bridge. Tower Bridge is a neo-Gothic bascule bridge and the easternmost Thames bridge in London.
July 21, 2022
Take a good look at the lampposts lining the iconic piece of infrastructure, and you’ll realize one isn’t a lamppost at all. It’s a chimney, painted a bright blue to match the lampposts, just without a light on top.
The seemingly out-of-place chimney is a relic of London’s industrial past. The cast-iron flue used to be connected to a coal fire in a room tucked underneath one of the bridge piers, where the guards on duty could warm up.
April 3, 2022
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