The Old Bridge was the only bridge over the Main until 1869. At that time, Frankfurt already had 57,000 inhabitants and the old bridge was no longer sufficient. The city of Frankfurt refused to build another bridge because of the construction costs.
So the Frankfurt residents and traders took to self-help. Share certificates were sold with the proceeds of which a second bridge, the Eiserne Steg, was built. When this was completed, everyone who wanted to cross the bridge had to pay for a cruiser. After only 27 years, the bridge had earned its production costs, the shareholders were paid out with a bonus of 5% and the city of Frankfurt received the bridge on January 1st, 1886.After larger and larger ships sailed on the Main and in 1910 a coal transporter got stuck on the lower edge of the bridge, a new, higher one was built in 1912.When the fleeing Wehrmacht had blown up the Eiserner Steg and all other Main bridges in the last days of the war, it was rebuilt in 1946 and raised again by 40 cm in 1969.The Greek inscription on the northern bridge arrows reads: "I am going across the wine-red sea to meet people of other languages."
July 1, 2018
The story of its origins is unusual: The construction of the Ironbridge is not due to public initiative but to those of the citizens of Frankfurt who wished for a pedestrian connection between Sachsenhausen and the Old Town in the 19th century. Unusual is also the dedication: The steel structure of the bridge adorns high above the heads of a quote from the "Odyssey" of the ancient poet Homer, which reads: ΠΛΕΟΝ ΕΠΙ ΟΙΝΟΠΑ ΠΟΝΤΟΝ ΕΠ ΑΝΘΡΣ ΑΝΘΡΩΠΟΥΣ (translated: "sailing on wine-colored sea to other people" ).
April 28, 2019
The Eiserne Steg is a pedestrian bridge built in 1868 in Frankfurt am Main, which leads across the Main and connects the Römerberg with the Sachsenhausen district. The bridge was replaced in 1912 by an enlarged construction, which was blown up in the last days of World War II, rebuilt in 1946 and thoroughly renovated in 1993.
March 12, 2018
The Eiserne Steg is a pedestrian bridge over the Main in Frankfurt between the old town and the Sachsenhausen district that has existed since 1868. The first version was replaced in 1912 by a widened and reinforced construction, which was also raised. The Eiserne Steg is one of the most popular photo spots in Frankfurt with a view of the Frankfurt skyline and of course the Main. It is crossed by about 10,000 people every day, many of whom have their "love locks" attached to the railing.
The footbridge has a clearance height of 6.5 m and is 174 m long. In terms of construction, it is a steel cantilever bridge.
August 14, 2020
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