The Old Bridge was until 1869 the only bridge over the Main. Frankfurt already had 57,000 inhabitants at that time and the old bridge was no longer enough. The city of Frankfurt refused to build another bridge because of the construction costs.
Thus, the Frankfurt residents and traders resorted to self-help. Share certificates were sold with their proceeds the bridge was built. When finished, everyone who wanted to cross the bridge had to pay for a cruiser. After 27 years, the bridge had earned its production costs, the shareholders were paid out with a bonus of 5% and the city of Frankfurt got the bridge on 01.01.1886 assigned.
After ever larger ships drove on the Main and 1910 a coal transporter stuck to the lower edge of the bridge 1912 was a new, built higher.
When the fleeing Wehrmacht had blown up the Ironbridge and all other main bridges in the last days of the war, it was rebuilt in 1946 and raised again in 1969 by 40 cm.
The Greek inscription on the northern bridge arrow reads: "I drive over the wine-red sea to 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
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