The Napoleons Bridge is an arch bridge built between 1846 and 1849 over the Wupper in Müngsten between the cities of Solingen and Remscheid at the mouth of the Morsbach. It is placed under protection as an architectural monument.
At the beginning of the 19th century, there was an increasingly urgent need for a road link between the two prospering industrial cities of Remscheid and Solingen, today's federal highway 229. Plans began in 1816 and were completed ten years later. While Remscheid had already brought the road to the Wupper near Müngsten until 1823, the expansion on Solingen's side was delayed until 1845 due to disputes.
For Wupper crossing a bridge was now required. This was built in 1819 as a wooden bridge, but destroyed again in 1840 by a flood. Somewhat south of the old bridge location in 1846 the construction of the Napoleon Bridge was started from stone, which should have been completed by 1847 according to some information. However, a stone in the building records the year 1849 as the date of completion. The quarry stones were recovered from a nearby quarry near Gockelshammer.
In 1848, the traffic was released over the bridge and set up a stagecoach line in the same year. At the bridge was in the former home of the family Halbach a popular tourist restaurant and until the 1960s, the restaurant "Haus Müngsten".
The bridge served through traffic until 1963, was then replaced in the course of the expansion of the federal highway 229 and the new building of the state road 74 by a modern, laterally next to it erected prestressed concrete beam bridge. From then on, it served exclusively pedestrians, mostly hikers as Wupper crossing. For the opening of the Müngsten Bridge Park, the bridge was completely refurbished in 2006 and 2007 in the context of the 2006 Regional in two stages.Source: Wikipedia
March 28, 2018
The Napoleons Bridge is an arch bridge built between 1846 and 1849 over the Wupper in Müngsten between the cities of Solingen and Remscheid at the mouth of the Morsbach. It is placed under protection as a monument.
August 14, 2019
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