Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)
If you drive south of the Elbe and want to go to or from Wittenberge, you will come across this bridge. The route on the main road is too dangerous. If there is oncoming traffic on the bridge, it is advisable to push. The boards are not all solid anymore. It is also advisable to keep your distance from the vehicle in front.
June 2, 2018
On the Altmarkrundkurs we made station in Wittenberge and this railway bridge offers a good opportunity to get over the Elbe. By the way, there is still a wonderful view over the Elbe. Actually, cyclists should descend in favor of pedestrian traffic, but since this is virtually non-existent, also slow cycling at walking tempo :-D
July 27, 2017
Wittenberge Bridge (Railway)
First a wooden bridge, in June 1847 the Magdeburg-Wittenbergesche railway company started building the first 1443-meter-long bridge train across the Elbe.
Between 1883 and 1884 the wooden structure was replaced by a wrought iron framework.
From 1909 to 1911 the river bridge was completely rebuilt. The swing bridge was replaced by a steel truss bridge.
At the end of the Second World War, on April 12, 1945, the last two superstructures in front of the Wittenberger Ufer and the power pillar in between were blown up.
Between 1946 and 1957, the bridge was made operational in individual sections. So that these two tracks could then be used.
Due to the electrification of the railway line, the entire, approximately 70-year-old bridge train was finally replaced by a 1030-meter-long new building between 1982 and 1987. It was the longest new bridge built by the Deutsche Reichsbahn.
Note to cyclists:
"The bridge is a footpath". That means cyclists would have to dismount and push their bikes across the bridge.
September 17, 2017
The bridge is currently being renovated and is expected to be completed in late 2021. The path is being exchanged and is only half-finished (early March 2020). I do not know whether the other side can also be driven on or has been set up as an alternative.
So you should plan extra time to switch to an alternative route if necessary.
March 1, 2020
Info: The sidewalk running east and parallel to the railroad tracks cannot be used from February 17, 2020 to October 31, 2022 due to renovation measures on the bridge.
Instead, a temporary walkway is built on the west side. This can be used at your own risk. Bikes have to be pushed. The narrow width of 1.35 m requires careful use and mutual consideration.
March 8, 2020
The footpath / bike path over the bridge was so far very narrow and bumpy (the ground consisted of wobbly wooden planks). When a cyclist came towards you, there was hardly any room to evade. The path is actually only for pedestrians, but is also used by cyclists, as it is basically the only way to cross the Elbe as a pedestrian or cyclist. The other (road) bridge over the Elbe does not have a cycle path and the cars there drive pretty fast and hardly show any consideration for cyclists.
At the moment, however, the footpath over the railway bridge is being rehabilitated (as long as you can use the footpath on the other side of the bridge). I hope that a proper cycle path over the bridge is planned for the renovation, which is where the Elberadweg, the busiest long-distance cycle path in Germany, runs.
August 22, 2020
From the bridge you have a very nice view of the Elbe. The foot / bike path over the bridge is quite narrow and bumpy (cyclists should get off and push here), but is currently just renovated. Afterwards there will hopefully be a bike path over the bridge that is easier to drive on. Unfortunately, the path will then again lie on the eastern side facing away from Wittenberge. As long as the construction work is going on, pedestrians and cyclists have to use the bridge path on the western side facing Wittenberge, from which there is a great view towards Wittenberge and Wittenberg harbor.
July 27, 2020
From the bridge you have a very nice view of the Elbe. The foot / bike path over the bridge is quite narrow and bumpy (cyclists should get off and push here), but is currently being used. just renovated. After that there will hopefully be a bike path over the bridge that is easier to navigate. Unfortunately, the path will then be on the eastern side facing away from the Wittenberge. As long as the construction work continues, pedestrians and cyclists have to use the bridge path on the western side facing Wittenberg, from which one has a great view towards Wittenberge and Wittenberg harbor.
August 22, 2020
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