Road Cycling Highlight
The Old Bridge was first mentioned in documents on May 10, 1235, making it the oldest bridge in Frankfurt. For the development of the city, it represents an important milestone. For centuries, the Old Bridge was the only connection between the two Frankfurt shores and one of the most important traffic routes beyond the city limits. Originally, the Old Bridge was a wooden structure. Only since the beginning of the 15th century are pictorial representations showing the building in stone. The present Old Bridge was inaugurated after a new building from 1912 to 1926 by the Lord Mayor Ludwig Landmann. Shortly before the end of the Second World War, the German Wehrmacht blew up two of its eight vaulted arches. After a provisional construction, the bridge was rebuilt in 1965. 2013 was a renovation, with the Old Bridge also got a new appearance. Since October 2016, the statue of Charlemagne is back on the bridge. It is a faithful copy of the statue from 1843, which stood on the Old Bridge until 1914 and will have a permanent place in the new building of the Historical Museum. The symbol of the Old Bridge is the crucifix with the golden "Brick Gickel" on the top. In the fifteenth century, sinners who suffered the death penalty by drowning should serve as a reminder of repentance. After the restoration, the "Brickegickel" returned to the Alte Brücke in November 2017. A special feature is the Main Island, which is located on both sides below the bridge and over the centuries repeatedly changed its shape. It is about 300 meters long and about 30 meters wide. Between two bridge piers in the middle of the Main Island is the boathouse of the Frankfurt rowing club of 1865, the oldest rowing club in the city. Also on the Maininsel since 2006 is the Portikus, an exhibition institution for contemporary art. Since 2006, the exhibition hall Portikus has been located here.
Type: arch / box bridge
Construction time: 1st bridge 1222 + 2nd bridge 1912-1926 / 1965
Total length: 237, 36 m
Width: 19.50 m
Headroom ship: 8-9 m
Use: - Road bridge
- pedestrian and bicycle bridgefrankfurt.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=11627242&_ffmpar[_id_inhalt]=10115179
September 19, 2018
It is the oldest bridge over the Main in Frankfurt. Originally it was made of wood and has been rebuilt and destroyed many times in the course of its history - most recently by the Wehrmacht in World War II.
From the Alte Brücke you have a beautiful panorama of the Frankfurt skyline.
March 2, 2020
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