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The Schwanenwikbrücke spans the Wandse on the eastern shore of the Alster in Hamburg.
The bridge is located on the eastern shore of the Außenalster at the confluence of the Wandse on the border between the districts of Hohenfelde and Uhlenhorst. The road "Schwanenwik.
The half-timbered arch bridge was built from 1874 to 1878 according to plans by Franz Andreas Meyer. It has a span of 26 meters with a total length of 55 meters. The structure has two granite abutments, each with a vaulted passageway for pedestrians. During the Second World War, the passages were walled up and used as air raid shelters; in the following years they were almost completely buried.
Between 1976 and 1980, the building was renovated and rebuilt. The original appearance was restored. Reinforced concrete arch replaced the central beams of iron framework. Also renewed were the corridors in the abutments and the railing decorated with tendril leaves. In addition, the bridge received eight instead of previously 15 new candelabra, which are arranged in pairs, the new lights were modeled on the original, but these do not correspond.
Since refurbishment, the bridge has a lifting capacity of 60 tonnes (previously 30 tonnes). It is today one of the oldest surviving iron structures in Hamburg and is a listed building.
February 7, 2019
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