Bike Touring Highlight
The Schwanenwikbrücke spans the Wandse on the east bank of the Outer Alster in Hamburg.
The bridge is located on the east bank of the Outer Alster at the confluence of the Wandse on the border between the districts of Hohenfelde and Uhlenhorst. The street “Schwanenwik.
From the bridge you have fantastic views of the Outer Alster.The truss 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 of which offers a vaulted passage for pedestrians. During the Second World War, the passages were walled up and used as an air raid shelter; in the following years they were almost completely buried.
Between 1976 and 1980 the structure was renovated and rebuilt. The original external appearance was restored. Reinforced concrete arches replace the central iron framework. The corridors in the abutments and the railing decorated with tendrils have also been renewed. In addition, the bridge received eight instead of the previous 15 new candelabra, each of which is arranged in pairs, whereby the new lights are based on the original ones, but do not correspond to them.
Since the renovation, the bridge has a load capacity of 60 tons (previously 30 tons). Today it is one of the oldest preserved iron structures in Hamburg and is a listed building.
February 7, 2019
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