When the important railway line for the Reussian Oberland was to be built, the planners encountered the usual political difficulties. Resistance came mainly from the population, as they were supposed to cede parcels. After decades of delays, a route was finally chosen that was hardly a political resistance, but a high technical effort. Due to the numerous valley slopes in the region, many tunnels, bridges and viaducts were required. The biggest technical challenge was the Ziemestal Bridge. Because of the high transport costs to the Ziemestal, stone was out of the question as a building material. So they decided on steel, which was the most modern building material at the time.
In the autumn of 1893, the construction of the foundations and abutments began. The viaduct was finally completed a year later.
July 14, 2018
The Ziemestal bridge is really an engineering and construction-technical masterpiece! The bridge is accessible, the best way to get up is via an adventurous stone staircase (but there is a lot of gravel at the top) or via a solid forest path, you have to go under the bridge and turn left after about 300 meters. You can also continue on the rails above and then after two tunnels you will reach the Ottersmühle.
September 23, 2020
Fascinating building - and world famous! Obviously there are several highlights ...
A narrow tramel path goes up to the left of the bridge. I would not take this path down, however, because it is very narrow and slippery. But you can also take the steel steps (but is forbidden.). If you walk up the mountain through the bridge, another path turns left after a few hundred meters and you also reach the top of the bridge. Every path has its charms.
July 13, 2020
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