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Marienbrücke (Queen Mary's Bridge)

Marienbrücke (Queen Mary's Bridge)

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: July 7, 2017

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Pedestrian Walkway Over Pollät Gorge
Schwangau (Hohenschwangau): Swabia (Schwaben), Bavaria (Bayern): Germany (Deutschland)
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1866 By Builder/Contractor: Maschinenbau-Gesellschaft Nürnberg, Klett & Co. and Engineer/Design: Heinrich Gottfried Gerber
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Main Span Length
115.0 Feet (35.1 Meters)
Structure Length
115.0 Feet (35.1 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
1 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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Above: ca. 1900 photo of bridge and Neuschwanstein Castle

This unique bridge is one of the most popular destinations for tourists wishing to get photos of Neuschwanstein Castle, because this footbridge offers one of the best views of the castle. In fact, this bridge often supports a considerable live load of pedestrians as people form a dense crowd on the bridge in an attempt to get their photos. However, the bridge itself is also a highly significant historic structure. It was designed by Heinrich Gottfried Gerber, a noteworthy engineer who only a year after designing this bridge, went on to design the first modern cantilever truss bridge in the world. A brief discussion of his cantilever bridge can be found in a context discussion on this page. The bridge is also noted for its early 1866 construction date, and its hingeless arch design. The bridge retains good historic integrity including original railing, largely unaltered arches, and intact builder and engineer plaques. The bridge is well-maintained also.

Above: A photo of Heinrich Gottfried Gerber.

Above: Photo of Neuschwanstein Castle taken from on the bridge.


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