Loschwitz Bridge

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Loschwitzer Brücke
Blaues Wunder
Loschwitzer Brücke - Blaues Wunder 1.jpg
Coordinates 51°03′13″N 13°48′39″E / 51.053611111111°N 13.810833333333°E / 51.053611111111; 13.810833333333Coordinates: 51°03′13″N 13°48′39″E / 51.053611111111°N 13.810833333333°E / 51.053611111111; 13.810833333333
Carries Motor vehicles (up to 15 tonnes), trams (until 1985), pedestrians and bicycles
Crosses Elbe
Locale Dresden (BlasewitzLoschwitz)
Official name Loschwitzer Brücke
König-Albert-Brücke (until 1912)
Maintained by Straßen- und Tiefbauamt Dresden
Characteristics
Design Cantilever
Total length 280 metres (920 ft)
Width 12 metres (39 ft)
Longest span 146 metres (479 ft)
History
Designer Claus Koepcke
Hans Manfred Krüger
Opened July 15, 1893
Statistics
Toll free since 1923

Loschwitz Bridge (Loschwitzer Brücke) is a cantilever truss bridge over the river Elbe in Dresden the capital of Saxony in Germany. It connects the city districts of Blasewitz and Loschwitz, two affluent residential areas, which around 1900 were amongst the most expensive in Europe. It is located close to Standseilbahn Dresden funicular railway and the world's oldest suspension railway Schwebebahn Dresden, as well as near the Dresden TV tower. The bridge is colloquial referred to as Blaues Wunder ("Blue Wonder"). This common name purportedly referred to the bridge's original blue colour and being seen as a technological miracle at the time; it is also understood to carry the cynical connotation referencing the German idiom ein blaues Wunder erleben meaning "to experience an unpleasant surprise" (literally: "to experience a blue wonder"), reflecting the skeptical view of contemporary commentators.

View from Blasewitz riverside

After a two-year construction time, the bridge was completed in 1893 at a cost of 2.25 million Goldmarks and named König-Albert-Brücke in honor of King Albert of Saxony. In the 19th century, a bridge of this length without supporting river piers was considered a technological masterpiece. Today the technology is less miraculous, but the bridge is a much-loved symbol of the city.

The original bridge toll was renounced during the 1923 hyperinflation. Near the end of World War II, the bridge was saved from being destroyed by an SS unit when two people cut the detonator wires to explosives.[1] Preserved in its original construction, the advanced age of the structure in recent years has led to some traffic limiting. It was until the opening of the Waldschlösschenbrücke on 26 August 2013 the only Elbe crossing in Dresden East of the city centre.

Blue Wonder (Loschwitzer Brücke) and Waldschlösschen Bridge (in red)

The surrounding area of 19.3 km2 (7.5 sq mi) of the Elbe meadows was declared a cultural World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 2004, but lost the title in 2009 following the construction of the Waldschlösschenbrücke, meant to relieve congestion on the Blue Wonder.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Taylor, Frederick (2004). Dresden: Tuesday, February 13, 1945. New York: HarperCollins. pp. 383–284. ISBN 0-06-000676-5. 

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Coordinates: 51°03′13″N 13°48′39″E / 51.05361°N 13.81083°E / 51.05361; 13.81083