List of bridges over the Rhine

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This is a list of railway bridges over the Rhine.

Railway Crossings[edit]

Existing and former railway bridges, with the nearest train stations on the left and right banks:

Vorderrhein[edit]

  • Switzerland
    • A total of five bridges on the line, Andermatt – Reichenau-Tamins (all single tracked, electrified, 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) gauge)

Hinterrhein[edit]

  • Switzerland
    • A total of two bridges on the line, Filisur – Reichenau-Tamins (both single tracked, electrified, 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) gauge)

Alpenrhein[edit]

  • Switzerland
    • At Untervaz (industrial branch line, single tracked and non-electrifed, combined 1005 mm and 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) gauge)
    • Between Bad Ragaz and Maienfeld (double tracked, electrified, 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) gauge)
  • Liechtenstein and Switzerland
  • Austria and Switzerland

Hochrhein[edit]

The Rheinfall rail bridge, just upstream of the Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen

Upper Rhine[edit]

Konrad Adenauer Bridge between Ludwigshafen and Mannheim
  • France and Germany
    • Between Huningue and Weil am Rhein (single tracked, destroyed in World War II)
    • Between Chalampé and Neuenburg (single tracked, electrified, freight only — passenger service only on weekends)
    • Between Neuf-Brisach and Breisach (single tracked, destroyed in WW2)
    • Between Strasbourg and Kehl (double tracked from December 2010 for the first time since 1944, electrified: single tracked 1956 - 2010.)
    • Between Rœschwoog and Rastatt-Wintersdorf (double tracked, used as street bridge since 1949, line closed 1960, rails were preserved for strategic purpose until 1999)
  • Germany

Middle Rhine[edit]

  • Germany
    • Hindenburg Bridge between Rüdesheim/Geisenheim and Münster-Sarmsheim/Ockenheim (double tracked, destroyed in WW2)
    • Between Koblenz Hbf and Niederlahnstein on Lahn Valley Railway (double tracked, electrified)
    • Between Koblenz-Lützel and Neuwied on Neuwied–Koblenz line (double tracked, electrified)
    • Ludendorff Bridge between Sinzig/Bad Bodendorf and Unkel (double tracked, destroyed in WW2)

Lower Rhine[edit]

The Hohenzollernbrücke in Cologne

Strategic bridges[edit]

The bridges at Huningue, Rastatt, Rüdesheim (Hindenburgbrücke) and Remagen (Ludendorffbrücke), were built for strategic military reasons only, in order to allow the Imperial German Army and later on, the Wehrmacht, to quickly transport forces by rail to Germany's western border in the event of a war with France. Unlike other bridges built for the same purpose, such as the ones at Koblenz or Cologne, these bridges were of almost no use in peacetime and thus, were never rebuilt, after their destruction during the last months of World War II, except for the one at Rastatt, which was used to supply units of the French Army stationed in the area.

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