Magdeburg Water Bridge - Crossroads of Water Arteries


An intersection is a completely normal occurrence in everyday life, in the event that it concerns highways. But there are such crossroads in the world that look unreal, but, nevertheless, exist. One of these intersections (the language does not dare to say roads) is in Germany near the town of Magdeburg.

The intersection is not easy. One "road" is above the other. Also surprised me! - you say. And you will be right, if not for one significant but. It is not cars that move along these roads, and not even steam locomotives with carriages. The carriageway is intended for ... ships. Yes, it is river vessels that move along the upper and lower "road". To make it clearer, take a look at this photo.

Magdeburg water bridge
Magdeburg water bridge

Agree, an interesting sight.
The water bridge is located 13 kilometers north of the city of Magdeburg and originates in the town of Hohenwart on the right bank of the Elbe.

Magdeburg water bridge on the map

  • Geographic coordinates of 52.230881, 11.701224.
  • Distance from the German capital Berlin is about 120 km to the west.
  • The nearest airport, Braunschweig-Wolfsburg, is approximately 80 km away.
  • Address: 6PJ2 + 9F Hohenwarthe, Germany.

An amazing bridge serves to connect the most important navigable canals of the region - Elbe-Havel and Central German.

The idea of ​​creating such an interesting design is dictated by German pragmatism. An industrial area called the Ruhr Valley was in dire need of this crossing. Before that, in order to get from one channel to another, river vessels made a loop of 12 kilometers. They overcame the Rotenzi lock from the Central German Canal, then along the Elbe channel and through the Niegripp lock entered the Elbe-Havel Canal. This was accompanied by a great loss of time required for the passage of the locks.

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Plus, the heavily loaded barges had a strong draft, and their navigation along the Elbe was quite difficult. The ships had to be loaded partially. And this is already a loss of money, which the Germans are good at counting.

water bridge in Germany

The idea of ​​creating a bridge arose in 1919, but then the First World War prevented the implementation of the plan. Then, by 1938, the first piers of the bridge were built. But then the world was stirred up by the Second World War, and construction stopped. After the end of the war, Germany was divided into two parts. The building was forgotten for decades. After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany, plans to build an outlandish crossing were revived again.

Construction resumed only in 1997 and was completed in 2003. Now the navigable bridge is an important link in the region's economy. About 500 euros, 000 cubic meters of concrete and 68 tons of steel structures were spent on the construction of the Magdeburg Bridge. The result is the grandest water bridge in Europe.

Magdeburg water bridge in numbers

  • The width of the "carriageway" is 34 meters.
  • Depth - 4,25 meters.
  • The length of the spans reaches 106 meters.
  • The total length of the bridge is 918 meters, but only 228 meters extends directly above the Elbe, the remaining 690 meters are already above the ground.
Magdeburg water bridge
This is what part of the bridge over land looks like.

In addition to the water crossing, there are footpaths on the bridge, where hundreds of tourists can watch as multi-ton barges "rush" by.

Magdeburg water bridge
Sometimes crowds of tourists come to watch the passage of ships on the water bridge

Magdeburg water bridge photo

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Magdeburg water bridge under construction
Magdeburg water bridge
Water crossing over the Elbe
Water bridge in Germany
Passage of the next ship on the water bridge
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Magdeburg water bridge. View from above
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Magdeburg water bridge. View from space