Wednesday, 6 February 2013
Müngsten Railway Bridge, Germany
Müngsten Bridge is the highest steel railroad bridge in Germany. Originally the bridge was named Kaiser-Wilhelm-Brücke (Emperor Wilhelm Bridge) to honour Emperor Wilhelm I. After the end of the monarchy the bridge was renamed after the nearby settlement of Müngsten, which is close to the city limits of Solingen, Remscheid and Wuppertal. Today, the settlement no longer exists, so Müngsten is simply a landmark.
Construction work of the bridge began in 1893 and the bridge was completed in 1897. The bridge is 107 metres high and spans the valley of the river Wupper, connecting the cities of Remscheid and Solingen. The six support columns have a maximum height of 69 meters (230 ft). In the middle of the structure, the main arc has a span of 170 meters (560 ft). The overall length of the structure is 465 meters