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The Magdeburg Water Bridge - the country's architectural pride

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The Magdeburg Water Bridge - the country's architectural pride

Germany is a paradoxical country: medieval buildings and modern constructions, ancient ruins and gems of modern architecture coexist here. One of them - the Magdeburg Water Bridge - epitomized two qualities at once: the bridge became one of the most visited landmarks of the city and has an important transport function. The structure is unique - there is no other like it in Europe. If you plan to visit Magdeburg, put the bridge on your list of places to visit. Captains of ships sailing this waterway love to wave and say hello to pedestrians - who knows, what if you hear the captain's greeting?

History of the construction of the Magdeburg Bridge

History of the construction of the Magdeburg Bridge

The idea of building a water bridge was first suggested in 1919, when the question arose of a transport link between two important canals: the Elbe-Havel and the Central German Canal. Within 20 years, the bridge supports and a boat elevator for small cargo ships were built, but the First and then the Second World War forced a halt in the construction of the facility. At the very beginning of the Cold War, during the division of Germany into parts, construction was postponed "until better times." After the reunification of the German parts the authorities resumed the construction in 1997, and in 2003 the object was put into operation.

The importance of the bridge is that it connects 3 major economically important cities for the country: Berlin, Hanover and Magdeburg. Ships had to make a twelve-kilometer detour before it could be built. The creation of the water bridge, which essentially became a "river across the river," greatly accelerated the delivery of goods between the ports.

Parameters of the water bridge

Parameters of the water bridge

  • Length - 918 meters, of which 690 over land, 228 over water.
  • Width - 34 meters.
  • Depth - 4.25 meters
  • Swing - 106 meters
  • For the construction were used 68 thousand cubic meters of concrete and 24 tons of steel.

What attracts tourists?

What attracts tourists?

Everyone who is interested in unusual modern structures should be here. Developed infrastructure allows you to fully enjoy the Magdeburg Water Bridge:

  • Parking is provided.
  • There is a museum that tells the history of the construction of the bridge.
  • Equipped pedestrian and bicycle paths
  • Tourists have the opportunity to ride a unique boat elevator - the only one in the world.

Interesting facts

  • Five hundred million euros were spent on the construction of the bridge.

  • Thanks to the construction, the capacity of barges was increased: they were allowed to carry one and a half tons more cargo.


Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Kuban State University, Russia (World Economics); Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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