Magdeburg Water Bridge, Germany
Ranked #7 in Germany Tourism
Traditionally, aqueducts were meant as water supplies, but within the 17th century they began to be used for traffic as well. This particular bridge in Germany is truly extraordinary – how often do you get to see something that seems like reminding a river flowing above another river? Well, The Magdeburg Water Bridge looks exactly like that.
Magdeburg Water Bridge Trivia
The Magdeburg Water Bridge crosses the Elbe River and is a connection between the Elbe-Havel Canal and the Mittellandkanal. Initially these canals met on the opposite sites of the river, which was at a lower level than they, thus making the traffic from one canal to the other very complicated. This issue bothered Germans even way back in the beginning of the 20th century, and a construction of a link between the canals began in 1930. Unfortunately, like many objects, this one was not to be finished due to the World War II and therefore the building of the bridge was suspended for more than 60 years until the fall of the Berlin Wall and overall reunification of the country, when the construction of a bridge between the canals again became an important issue for the Germans. The construction began on 1997 and after six years of work and costs of 500 million dollars it was finally opened.
The Magdeburg Water Bridge is considered as a great feat of engineering and therefore attracts tourists as well. Special boat road trips are offered, but you can also simply take a walk of a bike-trip as there are also some pedestrian paths along the sides of this magnificent modern version of ancient aqueducts.