The hallmark of Luxembourg is the Adolphe Bridge, which spans the Petrusse River. This famous arched structure has another name, the New Bridge. As the national symbol of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, it serves as the link between the Upper and Lower Town.
The construction of the bridge began during the reign of Grand Duke Adolphe in 1900 and lasted for three years. The design of the bridge was developed by French engineer Paul Segournay. The Grand Duke himself laid the first stone in the foundation of the future bridge on July 14, 1900. The whole world community watched with interest the construction of the bridge of Adolphe in Luxembourg, because at that time it was the largest arched structure in the world. The central arch was 85 meters long and 42 meters high at its highest point, while the total length of the bridge was 153 meters.
The structure consists of four lanes: the first is for public traffic and leads to the Upper City, the other three are for private cars that cross the bridge in the direction of the Central Station. On both sides of the road is a sidewalk 1.80 m wide.
Periodically, the Adolphus Bridge is closed for repairs and reconstruction. In 1930, for example, streetcar tracks were built over the bridge, and in 1961 the first overhaul was carried out, during which the bridge was extended 1 m 20 cm. In 1976 the decision was taken to demolish the streetcar tracks and to completely resurface the roadway. Currently the bridge is closed again for reconstruction, during which the tramway tracks are to be newly installed and the bridge itself is to be widened by more than 1.5 m.
The main reason for the reconstruction is not at all the desire of the authorities to improve the ecological situation in the city by increasing the number of electric transport. The Adolfa Bridge has begun to deteriorate. The first cracks had been noticed by specialists in 1996, but the reinforcement works in 2003 and 2010 had not brought any lasting results. During this reconstruction, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2016, the best engineers in the world have been developing a system to support the bridge with 1,000 iron bars, which will reinforce the structure. Builders claim that the appearance of the Adolphus Bridge will not change during the reconstruction. All the facing stone has been numbered and sent for cleaning, after which it will be returned to its place.
On warm summer evenings, tourists and locals love to gather in cozy cafes and restaurants on the banks of the Petrusse River and admire the decorated lights and illuminations of the vaults of Adolf Bridge. But the best view of the landmark is from the Royal Boulevard.
- The prototype of the Adolphe Bridge in Luxembourg is the Walnut Lane Bridge, which is located in Philadelphia.
- The title of the largest arched structure was held by the Adolphe Bridge only until 1905, when the title passed to the Arched Bridge in Germany.
- Although the landmark is over 115 years old, locals still refer to the structure as the “New Bridge” because they built it on the site of the “old” one, built in 1861 in Passerelle Province.
- A new bridge, nicknamed “Blue Bridge” by locals, was built over the Petrusse River for the duration of the reconstruction work. After the completion of the work and the opening of traffic on the Adolphus Bridge, the Blue Bridge will be dismantled and returned to the manufacturer.
From Luxembourg-Findel Airport it is 20 minutes by car to the Pont Adolphe, taking the highway south on Rue de Trèves/N1 and then turning off on Rue Saint-Quirin towards Rue de la Semois.
We also recommend a visit to the Nei Bréck exhibition, dedicated to the history of the construction and reconstruction of the bridge.
Bridges of Luxembourg
The bridges of the capital of Luxembourg are an integral part of the city and play an important role in Luxembourg’s architecture. With over a hundred of them, the city can rightly be called the bridge capital of Luxembourg.
Bridges in Luxembourg are scattered all over the city. Here they are built in stone and steel and come in a variety of styles, including railway, road and pedestrian. By many of them you can judge the hysterical development of the capital. Two rivers, the Petrus and the Alzette, flow through the city, on which the greatest number of diverse bridges are located. A symbol of the city since 1905 is the stone Adolphus Bridge. Well known is also the Passarel Bridge, the Viaduct of Luxembourg. The Grand Duchess of Charlotte’s car bridge impresses with its beauty.
You can’t imagine Luxembourg without its bridges, grandiose, extraordinary and so necessary in this city.
Old Bridge Passerelle
The Old Bridge Passerelle is located in the city of Luxembourg. It spans the valley of the Petrus River that runs through the city, locals call it the Old Viaduct. It is an important transportation link between the banks of the Petrus River, with footpaths and a highway. The Old Bridge was built between 1859 and 1861 and is a landmark of Luxembourg.
Today the Old Passerelle Bridge connects the center of Luxembourg with its southern outskirts. And originally it was built to communicate the central part of the city with the new train station, which was built far on the outskirts so as not to interfere with the defense of the city. The bridge was designed by engineers Edouard Grenier and Auguste Letellier. The construction of the bridge for 2 years was engaged in the British company Waring Brothers. The length of the bridge – 290 meters, the height above the river valley – 45 meters. The viaduct Passerelle includes 24 arches and is a scenic landmark of Luxembourg.
The coordinates are: 49.60615000,6.13365600
Adolphe Bridge has become the unofficial national symbol of the city, representing Luxembourg’s independence, and is a major tourist attraction.
Although the bridge is over 100 years old, it is also known as the “New Bridge”, in comparison to the “old” bridge in the province of Passerelle, which was built between 1859 and 1861.
The first stone of the Adolphus Bridge was laid on July 14, 1900, but it was opened just over three years later. The bridge was originally used by both automobiles and railroad traffic.
The Adolphus Bridge was first repaired in 1961. The last reconstruction of the structure began in 2011 in connection with the LuxTram city streetcar project. Also in connection with this was built a temporary bridge to relieve the traffic.
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Bridges of the World
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