Sunday, July 6, 2014

2014 Germany Trip - Würzburg's Old Main Bridge (Alte Mainbrücke)

Location: Würzburg, Germany

German: Brücke is German for bridge; here Mainbrücke is so called because it is a bridge over River Main

Itinerary and full experience of my visit to Germany can be accessed through the link below:


It was noon when I arrived at the Old Bridge over Main River (Main is the name of the river, not an adjective), and I was ready to cross to the other part of Würzburg, its other half across the river. Upon leaving the cluster of buildings in the Old Quarters, I was dazzled by the sight which greeted me, a clear and unobstructed view across the river. It seemed that the sight of the bridge was just as mesmerizing as the various architectures across Würzburg.

Where ever I went in Germany, as long as there is a bridge and a place to hold a lock, I would find love locks.

Being a weekend in a university town, it meant that students were abundant, and no place was more congregated than the area leading to the bridge and on the bridge itself. A few enterprising cafes served wine to the queue of students and travellers to sip and chat to their heart's desire while basking under the warm sunlight while their hairs were constantly pasted to their face by the strong gusts rushing past the bridge.

A gathering on the bridge

Social engineering

Bridge to Würzburger Dom

The bridge leads almost unobstructed to the catehdral of Würzburg if one were to turn around to look.

There were 2 spots in Würzburg where I got an unobstructed view of the town - the Alte Mainbrücke was one of them, and the other was the hilltop where the Marienburg Fortress was situated on. Down here at the bridge, the river Main extended to the far horizon, part of it hidden from direct sight where it bent and snaked through the land.

Stepping onto the bridge, I was immediately caught in the rushing wind's path, its cold tendrils slicing my face and making me wish that I had bought a cup of comfortably warm coffee to sip while crossing the river. No wonder why the majority of the locals loved sipping something to warm the body while on the bridge.

River of Main

This is one of the main rivers of Germany, sweeping past various important cities and towns, and shaping politics and economics in the past.

The fortress on the hilltop

Its majestic silhouette against the sky.

Frothing currents

Flowing underneath the bridge, the river kicked up a fuss before continuing on its journey.

Looking forward while crossing the bridge, the fortress stood steadfast over the hilltop, looking down at the town just as its original owner had in the past. It was a fantastic sight, especially when the sky was dotted with random patches of cloud, not blotting out the blue sky but enough of them floating around to lend it a photogenic view.

The photographer in me asked me to turn around and looked back, and I was surprised to see that the road led nearly unobstructed all the way to Würzburg Dom, the main cathedral of the town. The bridge itself was no lack of photogenic beings, statues which stood steadfast against the elements, each held a post which significance was lost on me.

Ward of the cross

The Librarian

The One Bishop

The fake statue

Street performers like this one here would love to adorn themselves like a statue, their camouflage so good and pose so still that you might take them as one if you did not pay attention.

Poles and Spires

Lovely as the bridge was, it was merely a link for me to reach the other end of the bank. For there lied another target of my visit, the fortress which was visible from afar, perching high atop the hill. I was heading for Festung Marienberg.








Environment:         A bridge filled with photogenic statues
Suitable for:            History buffs, photographers
Visit worthiness:   8/10
Historical value:        5.0/5.0
Architectural value:  3.5/5.0
Photographic value:  3.5/5.0
Landmark value:       4.5/5.0

Entrance Fee:                   free
Opening Hours:              anytime
Best Moment to Visit:  anytime
Length of Visit:               less than 1 hour

Address:                   97070 Würzburg, Germany




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