Blaues Wunder, Dresden

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    Blue Wonder Bridge

    by BruceDunning Written Dec 11, 2011

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    To the south of town by the palaces that set along the Elbe is the bridge called Blue Wonder-Blaus Wunder. It is the next to oldest bridge in Dresden because the rest were destroyed by WWII invasions. This suspension bridge is from 1893, for 2.25 million, and pictures denote a great scene

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    Blaues Wunder and surrounding

    by german_eagle Updated Dec 26, 2010

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    "Blaues Wunder" (Blue Wonder) is a bridge across the Elbe river (built 1891 - 93). It is one of Dresden's landmarks. Built w/o a pillar in the river it is a technical masterpiece. But its nickname results from the colour, which changed from green to blue some weeks after it was completed.

    Once in this area you should also explore the surrounding residential quarters. Blasewitz was (and still is) one of the favourite residential areas. In late 19th/early 20th century rich entrepreneurs used to build splendid villas with beautiful gardens there. Since this part of Dresden has not been destroyed in WWII you can still find most of these villas. On the opposite bank of the Elbe river is its pendant called Loschwitz. Beautiful villas nestle on the slopes of the hills while picturesque timber-framed houses from past centuries create a village-like ambience between Körnerplatz and the river.

    A funicular (1894/95 one of the oldest in Europe) takes you from Körnerplatz square (Loschwitz) up to another fine residential area - Weisser Hirsch - with more beautiful villas and a fantastic viewing point (Luisenhof).

    A suspension railway (the oldest in the world 1898 - 1900) takes you from Körnerplatz square to a neibouring hill and great vista point (Oberloschwitz).

    Don't miss Cafè Wippler at Körnerplatz and the beer gardens near the bridge.

    Please see also my Pillnitz page for information on the surrounding areas.

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    Blaues Wunder

    by Kathrin_E Updated Oct 4, 2008

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    "Blaues Wunder" (translates to blue wonder or blue miracle) is a German saying referring to very unexpected surprises, it can also be a threat: "You'll experience your blaues Wunder if you ... !!!" (Insert mischief of your choice.)

    The bridge got its name because, shortly after its opening in 1893, the originally green paint turned blue due to the effects of sunlight. Or so the legend tells.

    It's a fact, however, that during GDR times the blue paint faded to a greenish turquoise (in the meantime it has received new paint). In the early 90's I observed a cute little situation due to that...

    Location: Loschwitzer Höhe, the platform next to the top station of the suspension railway, overlooking the valley, the river and the bridge. Dull grey weather makes colours look even more faded.
    Next to us, a mother with her little son, maybe 5 years old.

    Mother is telling something about the Blue Wonder.
    Son: "Mama, what is the Blue Wonder?"
    Mother: "The green thing down there."

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    The big bridge

    by lina112 Written Oct 27, 2006

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    The Blue Wonder is bridge over the Elbe river that connects Dresden-Blasewitz and Dresden-Loschwitz. It is located close to funicular railway and also to the Dresden TV Tower.
    The bridge was completed in 1893. The "blue" in the name comes from the colour of the bridge. The saying goes that the bridge was originally painted green, but that the weather (or some say the sun) turned the bridge blue.In 1945 various different people saved the bridge from being destroyed by the Nazis, all independently from one other and under danger of death.

    La maravilla azul es el puente sobre el rio Elba que conecta los distritos de Balsewitz y Loschwitz. Esta situado cerca del funicular y de la torre de televisión. El puente fue terminado en 1893. Lo del color azul viene que al principio fue pintado de color verde pero debido al tiempo cambió al color azul que tiene actualemente. En 1945 varias personas salvaron al puente de ser destruido por los nazis.

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  • A blue bridge

    by sabsi Written Jun 12, 2006

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    The people of Dresden lovingly call this bridge which connects the suburbs Blasewitz (Schillerplatz) and Loschwitz (Körnerplatz) "Blaues Wunder" (Blue Miracle). Why you wonder? After all it's just a bridge? I wondered, too. And found it out during our lovely boat trip underneath the bridge.

    Why blue? Because the bridge is painted in a light blue colour. There are rumors that it was painted green when being built in 1893. Because of the sunshine the yellow parts of the green colours disappeared over the years which turned the bridge blue. This rumour is definitely not true.

    Why a miracle? Because the steel bridge was the first bridge in Europe not to have a central column in the river, only one near the left bank and one near the right bank.

    The area around the bridge is very nice as well. We only drove by twice in the car and I especially loved Schillerplatz with its nice old buildings. I would have loved to explore that area a bit more. Oh well, next time!

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    Blaues Wunder

    by Leipzig Updated Sep 25, 2005

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    This bridge was built in 1893 to connect the districts of Blasewitz with Loschwitz. It was once painted in blue and constructed without an additional pillar in the Elbe therefore it derived its name “Blaues Wunder" ("Blue Wonder Bridge”).

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    the "Blaues Wunder" bridge

    by tini58de Updated Apr 19, 2003

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    The "Blaues Wunder" bridge (blue wonder bridge) has connected the two Dresden townships of Blasewitz and Loschwitz since 1893.

    The name originates from the blue color and the "wonder"ful construction.

    In 1945 the bridge was planned to be blown up, but two men cut the fuse and thus saved this remarkable technical monument.
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    Blaues Wunder, Castles and...

    by Bigs Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Blaues Wunder, Castles and more!
    At the southwest end of the city the lovely scenery of the Sächsische Schweiz starts to hold your breath...The 'Blue Wonder' is a bridge crossing the Elbe. It´s painted blue that´s where the name comes from. This region is perfect for a longer walk around the elbufer I would say, have to try it next time....

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    Blaues Wunder

    by Antji Updated Nov 21, 2004

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    See the BLAUE WUNDER ! That is a name of a popular bridge and the color of the bridge is really blue;-)!
    You can drive with car or walk over the bridge or you can walk on the Elb under the bridge.

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