When I went to the Federal Garden Show in Ronneburg during June 2006 I crossed over the wooden bridge in the photograph. It was later on that I discovered that it was the longest wooden bridge in Europe. The previous record holder was held with a wooden bridge in Wyszogrod, Poland, which was replaced in 1999. The bridge connects two different landscaped areas and is constructed of larch and spuce. Called the ‘dragon’s tale’ it spans a 25 metre deep valley and is 240 metres in length and cost 1.7million euros to construct. Now that the Federal Garden Show has finished, the bridge now forms part of a 240 kilometre long distance cycle route across Thuringia.
The site at Ronneburg was a former uranium mining site and has been transformed in 5 years from a wilderness to landscaped gardens. It is situated 10kms from the other site at Gera, covers an area of 45 hectares and is slightly hilly. There is a large open tent where different displays take place each day. Two of the displays I saw, were horn playing and the other was birds of prey. There is a 230m bridge that spans a valley and it is one of the longest wooden bridges in Europe. A 23m climbing and viewing tower, 4 large play areas for the children.