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Pont Grande Duchesse Charlotte
This big red bridge, which is also known as Rout Bréck (Red Bridge) met mixed feelings with the Luxemburgers when it was built in 1960. It is a distinct landmark because of its red colour. Red was then the only anti-rust paint available!
I can imagine some people do not like its modern feel to an old city. The bridge connects the old city with the area where the offices of the European Union are (Kirchberg).
There are glass walls erected on the sides of the bridge because it quickly became a preferred place for suicides. The people that live in the houses in the valley below were too often confronted with bodies of those that threw themselves off. Morbid, eh?
You can't miss it ! Vallée de la Pétrusse and Pétrusse river (saw its dry river bed) run through Luxembourg city so that bridges (Ponts & Viaducs alike) are everywhere. The area was historically built, and for some parts reshuffled, as a citadel, hence the many bridges to link a level to another.
Here on the picture, Vallée de la Pétrusse (well, a small part of it). The most classic view of it is while reaching the historical center, from the Gare Centrale station. I was walking on a viaduc when I had this view. At the right, some elegant houses, very simple and sober in architecture. But you can't see them on my picture.
For me, no doubt, the city is beautiful... rather green like a province of another big country. Still, it has its banking city reputation to maintain.
It is known as New Bridge as it is one of the newest in the city, just built in 1903 by Grand Duke Adolphe. Once it used to be the biggest stone arch bridge but not any more. The statues of the biggest stone arch bridge has gone but it still has its beauty intact even after a century.
The Adolphe Bridge, or New Bridge, as the locals call it, is one of the bridges that leads from the station to the Historic Old Town of Luxembourg. Its really worth walking over the 153m bridge as the views towards the old town are really nice and if you look over the edge you will see the Petrusse Valley below.
The Petrusse Valley at the bottom, looks like a nice place to go for a stroll, but as for getting there, I am pretty sure it will involve taking several stairs down to the bottom.
The problem will not be going down, but going up again. Not sure if there is a lift, worth asking though.
The Old bridge – in common parlance – was built between 1859 and 1861 to cross the Pétrusse valley at a height of 45 metres. It consists of 24 arches spanning either 8 or 15 metres and of pillars up to 30 metres high. The total length is 290 metres whereas the slight curve in the middle is the result of military and strategic considerations.
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The Red Bridge/ Pont Grande-Duchesse Charlotte
The Rout Bréck (Red Bridge), as it is affectionately known by locals, which is actually called the Pont Grande-Duchesse Charlotte, was built in the 1960s and is red for no other reason than the fact that anti-rust paint was only available in that colour! It connects the old part of the city with the Kirchberg plateau, which is where the offices of the EU institutions located in Luxembourg are all located. It has become necessary for anti-suicide restraints to be fitted, since it was a very popular spot for suicides.
The Adolphe bridge was built...
The Adolphe bridge was built between 1900 and 1903 and was designed by an architect named Paul Sejourne.
At that time this bridge was a daring building. Underneath the bridge is a large recreational area with parcs, through this green parts runs the river Petrusse.
Most houses around the Marche...
Most houses around the Marche du Poissons (fish market) are from the 18th century. On of the oldest buildings, 'Um Bock' even is from the 13th century.
On this window we see the Luxembourg motto: We are from Luxembourg, and that s what we want to stay! Or, as it is written here: wir wolle bleiwe wat mir sin.A window we saw close to the place where Goethe had his own room.
The bridge was built between 1900 and 1903. It spans the Petrusse River and a large green valley separating the station from the old historic city. There are beautiful views of the bridge from the valley below.
Arches in the Sky
If you’re walking around Luxembourg you won’t get very far before you encounter the bridges. With the city straddling a steep banked river valley, the bridges arch across the river to make the connection. Unlike many cities, Luxembourg seems to have bridges at different elevations, so while crossing one bridge, you see other bridges above and below heading off in different directions. It’s a bit like walking through an Escher picture.
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If you're walking around Luxembourg city, be sure to see the city's beautiful arched bridges. The one pictured here is the largest stone arched bridge...in Europe, I think. Anyways, there's a great view of the gorge from them, and the bridges themselves are a sight to behold. Explore in and around them to find neat spaces!
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A wonder of its time, the Aldophe Bridge had the greatest stone arch span in the world when it was built in 1903. Connecting the old town in Haute Ville with the train station in Gare, it has become a busy four lane thoroughfare, but it also has two footpaths which offers breathtaking views across the Grund and back to the old town.
Adolphe Bridge, Luxembourg
Luxembourg is a hilly sort of place. The capital city, which shares its name with the country, is built on a number of high plateaux, separated by the steep-sided river valleys of the Alzette and the Petrusse. Luxembourg is very far from the sea, so these are very young rivers, or 'streams', as they are sometimes known.
The high position was what gave Luxembourg its coveted place as a fortified city in centuries gone by. In modern times, it means that traffic is conveyed around the city using many tunnels and bridges.
Adolphe Bridge has become an unofficial national symbol of sorts, representing Luxembourg's independence, and has become one of Luxembourg City's main tourist attractions. The bridge was designed by Paul Séjourné, a Frenchman, and Paul Rodange, a Luxembourger.
Connecting the city centre with the Gare district is the stunning single span stone Pont Adolphe. Built in 1898-1903 and named after Grand Duke Adolphe, the 85m span was once the longest stone span in the world. It is best viewed illuminated at night, from the Place de la Constitution.
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