Old Bridge, Heidelberg

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    City Gate (Stadt Heildelberg)

    by machomikemd Written Oct 26, 2015

    The City Gate of Heidelberg lies at the southern end of the famous Old bridge and it leads to Steingrasse Street leading to the Church of The Holy Spirit. The city gates were built in 1788 alongside the old bridge and was formerly used as a guardhouse and jail.

    the official name of Heidelberg's famous old bridge is Karl-Theodor-Brücke, which is one of the major attractions in Heidelberg and it leads to the Old Town (alstadt) as well. The bridge is 200 meters long (655 feet) and was built in 1788 by Prince Karl Theodor hence the name of the bridge. The bridge is Built of Neckar valley sandstone and it connects the old town to the banks of the Neckar at the eastern end of the Neuenheim district of which at the eastern end is the famous medieval Bridge Gate. along the bridge are two prominent sculptures of which one is a monument to Prince Elector Carl Theodor, who had the bridge built. The other is devoted to the Roman goddess Minerva. You can take wonderful selfies of the Heidelberg Castle along the bridge as well.

    Address: Heidelberg, Baden Wurtenberg, Germany

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    Karl-Theodor-Brücke (statues)

    by machomikemd Written Oct 26, 2015

    this will be my pictures of the various markers and statues in and around the famous Bridge such as the old monkey and the Minerva statue.

    the official name of Heidelberg's famous old bridge is Karl-Theodor-Brücke, which is one of the major attractions in Heidelberg and it leads to the Old Town (alstadt) as well. The bridge is 200 meters long (655 feet) and was built in 1788 by Prince Karl Theodor hence the name of the bridge. The bridge is Built of Neckar valley sandstone and it connects the old town to the banks of the Neckar at the eastern end of the Neuenheim district of which at the eastern end is the famous medieval Bridge Gate. along the bridge are two prominent sculptures of which one is a monument to Prince Elector Carl Theodor, who had the bridge built. The other is devoted to the Roman goddess Minerva. You can take wonderful selfies of the Heidelberg Castle along the bridge as well.

    Address: Heidelberg, Baden Wurtenberg, Germany

    Directions: Heidelberg, Baden Wurtenberg, Germany

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    Karl-Theodor-Brücke

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 26, 2015

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    the official name of Heidelberg's famous old bridge is Karl-Theodor-Brücke, which is one of the major attractions in Heidelberg and it leads to the Old Town (alstadt) as well. The bridge is 200 meters long (655 feet) and was built in 1788 by Prince Karl Theodor hence the name of the bridge. The bridge is Built of Neckar valley sandstone and it connects the old town to the banks of the Neckar at the eastern end of the Neuenheim district of which at the eastern end is the famous medieval Bridge Gate. along the bridge are two prominent sculptures of which one is a monument to Prince Elector Carl Theodor, who had the bridge built. The other is devoted to the Roman goddess Minerva. You can take wonderful selfies of the Heidelberg Castle along the bridge as well.

    Address: Heidelberg, Baden Wurtenberg, Germany

    Directions: Heidelberg, Baden Wurtenberg, Germany

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    Alte Brücke

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Mar 22, 2014

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    The famous Old Bridge is one of the last large examples of classical stone bridge building. It links the old town to the banks of the Neckar at the eastern end of the Neuenheim district.
    It was built of Neckar valley sandstone in the 18th century by Prince Karl Theodor.
    There are two sculpture groups by Konrad Linck on the Old Bridge. One is a monument to Prince Elector Carl Theodor, who had the bridge built. The other is devoted to the Roman goddess Minerva (in Greek, Pallas Athene). The monument to the Prince Elector is closer to the south shore of the Neckar. The figures arranged on the two-level base around the monument symbolize the most important rivers of the lands governed by Carl Theodor: the Rhine, Mosel, Danube and Isar.

    Website: http://www.heidelberg-marketing.com/experience/sights/alte-bruecke-old-bridge.html

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    Beautiful bridge ….

    by jlanza29 Written Nov 12, 2013

    The first Heidelberg bridge was built by Karl Theodor (1742-1799), which explains it's official name "Karl-Theodor-Brücke". Altogether, the bridge was rebuilt 9 times; more than likely victim of flooding. In 1788, it was finally rebuilt completely in stone and supported by 8 posts. The double-armed bridge gate comes from the late middle ages. The towers served the bridge keeper not only as an apartment, but also as a dungeon for prisoners. In 1945 both rooms above the gateway were refurbished as artistic apartments.

    Very cool site …. too bad we were getting dumped on with heavy rain on the day we were there ...

    Address: old town

    Great views from the bridge

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    The Old Bridge - Carl-Theodor-Bridge

    by JessH Updated Apr 25, 2011

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    All great romantic cities have a river: Prague has the Vltava, Paris has the Seine, Florence the Arno, and Heidelberg the Neckar river.
    "Die Alte Bruecke" (=the old bridge) is named after Kurfuerst (Prince Elector) Carl Theodor and apparently is Germany's 2nd oldest bridge.
    The stone structure itself is not actually ancient (built in 1788, destroyed in WWII, rebuilt in 1947) but has been preceeded by ancient wooden structures, the first one dating back to the year 1284! Of course, these wooden bridges weren't very sturdy and didn't survive floods, ice and rot over the years.
    The bridge has nine (9) red sandstone arches, blending-in perfectly with the same building material used throughout the old town. On these arches you can see the marked heights and dates of historic and recent floods in the Neckar Valley. A few years ago (2001) the bridge was finally closed to traffic in order to preserve this endangered monument. Nowadays, (thankfully) only pedestrians & bicycles are allowed to cross.
    --> NOTE: The bridge is a great spot for photographing the castle.

    You will notice two (2) statues on the bridge.One is a monument to Prince Elector Carl Theodor. The statue was restored last year (in 2006) and I witnessed the unveiling ceremony (see pictures). The figures around his feet symbolize the most important rivers of the lands governed by him: the Rhine, Mosel, Danube & Isar.

    He was also said to be a great fan and supporter of the arts & sciences. That's why the other statue is dedicated to the goddess of wisdom (Roman goddess Minerva; in Greek: Pallas Athene).

    (see my separate tip on the famous Heidelberg Bridge Monkey)

    Address: Street: "Am Hackteufel", old Heidelberg

    Directions: Neckar shore, old town. Close to the Holy Ghost/Sprit Church.

    The old bridge in Heidelberg, Germany Cobbled beauty: old bridge in Heidelberg Actor dressed as Kurfuerst Carl Theodor Unveiling of new Carl-Theodor Statue (2006) Unveiling of new Carl-Theodor statue (2006)
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    The Neckar River and the Old Bridge

    by Nemorino Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Old Bridge or Carl Theodor Bridge was originally built in 1786-88. It was destroyed by retreating German soldiers at the end of the Second World War, but was quickly rebuilt and was reopened on July 26, 1947.

    To get a better picture of it, with the castle in the background, you should go over to the other side of the river and walk downstream a ways. I was too lazy to do this, obviously. But maybe next time.

    The Neckar River and the Old Bridge

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    Alte Bruecke

    by Maryimelda Written May 18, 2010

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    The Alte Bruecke (Old Bridge) spans the beautiful Neckar River. It is about the fifth bridge built in that spot. The first four were wooden and were destoyed by fire and flood. It was not until the latter part of the 18th century that Prince Elector Karl Theodore ordered the construction of a stone bridge.

    Directions: You'll find it a block away from the Marktplatz, a very short walk.

    The Alte Bruecke The beautiful Neckar River
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    Alte Brücke

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Jul 22, 2009

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    The "Alte Brücke" in Heidelberg, also named "Karl-Theodor-Brücke" after the nobleman who established it, connects the Old Town with the suburb of Neuenheim on the opposite shore of the Neckar. A bridge across the Neckar is documented since medieval times, but the bridge in its present form dates back to 1788. The bridge gate though is even older and dates back at least to the 16th century. Interesting details of the bridge are several classicist statues of antique goddesses and a statue of St. Nepomuk on the Neuenheim river bank.

    The modern sculpture of the "Brückenaffe" ("bridge monkey") relates to an ancient relief on the bridge showing a monkey with a mirror, according to legend intended to teach all new arrivals entering the city some humility.

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    Heidelberg Monkey

    by cjg1 Written Mar 4, 2009

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    The Heidelberg Monkey is a "tourist" attraction. If your headed for the bridge, you can't miss him on the left side. Stick your head in the monkeye mask for a picture or just rub the mirror for luck. I was told rubbing the mice next to the statue grants you fertility....hmmmm...how many times did Liz and I touch the mice?!

    The inscription on the base of the monkey translates as:
    Why are you looking at me? Haven't you seen the monkey in Heidelberg? Look around and you will probably see, more monkeys like me."

    Cheeky Monkey Fertility mice!?

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    Bronze monkey at the bridge

    by nhcram Updated Sep 28, 2008

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    You cannot fail to miss the monkey sitting at the side of the old bridge which crosses the Neckar river.
    Apparantly there has been a statue of a monkey here for hundreds of years but the present one has only been here for 20 years or so. You won't be alone if you pose here. In fact Chris had to queue to be a typical tourist!
    There is a sign by the monkey which reads something like "why are you looking at me ? There are plenty more monkeys in Heidelberg"

    Directions: On the edge of the old bridge

    A typical tourist

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    Great Place to Relax

    by cjg1 Written Jul 21, 2008

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    The old bridge is a great place to relax and take in the sights of Heidelberg. The views from the river are among the most amazing in Germany in my opinion and each time I have been here I have spent at least thirty minutes to an hour just hanging out watching the world.

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    Alte Brucke (Old Bridge)

    by Hikerpark Written Jun 15, 2008

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    Prince Elector Karl Theodor instructed that this bridge be built in 1786. On the town side, one can see the medieval bridge gate which was originally part of the town wall.

    The interesting thing about the Alte Brucke is that you will want to get pictures of it and also take pictures of other things while you are on it. It is a very picturesque bridge which is impressive from all angles. However, don't miss strolling across it either as the views of Heidelberg from it are spectacular, especially the Schloss.

    Address: Intersects with Neckarstaden at Stelingstrasse

    Directions: Follow the Hauptstrasse to the Fischmarkt. Walk around the Fischmarkt and find Stelingstrasse and you will see the towers of the Alte Brucke

    Website: http://www.historicgermany.com/3589.html

    A view of the Alte Brucke from the Schloss The gate of the Alte Brucke A view of the Alte Brucke from the Neckarstaden The bridge gate and river Neckar from the Schloss Another view from the Schloss
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    Spot the monkey........

    by leics Written Jun 12, 2008

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    O dear.

    I thought this was a cat at first

    But it's a monkey (honest), holding a mirror. This sculpture dates from 1979, but apparently the first bridge monkey was in place during the fifteenth-century. That one disappeared in the late 1600s though, and is probably long since melted down for scrap.

    But I wonder why there's a monkey there at all?

    Address: Old Bridge, city side

    Directions: To the left of the Bridge Gate, as you walk from the city.

    Really not a cat........
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    The Heidelberg Bridge Monkey

    by JessH Updated Jul 10, 2007

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    West of the Old Bridge Gate you'll find something quiet un-German: the Heidelberg Bridge Monkey. He holds a mirror in his left hand, with a sly smile on his face. This bronze sculpture was installed here in 1979 by Professor Gernot Rumpf.

    Apparently there was a bridge monkey in Heidelberg as far back as the 15th century. Old drawings of the town show it next to the tower on the north end of the bridge. Seems like the old one disappeared sometime in the 17th century. Nobody is sure how or why.

    The plaque next to the statue reads:
    "Why are you looking at me? Haven't you seen the monkey in Heidelberg? Look around and you will probably see, more monkeys like me."

    Crazy German humor? Well, I think it more likely means that Heidelberg is a city with visitors from all over the world, of different cultures, religions and nationalities. So don't stare - cuz to somebody out there you're an exotic monkey, too! Another interpretation confirms my theory:
    "As you look at me, world (or traveller), don't laugh too quickly at me - because if you were to look at humanity or even into a mirror, you might just see something equally funny."

    Apparently it's good luck to touch the mirror the monkey is holding, but don't ask me why the artist gave this primate huge brass "unmentionables"... There are also 2 mice that sit next to the monkey (see photo). These are the artist's signature.

    The touristy-thing to do is to stick your head inside the monkey's mask and take a picture (see my photo)... the embarrassing things I do for V.T...!

    (See my seperate tip on the Old Bridge.)

    Address: Old Bridge, near the Hollaenderhof Hotel

    Directions: "Am Hackteufel" Street, old Heidelberg.

    A stupid tourist sticking her tongue out (me...) The monkey viewed from the bridge The plaque of the Heidelberg monkey The mice and old bridge, Heidelberg The bridge monkey in Heidelberg
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