Nguyen Thanh Hai

Frankfurt am Main is known as a financial and banking hub in Europe and is home to the third largest exhibition center in the world. Founded in 794 by the Holy Roman Emperor, this city straddles the Main River. This river has shaped its identity.
Flößerbrücke bridge
Once you leave the financial district behind and stroll along the Main, another world greets you on bridges that connect the Old Downtown of Altstadt on the right bank to the Sachsenhausen District on the left bank. Standing on the stone bridge called Alte Brücke and overlooking the left bank of the Main River, you can admire the contrasting yet tranquil architectural gems of Frankfurt. Gothic towers of cathedrals and houses from the Holy Roman Empire mingle with square functional Bauhaus residences across the river. Further back, clusters of modern high rises sparkle in the financial district. Off yonder lie two famous pedestrian bridges: the Eiserner Steg Iron Bridge and Holbeinsteg suspension bridge. Behind Alte Brücke lies a panoramic view of the special skewed concrete bridge of Flößerbrücke.
View of Frankfurt from Alte Brücke

Alte Brücke

The Alte Brücke, which literally means “Old Bridge”, is synonymous with the founding of Frankfurt am Main. It was first constructed of oak wood in medieval times, then rebuilt with red sandstone by 1222. The bridge measures 237.4m long and 19.5m wide. On the top of the central arch lies a cross and a golden rooster figurine. On the southern side of the bridge’s façade is a sun dial and an eagle. Near the left bank of the bridge lies Maininsel Island, a habitat for various aquatic birds and a crucial sanctuary for migratory birds. Hence, this island is not open to the public.

For centuries, Alte Brücke was regarded as the finest bridge in Frankfurt. The panoramic view from this bridge inspired many artists including Conrad Faber, Matthäus Merian, Anton Kirchner, Anton Radl and Domenico Quaglio.

Eiserner Steg

Eiserner Steg

This iron pedestrian bridge connects Römerberg Old Town and the Sachsenhausen District. Built in 1868 and measuring 170m long, it comprises a steel cast bracket and two piers. Eiserner Steg offers panoramic views of both riverbanks. When crossing this bridge, pay attention to the breathtaking views of the northern horizon and Museumsufer Area, and the Museum Area on the southern bank. Couples like to place padlocks on this nearly 150-year-old bridge as a symbol of their enduring love. These colorfully decorated locks add a romantic touch to this bridge, which is now a unique tourist attraction for visitors.

Holbeinsteg Suspension Bridge

Holbeinsteg Suspension Bridge

Built in 1990 as part of the master plan to connect the downtown with museums in the Sachsenhausen District, this footbridge is a favorite with Frankfurters. The bridge measures 210m long and 4m wide. It boasts two A-shaped blue towers that hold two red cables woven with angled grey blue cables. The bridge is lit up at night. Holsteinberg is the contemporary answer to the old Eiserner Steg. From the city’s downtown it is now easy to reach Stadel Museum, one of the most important art museums in Germany. Works by the revered German painter Hans Holbein, one of the greatest portrait painters of the 16th century, may be found here. Holbein was also known for his religious stained glass. This bridge was named after him.

Flößerbrücke

Flößerbrücke      

This special bridge was built at an angle of around 70 degrees between the two ends. It is also the only traffic bridge in Frankfurt to have but a single tower, which stands 21.5m high and is heavily skewed to the right. The bridge was built in 1984 and spans 221m. Designed by Egon Jux, this bridge triggered heated controversy due to its asymmetry and single high tower. Since the bridge spans two contrasting currents in the river, with an island on the left, the right of the bridge must withstand more pressure. The bridge was built 70 degrees diagonally to the main current, so that its only tower could be planted where more strength was needed. The team succeeded in creating an extremely rare skewed bridge.