MarienBrücke (Maria Bridge) – Schwangau, Germany - Atlas Obscura

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MarienBrücke (Maria Bridge)

A unique bridge with an equally unique view. 


This bridge, famous for its view of the fairytale castle of Ludwig II, oddly enough predates the castle by nearly half a century.

The MarienBrücke (Maria Bridge) is a steel bridge next to the Neuschwanstein castle. The bridge was first constructed from wood in 1845 by King Maxmillian II of Bavaria and named after his wife, who was an avid hiker.

The couple’s son later rebuilt the bridge out of steel in 1866, around the same time he started construction on the castle. The bridge was designed with a completely new architectural method, utilizing steel cables and stretchable constructions to create a rigid bridge above the well over 200 feet (90 meters) from the ground. 

Know Before You Go

The bridge is freely accessible but has been closed since the beginning of 2021 due to construction work until probably autumn 2022. It can still be viewed from the castle and surrounding area. 


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