Dresden
The bridge “Blaues Wunder”

The Loschwitz Bridge in Dresden is also called the "Blaues Wunder". She connects Blasewitz and Loschwitz with each other.

On 1.9.1893, construction began on the fifth Dresden Elbe bridge, which until 1912 was still called the König Albert Bridge.

Loschwitz Bridge

The bridge “Blaues Wunder” (literally: blue miracle; figuratively: German idiom for a great surprise or shock) is a peculiar bridge. It is a suspension bridge. The lanes have been fixed to the bridge with riveted flat iron ties. They are not vertically fixed to loops as they normally would be on other suspension bridges, they hang from bars that form two frameworks. Joints made of steel springs serve as brakes and movement within the bridge is not possible without a certain amount of tension. The bridge was made of wrought iron pieces. Construction took less than two years and the bridge was inaugurated on the 17th of July 1893.

During its construction, the bridge was regarded as very unusual because despite its great width it did not need a river bridge pier to be stable. That’s why it got called a miracle. It got its name “Blaues Wunder”, blue miracle, because of its light blue colour. Even today, people believe the legend that the bridge was originally painted green, but that the colour magically transformed into light blue overnight. There is evidence, however, that shows that the bridge has been blue all along.

Loschwitz Bridge
Loschwitz Bridge

The citizens of Dresden managed to prevent the detonation of the bridge. Two tram lines used to cross the bridge until 1985. Today, due to a reduced working load limit, only vehicles up to 15 tons are allowed on the bridge. This bridge, which officially goes by the name Loschwitzer Brücke, is the oldest bridge that crosses the Elbe and became a landmark of the city.

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