One of the most impressive buildings of the 19th century: The Göltzschtalbrücke near Reichenbach is the largest brick bridge in the world and spans the valley of the river Göltzsch with a total of 98 arches. The Leipzig–Hof railway still runs on two tracks over the viaduct today. Both from below and from above, the bridge offers an impressive view.
Boldly, countless arches of brick swing over the deep valley of a tributary of the White Alster. Trains travel at dizzying heights, as if they were floating through the sky. Sometimes mist rises from the Göltzsch in the morning, illuminated by the rays of the rising sun, bathing the massive viaduct in a golden haze. A truly unforgettable sight that you should not miss.
The 78-meter-high Göltzsch Valley Bridge near Reichenbach was completed in July 1851. Its construction had begun in 1846. Johann Andreas Schubert was the designer who started the world’s very first statically calculated bridge with this overpass. Under the direction of two engineers, Robert Wilke and Ferdinand Dost, the project took shape - and has endured to this day. Since 2007, the bridge has been considered a historic landmark of the civil engineering art.
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