"The Old Elster Bridge" Plauen Things to Do Tip by Kathrin_E
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The old bridge is one of the oldest stone bridges in this part of Germany (not wanting to repeat the local superlatives). It dates back to the 13th century, first mentioned as "pons lapideus" (stone bridge) in 1244. The river crossing served for an important trade route in former times. It used to have a tower at each end but these are long gone.
Nowadays the old bridge is open to pedestrians only. Street traffic and trams use the newer Friedensbrücke a few metres further upstream, which was built in 1903-1905.
The slope next to the bridge used to be the location of Plauen's castle. The castle was destroyed in World War II. Only the keep, called "Roter Turm" (Red Tower), has been rebuilt (photo 4).
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