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Eiserner Steg - Iron Footbridge, Frankfurt am Main: 6 reviews and 16 photos
The Eiserner Steg, or in English "the Iron Bar", is one of the old bridges over the River Main in Frankfurt. Built in 1869, it is actually one of the oldest bridges in the entire country! The bridge was always intended as a pedestrian link between the two sides of the river. One of the earlier requirements for the bridge was to provide for the increase in beer consumption in Frankfurt, and the old pedestrian bridge was too small to handle the increased load!
The beer drinking population of Frankfurt (along with other private investors) financed the bridge construction through donations, not from government tax money. In 1911, the bridge was made higher above the water to allow for larger ships to pass. Sadly, the center section of this great bridge was blown in 1945 to slow the advance of the Allies. The city quickly rebuilt this vital beer route and it was back in operation by November 1946.
The north side of the bridge shows the water height during the major floods of Frankfurt's history. It is marked with the quote "River and brooks are released from the ice."
Directions: Due south of the Romer.
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