Suspension bridge at Kühhude on Rothaarsteig, © Rothaarsteigverein, Björn Hänssler

Spe­cial bridge ex­per­i­ences

Bridging days at any time and for any taste

Some of them will take all your courage, others only need you to look at their beauty, and yet others many add a romantic flair to your wedding photo – the special bridges of North Rhine-Westphalia promise some unique experiences.

Brückensteig Müngstener Brücke, © Deepwood GmbH

Müng­sten­er Brücke trail

Tip 1

Your heart will beat faster as your knees will go soft while you work your way up slowly, step by step, along the steel arch of the Müngstener Brücke bridge. All the way up there, at a height of 100 metres, you will find a breath-taking view of the Müngstener Brückenpark and the region around it. The via ferrata above Germany’s highest railway bridge, a site unique in Europe, demands courage and a sense of adventure.

Cologne Rhine panorama in the evenening with ship, © Dieter Jacobi /KölnTourismus

The sev­en-bridges-tour by boat

Tip 2

A popular German song speaks of seven bridges to be crossed. Maybe you should simply pass under them? This is best done by boat on the seven-bridges-tour in Cologne. “Floating” town guides will regal you with stories, anecdotes, and legends about the river Rhine and the cathedral city’s bridges. The tour will take you from the south of Cologne to Mülheim in the north in the course of two hours, treating you to a small selection from the city’s 2000 years of history.

Railway viaduct in Altenbeken, © Johannes Höhn

Hik­ing to the rail­way via­duct

Tip 3

A circular tour for railway enthusiasts explores railway history on the 30-kilometre-long Viaduct hiking trail in Altenbeken in the Paderborner Land region. The tour starts and ends in the heart of the railway community of Altenbeck, where a historical steam locomotive from 1941 is housed. Its highlight is the particularly impressive view of the powerful railway viaduct – Europe’s largest railway bridge of stone.

Bridge Slinky Springs to Fame Oberhausen, © Jochen Schlutius

A brightly col­oured spir­al bridge: Slinky Springs to fame

Tip 4

It is snaking across the Rhine-Herne Canal in Oberhausen like a rope thrown across the water, captivating not only with its special appearance, but also with its unique name: Slinky Springs to fame. Shining in bright colours at night, this swinging spiral bridge by artist Tobias Rehberger is an architectural highlight in the Ruhr region. It is situated particularly helpfully right on the Emscher cycling path, which makes it an ideal destination for an evening bicycle tour.

Rhine meadows in Düsseldorf, © Düsseldorf Tourismus GmbH

Pic­nic with a bridge pan­or­ama

Tip 5

The Rhine Park meadows probably afford Düsseldorf’s most beautiful bridge panorama: Let your gaze sweep over the Oberkasseler Brücke to the Theodor-Heuss-Brücke in this place that is ideal for a picnic in sight of the bridges. Joggers and cyclists love this site, too, since the park follows the course of the river for as much as 2.5 kilometres. Summer evenings create a unique sunset romance here as the sun sets by the Theodor-Heuss-Brücke.

Wanderer Hängebrücke Kühhuhde, © @theolator

Wobbly paths on the Rothaarsteig

Tip 6

Vertigo is a bad companion if you are going to cross the small valley incision surrounding by beautiful beech forests and quiet valleys with small brooks on the 40-metre-long Kuhhüde suspension bridge along the Rothaarsteig. If this is too wobbly for you, the hiking trail does lead around it, too. Make sure to at least catch a glimpse of the impressive suspension bridge in the forest, though.

Bridge Dyck Castle in Jüchen, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Ro­mantic baroque bridge in the castle park

Tip 7

The baroque bridge in the English landscape garden of Schloss Dyck has been the backdrop for many a wedding photo. That is probably also why it has been nicknamed the wedding bridge. It’s hardly surprising since the atmosphere in this extensive park around the moated castle is just bursting with romance.

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