Reconstruction of the Nature Bridge in the Park on the Ilm

Our Nature Bridge, together with the nearby cliff stairway, the “Needle Eye” and cliffside spring, are among the most beautiful areas in the historically protected Park on the Ilm. The park grounds enjoy special distinction as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Nature Bridge was originally constructed in 1799 and has been repaired and restored numerous times over the course of its history. For many years, the historical bridge was fitted with log railings. Based on this traditional design, the Klassik Stiftung Weimar decided to replace the flood-damaged bridge with a reconstruction featuring the characteristic railings made of natural logs. The supporting beams of the new bridge will comprise two durable steel-box girders, the abutments will be strengthened with state-of-the-art technology, and the natural wooden railings will be made of sapwood-free Robinia.

After the reconstruction of the bridge, the surrounding vegetation, paths and embankments will also be restored. The restoration of the nearby paved surfaces and vegetation will be limited to specific areas and based on historical models.

We appreciate your understanding that several park paths to and from the bridge will be closed during reconstruction. Until the Nature Bridge is reopened in autumn 2019, we have installed a temporary bridge and pedestrian signs to help you find your way through the Park on the Ilm. Cyclists can use the main paths designated for bicycle use (Corona-Schröter-Weg).

Projects of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar are funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Free State of Thuringia, represented by the State Chancellery of Thuringia, Department of Culture and the Arts.

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