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.
In October 2018, Hellmut Seemann, President of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar, and Peter Kleine, mayor of Weimar, jointly opened the newly rebuilt Salon Bridge in Tiefurt Park.
The Salon Bridge is located at the heart of the historical garden monument and is part of the “Classical Weimar” UNESCO World Heritage ensemble. In 2013 floodwaters damaged the bridge so severely that the Klassik Stiftung Weimar had to close it to pedestrian traffic and replace it. The new bridge fits perfectly with the historical models of the landscaped park and once again completes the ensemble of nearby park structures and the Tea Salon, built by Anna Amalia in 1806.
Based on a design by Clemens Wenzeslaus Coudray, the new bridge is a modest, narrow footbridge supported by wooden beam constructions moored in the riverbed. Although no drawings exist of the early bridge, historians were able to draw concrete conclusions about its original design based on textual descriptions and cost proposals. Its colour was chosen on the basis of historical descriptions and in close consultation with the Weimar Office of Monument Conservation. Moreover, in view of the likelihood of future floods, the Klassik Stiftung placed great value on permanence and durability. The main cross supports are made of massive, laminated larch timber, and the wooden pylons in the riverbed are made of oak.
The construction of the bridge and connecting paths took place between April and October 2018. The project was financed through the “Construction Assistance Programme for Removing Damage Caused by the Floodwaters from 18 May to 9 July 2013 in Thuringia for Cultural Organisations and Cultural Monuments Irrespective of their Funding Bodies”. The construction costs totalled approximately 503,000 euros.
Following the replacement of the Swinging Bridge in the Park on the Ilm, the Salon Bridge is the second bridge the Klassik Stiftung Weimar has reconstructed with financing provided by the 2013 programme for removing flood damage.