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Old August 15th, 2006, 08:15 PM   #1
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Germans open giant wooden bridge

The longest wooden bridge in Europe - called "The Dragon's Tail" - has been opened in the Thuringia region of eastern Germany.




The undulating bridge, 240m (787ft) long, spans a valley 25m deep near the town of Ronneburg. It is made of larch and spruce.

The town, together with neighbouring Gera, will host the German Federal Garden Show from April to October 2007.

The bridge will be a major attraction, linking two different landscape areas. The organisers hope to attract many visitors from all over Germany and Europe.

The idea of the exhibition is to show gardens and landscapes from the first awakening of spring to the floral autumn display.

The programme runs for 171 days and includes music and dance events.

Germany's MDR radio reports that the bridge will later form part of a long-distance cycling route through Thuringia.

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Old August 15th, 2006, 09:39 PM   #2
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Looks nice, don't know though why the opening of some small bridge is newsworthy.
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Old August 15th, 2006, 09:56 PM   #3
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Cool!


But please keep to concrete and steele for the Femern
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Old August 15th, 2006, 10:03 PM   #4
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Now that would be a great bridge. Doubt it'll get built anytime soon though.
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Old August 15th, 2006, 10:22 PM   #5
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Now that would be a great bridge. Doubt it'll get built anytime soon though.
Well the German economy is going better... so hopefully soon... Denmark has been ready for years, but it does ofcause meen a little more for us than you guys
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Looks nice, don't know though why the opening of some small bridge is newsworthy.
Well it hase some intresting design and technology behind it.
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Old August 16th, 2006, 02:20 AM   #7
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Well the German economy is going better... so hopefully soon... Denmark has been ready for years, but it does ofcause meen a little more for us than you guys
The economy is not the problem. It's Nimbys and Ferry companies who don't want this bridge and do everything to stop the project.
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Old August 16th, 2006, 04:38 AM   #8
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Looks nice, don't know though why the opening of some small bridge is newsworthy.
It is a pretty sweet bridge.
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It's not truly wooden though as the supporting columns and other parts are made of steel. The title "longest wooden bridge" is not justified IMO.




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He he... that's a nice and cool bridge - but NOT wooden it seems!
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This is the true "longest wooden bridge of Europe" (193m). It is located in Essing, Bavaria. Looks like Ronneburg wanted to steal the title but in order to surpass Essing they had to use too much steel to be still called "wooden".







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Sheit, dunno if I'd crossed it on a windy day
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It looks great! Very nice style
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But please keep to concrete and steele for the Femern

That bridge is supposed to connect Denmark with Germany right?
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Isn't Denmark already connected to Germany by land?
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Up to y. 1999 the longest wooden bridge in Europe was the one in Wyszogrod/Poland (btw. built by Germans in 1916') - 1300 meters. After finished a new bridge, today exist only one part (216 m.). saved as a monument.



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Isn't Denmark already connected to Germany by land?
ja,ja
very funny.
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I hate those goddamn ferry owners/employees. Ferries are unreliable while a bridge would be awesome. You'd be in Copenhagen in no time.
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Fehmarnbelt Bridge + Highspeed rail connection = Hamburg - Copenhagen in less than 2 hours!
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very interesting topic.
looks a little like the new footbridge across the Seine in Paris
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