A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
004: Houses on a bridge
It is not common to meet houses on a bridge, but in Bad Kreuznach, they are there for centuries. These so-called Brückenhaüser were constructed on the Nahebrücke (Nahe Bridge) in the fifteenth century, whereas the bridge itself was built around 1300. The bridges on the rivers Nahe, Worth and Mulhenteich served to connect the Altstadt (Old Town) and Neustadt (New Town) in Bad Kreuznach, and with the neighboring cities of Trier and Mainz. The houses were inhabited by merchants and withstood flooding and wars. One of the bridge houses in Bad Kreuznach even has a cannonball in its wall, probably shot by Swedish troops in the seventeenth century. The bridges suffered serious damage at the end of WWII, when German troops destroyed part of them during their retreat. The damage was repaired ten years later.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2010, 2017