Carl Theodor Old Bridge (Alte Brucke), Heidelberg

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Bridge Historic Site
Named in honor of the man who constructed it, Carl Theodor Old Bridge (Alte Brucke) stands as one of Heidelberg's most iconic landmarks. Admire the bridge's nine giant sandstone arches and its massive ornate gate. Wander from bank to bank of the Necker river for camera-ready views of the old city's churches, spires, and fortress. Keep an eye out for the statues--one is Carl Theodor--along the bridge. Don't miss the tribute to the former resident "bridge monkey" on the south bank. The bridge was partially destroyed by the retreating German Army in 1945. Extensive efforts to repair it included original materials. Add Carl Theodor Old Bridge (Alte Brucke) to your Heidelberg travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Heidelberg vacation planner.
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  • If the weather is good, worth a walk from hauptstrasse and then go along the river and then to the bridge. Possibly you can also see a great sunset from there.  more »
  • Nice old bridge, but actually was better to look at from the castle or up from the hill than to actually walk along it. When we went out on it, we very quickly left since it is just a bridge when you ...  more »
  • We walked across the bridge to take picture. The are beautiful gates before you cross and the other side are lined with magnificent old homes.  more »
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  • One of the most romantic sites in Europe. Sunsets are perfect. View of the old town, the Neckar river, and Heidelberg Castle.
  • Beautiful bridge. But crowdy. Also there was a street musician.
  • Stone bridge crossing the Neckar River. The Bridge Gate dates from Middle Ages .
  • Historic view, coming into Heidelberg.
  • Next to the monkey through the awesome gate to the beautiful historic bridge. Fabulous views from the bridge to to city.

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