This week’s Pic of the Week takes us to the village of Morgenröthe-Rautenkranz, located along the Zwickau Mulde River in the Vogtland Region in the State of Saxony in eastern Germany. During a bike tour along the river in the Fall of 2017, where I went from Schneeberg to this village, I managed to lose myself from the Mulde Bike trail and ended up on the main highway, the B-283 leading to Klingenthal. And it was a good thing I did for two reasons:
- I found the German Space Museum in the village, which was dedicated solely to the first German astronaut to reach outer space. Sigmund Jähn, who was born in the village in 1937, flew into space in the Soyuz Space Capsule on 26 August, 1978. The cosmonaut (which was the official term during the time of East and West Germany), spent over seven days and 20 hours in space, doing experiments and the like.
- Not far away from the museum there’s a two-span stone arch bridge spanning the Zwickau Mulde as one is leaving Jähn’s birthplace going towards Klingenthal. The bridge appears to have been built a century ago using brick stone but not in the neat order as a typical brick bridge, like the Göltzschtal Viaduct near Greiz. The bridge uses sandstone brick. It has a length of about 25-30 meters and a width of 4-5 meters. The bridge appeared to have had another layer of concrete added to the arches in the 1990s, but it didn’t stop officials and construction crews from building a new bridge on a new, but more straight alignment in 2006. The arch bridge remains in use as a bike and pedestrian bridge.
This sepian photo, taken in oblique form, shows the bridge in full, with the replacement bridge out of view on the left side. It can be taken as you face the village. A beautiful site taken just minutes before dusk settled in. If you can afford a bike with proper lighting that takes you home, like it was the case with mine, then you can afford such luxuries. However, it’s not advisable to risk it. If in doubt, the pic is much better in daylight. 🙂
The Bridgehunter’s Chronicles and sister column The Flensburg Files would like to pay tribute to Sigmund Jähn, who died on 21 September, 2019 at the age of 82. He is survived by his wife and two children. The Files has a Tribute to this legend who left not only just a mark in Germany. You can find the tribute by clicking here.