The next Photo of the Week series returns us to the German state of Mecklenburg-Pommerania, but this time, to the capital, Schwerin. The city has over 95,000 inhabitants and is the second largest in the state behind Rostock. Yet the city is the oldest in the state, for records of its existence dates back to the 9th Century. The city is famous for its palace, which lies directly in the middle of Lake Schwerin (Schweriner See) and was first built in the 13th Century. It was rebuilt many time until 1857, when its current form was constructed. It had been the house for the duke of Mecklenburg and the blood line that originated from Henry the Lion in the 11th Century, yet it was dissolved together with all the other royal families as part of the Versailles Treaty of 1919, which held Germany fully responsible for World War I. The castle is located near the Orangery, which has existed since the 1850s but has been made over many times. It is here in the Orangery that we found a unique discovery:
This is one of several pedestrian bridges that span multiple waterways that go through the Orangery and near the Castle. They are built using cast iron and their ornamental features are unique. The end posts are vertical and have pine-cone shaped finials. The looped spandrels are decorated with flowers. The decking is arched, just like the iron arches themselves and the railings are latticed. The questions I have here are the following:
- How many of these bridges exist on the castle grounds? Hint: You should use GoogleMaps or any other map app to help you find them. Brueckenweb.de may also have some information on these unique bridges as well.
- When do you think were they built? At the time of the great reconstruction between 1845 and 1857 or later?
- Who was behind the construction of these bridges?
While the third question is a mystery bridge question, the first two we’ll have answers for them in the Bridges of Schwerin, focusing on those in the historic city center and castle complex. This includes some interesting facts about the Castle itself. Click here to read more on it.
But for now, good luck guessing and happy bridgehunting!
Note: There are more photos of these and many other bridges in Schwerin you can see in the Chronicles via Instagram. Click here to have a look. 🙂