Mystery Bridge Nr. 176: An Unusual Brick Arch Bridge in a Small Community

After a long break, we’re back at it with a freshly new mystery bridge article. This next mystery bridge takes us to Saxony and to the town of Lunzenau. Located on the Zwickau Mulde, Lunzenau was originally a Sorbian community, having first been mentioned in the 11th Century. It used to be a small industrial community until the Fall of the Wall and German Reunification. The town of only 4,100 inhabitants features relicts of the past but also a historic town square with a 150-year old post office and neighboring church. Its town square is the smallest in terms of parameters of the communities in the western half of Saxony.

Lunzenau prides itself with a small zoo in the village of Amerika, its next door neighbor, but it also has a wide selection of historic bridges, which will be mentioned later. This bridge however was discovered by accident and its unique design brought my attention into full view.

The bridge is located along the road connecting Lunzenau with its suburb of Elsdorf. It’s a single span, Luten arch bridge built using red brick. It has a length of only 10 meters at the most and a weight limit of only 6 tons. It’s located on Hauptstrasse 1 over the Elsbach, at an abandoned factory where the entrance was open to traffic for some odd reason. Looking at the arch more further, we see the inscriptions that are perplex and require research. According to the info on the plaque, it was built in 1916 and had the initials of J.K. on it. Despite trying to find some information on this bridge, there is no luck pertaining who this J.K. may really mean. Nevertheless because of its unusual design and decorative features, the bridge is listed as a technical monument by the State of Saxony.

The question is: Who was J.K. and was he also the owner of the property where the bridge is located? Any clues and other information can be added in the comment section, let alone sent via e-mail, using the contact details in the link here.


Good luck and happy bridgehunting, folks! 🙂