A Covered Bridge in Germany/Switzerland

@JudyEv (130207)
Bunbury, Australia
December 4, 2015 4:31pm CST
On 14 July 2015 we left Freiburg in Germany and headed towards Austria. On the way we crossed the river Wiese. My mother's maiden name in Wiese and my ancestors came from Germany. We went through some mountainous regions before reaching Bad Säckingen, a rural town on the very southwest border of Germany on the southern edge of the Black Forest area. The town is famous for its covered bridge, half of which is in Germany and half in Switzerland. It spans the Rhine and connects Bad Säckingen with the Swiss village of Stein. This bridge is the longest roofed wooden bridge in Europe. Switzerland has it listed as a national registered monument. I found it hard to believe that the bridge had been built in 1272. It was destroyed in 1570, 1633 and 1678. In 1700, the current bridge was completed. Today it is only open to pedestrian traffic. We walked across it and set foot in Switzerland for a brief period. There are several 'chapels' set in alcoves along the bridge. Flowering containers decorate the sides and the timbers are massive. Bad Säckingen is also known as the 'Trumpeteer's City'. The notice near the statue of the trumpeter says "In 1853 Joseph Victor von Scheffel wrote the epic poem 'The Trumpeteer of Säckingen'. The common trumpeter Werner falls in love with the noble Margaretha in Säckingen. Her family forbids a marriage between the two. The pope decides to ennoble Werner, so that all obstacles are removed for the wedding." Von Scheffel wrote his poem inspired by the love between an aristocratic young lady and an untitled man. The couple go married against the will of her family and so they became outcasts. Later though, they returned to Säckingen. Unfortunately the Trumpet Museum was closed on the day we were there. The other thing I remember about the town was the lovely ice-cream we had there. The town also had a 'Little Library'. We found these in many of the towns we visited.
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@HazySue (22571)
• United States
6 Dec 15
@JudyEv what a beautiful bridge. I would love to see it some day in person. There is a covered bridge in Pennsylvania in Quakertown. It is ancient but beautiful.
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@JudyEv (130207)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec 15
I had heard about the American bridges but didn't know they had them elsewhere. Anna (@LadyDuck) says there is one in Luzern too.
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@LadyDuck (170915)
• Switzerland
7 Dec 15
@JudyEv The covered bridge of Luzerbe (or Lucerne), called the Kapellbrücke was built in 1333, it's all in wood with beautiful paintings.
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@JudyEv (130207)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Dec 15
@LadyDuck Some of these buildings last for centuries, don't they? Fire seemed to be a very big risk with many of the lovely old buildings. I lost count of how many were rebuilt after being partly or totally destroyed by fire.
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• United States
6 Dec 15
I watched this one and another you have posted. They are glorious. Thanks for letting us know how you created your videos. It gave me an idea.
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@JudyEv (130207)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec 15
Cant' remember when I told anyone how I made the slideshows but it's good you have an idea!
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• United States
7 Dec 15
@JudyEv It is just below the video.
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@JudyEv (130207)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Dec 15
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@PainsOnSlate (20419)
• Canada
28 Dec 15
I love the architecture and the art. The bridge is fabulous too. There are many covered bridges in new England and New York, many of them are still used by cars. Always fascinating and you wonder how they lasted so long..
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@JudyEv (130207)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Dec 15
Coming across stuff I'd never heard of was so exciting sometimes. Like little pearls dropped into our laps with no warning whatsoever.
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• Canada
28 Dec 15
@JudyEv traveling can be like being a kid again, learning so much and seeing wonderful things.. I love reading your posts.
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
5 Dec 15
I love the video and especially loved what looked like a fountain.
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@JudyEv (130207)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Dec 15
I think the one you mean is a statue of the trumpeter. It has little fountains all around it. The gardens there were very pretty.
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
7 Dec 15
@JudyEv Yes, that's it! I had to watch it again to see. I agree, the gardens are just beautiful.
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@salonga (27957)
• Philippines
5 Dec 15
Wow, your video has music this time around! It is more dramatic now. I enjoyed watching it.
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@JudyEv (130207)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Dec 15
I'm not going to put music with all of them as I can't work out how to make it scroll down to show me more options. And I'd like the music to stop when the slideshow does and I can't work that out either!
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@salonga (27957)
• Philippines
5 Dec 15
@JudyEv It is not that easy.... I understand.
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@just4him (124124)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
5 Dec 15
Beautiful pictures of the bridge and area.
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@JudyEv (130207)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Dec 15
Thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed them.
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@just4him (124124)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
5 Dec 15
@JudyEv You're welcome.
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@BelleStarr (39590)
• United States
4 Dec 15
I really love these slideshows you have made of your photos. Was that Lindt I saw on the top a a building? A chocolate shop maybe?
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@JudyEv (130207)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Dec 15
We didn't walk down that way. I wondered if it was a chocolate factory. We should have made the effort, shouldn't we?
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@BelleStarr (39590)
• United States
5 Dec 15
@JudyEv Oh yum I think you should have lol
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@LadyDuck (170915)
• Switzerland
5 Dec 15
The covered bridge reminds me the covered bridge of Luzern in Switzerland. I loved your photos of the bridge and the chapel.
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@JudyEv (130207)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Dec 15
There were boxes of flowers along the sides of the bridge. We really enjoyed our walk from Germany to Switzerland.
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@garymarsh6 (14367)
• United Kingdom
5 Dec 15
It must be very pretty. You had a fantastic tour of Europe!
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@JudyEv (130207)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Dec 15
Coming from Australia virtually everything was new and different so it was impossible not to be continually entertained by the differences from our normal state.
@Lucky15 (33719)
• Philippines
5 Dec 15
Wow. Can't help not be amused with such beautiful pictures.
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@JudyEv (130207)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Dec 15
I am really enjoying going through them all again.
@DeborahDiane (23069)
• Laguna Woods, California
5 Dec 15
I love your youtube videos. They are very cool.
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@JudyEv (130207)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Dec 15
Thanks very much. Glad you're enjoying them.
@TRBRocks420 (81146)
• Banks, Oregon
5 Dec 15
I wonder why it was rebuilt so many times, probably learned ways to make it safer or something.
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@JudyEv (130207)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Dec 15
I don't think it said anywhere why it was rebuilt so often. Many castles and stately homes seemed to burn down from time to time. Fire seemed to be a bit of a problem in the olden days.
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@UncleJoe (10622)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
5 Dec 15
That is beautiful. but why a "covered" bridge? Does it keep the river from getting wet when it rains?
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@JudyEv (130207)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Dec 15
If that's the purpose of it I don't think it works. The river looked pretty wet to me!
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@Platespinner (17046)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
5 Dec 15
I've seen a few of those little libraries around, my daughter and I think our neighbourhood needs one. The covered bridge is very picturesque!
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@JudyEv (130207)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Dec 15
Some just have a very few books; others are a bit more substantial. I think it is a great idea.
@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
4 Dec 15
I love covered bridges, but there are none near here anymore. I have driven over a couple in Pennsylvania.
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@JudyEv (130207)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Dec 15
There used to be a guardhouse/checkpoint affair in the middle of this one at one stage.
@jaboUK (54871)
• United Kingdom
4 Dec 15
The bridge looks charming Judy, and you've made a great slideshow as usual.
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@JudyEv (130207)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Dec 15
I've always loved the thought of a covered bridge but thought they were only in America. It was a great surprise to find this one. I wonder what other treasures we didn't know about and missed? Glad you liked the slideshow.
@marlina (76664)
• Canada
4 Dec 15
What is a "little library" in Germany?
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@JudyEv (130207)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Dec 15
Little libraries seem to be popping up all over the place. People can 'borrow' a book for free and return it later or just replace it with one they have finished with. There is one in Melbourne, Australia. We saw one at our hotel in Luxor, Egypt and quite a few throughout Europe and the UK.