Basel is a city located at the junction of three countries, Switzerland, Germany, and France. It is the most important transportation hub connecting these countries, where the highways of the three countries meet. The main city of Basel and the towns on the south side of Basel belong to Switzerland, and the Rhine River runs through the city; The north side of Basel is the territory of France and Germany, of which the Rhine is the French part of the west and the German part to the east.
A rocket-shaped sculpture is at the junction of the Three Kingdoms, called the "Three Countries Monument." The flags of Switzerland, France, and Germany are engraved on them. There is a famous bridge across the Rhine in front of the monument, the Three-Country Bridge; on both sides of the bridge can identify the signs of the border.
Visitors can walk across the arch bridge from France to Germany or vice versa in just a few minutes, enjoying the view of the Swiss Rhine port. In this post, let's find out more interesting facts about the Three-Country Bridge.
Size and Features of The Three-Country Bridge
The Three-Country Bridge (Dreiländerbrücke), which connects Weil am Rhine, Germany, and Huningue, France, is an asymmetric arched steel construction bridge. The bridge was built in 2007 and won the German Bridge Construction Award in 2008. Austrian architect Dietmar Feichtinger designed the bridge over the Rhine and has won several awards, which has been a further architectural highlight in the region. The simple single-span structure has not only become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Basel, but its practicality has brought more convenient travel routes for the residents of the three countries.
Dimensions of the Three-Country Bridge
The 248 meters (814 feet) long arch bridge was built in 2007 and its main span is 229.4 meters (753 feet). The Three-Country Bridge is the longest single-span bridge for pedestrians and cyclists only in the world. its bridge deck is 5.5 meters (18 feet) wide and the highest point is about 24.75 meters (81.2 feet) above the water. The total weight of this steel bridge is more than 1,000 tons.
|total length||248 m (814 ft)|
|width||5.5 m (18 ft)|
|height||24.75 m (81.2 ft)|
|span length||229.4 m (753 ft)|
|number of span||1|
|weight||more than 1,000 tons|
Basel is the fourth largest city in Switzerland and is also known as the junction of Switzerland, Germany, and France. This city has both a scenery of a typical European town and the fast pace of a modern city. The natural environment and human history are equally fascinating. If you have the opportunity to come to this city, the Three Countries Bridge is a must-visit place. Construction of the bridge cost nearly 9 million euros and was funded by grants from the European Union, Baden-Württemberg, the Upper Rhine province, and two neighboring communities.