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Old Stone Bridge

Built between 1135 and 1146, the Stone Bridge enjoys the status of being a unique masterpiece of medieval engineering.

Built between 1135 and 1146, the Stone Bridge enjoys the status of being a unique masterpiece of medieval engineering. One of the major achievements of medieval bridge building, it was for many centuries the only stone bridge spanning the Danube between Ulm and Vienna. It was not only a technological masterpiece of engineering, but of strategic importance in terms of transport and, as a result, of great copmmercial value. No written documents concerning the construction of the bridge have survived, but it has been ascertained that it was in full use by the year 1147. Built with the strong, active support of the merchant class of Regensburg’s citizens, the Stone Bridge is regarded as a symbol, expressing the growing wealth, influence and determination of the patricians.

The massive pillars that carry the bridge's 16 arches dam up the river to form the rapids known as the "Donaustrudel."