The bridge, which has been designed by Schlaich Bergermann Partner for client Stadt Sassnitz, is being built over the Königsstuhl cliff in the Jasmund National Park as the existing viewing platform was no longer able to cope with the high number of visitors.
Above: The new bridge under construction (photo © sbp/Mathias Nier)
The new bridge is designed as a circular path that starts on the plateau at the top of the cliff. Visitors will be guided in a loop with an elliptical layout and will have undisturbed views over the sea and the cliffs.
Above: Visitors will be guided in a loop (photo © sbp/Mathias Nier)
The visitor platform is designed as a single-span suspension bridge. Its superstructure is supported on one side by a mast on its abutment. The bridge deck consists of a welded steel box girder that is connected to the main supporting cables via suspension cables, which carry the vertical forces of the superstructure to the top of the mast.
Above: The superstructure is supported from a single mast (photo © sbp/Mathias Nier)
Construction work began in the summer of 2021. At the end of 2022, the approximately 70m-long elliptical steel superstructure was moved over the edge of the chalk cliff in a process that took place over several weeks. The bridge deck, weighing almost 400t, reached its final position in January and was lowered 3.4m using strand lifting systems. The project manager for the scheme is Big Städtebau.
The steel platform is now at the same height as the mast foundation and will be fully welded to the connecting segment over the next few weeks.
The new structure could open as early as Easter, offering visitors views over the white cliffs of the National Park.
Above: SBP has designed the new structure giving views over the cliffs