Pont sur la gorge du Salgina


Pont sur la gorge du Salgina is part of the Tentative list of Switzerland in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

The bridge on the Salgina narrows (Salginatobel) is a bridge built in 1929 and 1930 and is a masterpiece of architecture of that time, with a construction as a three-hinged arch, developed as hollow-box girder. At 90 meter long, it was the longest arch bridge at the time of construction. It was made of reinforced concrete. It is considered a highlight of 20th century bridge architecture, as an outstanding engineering feat and modern work of art, it has an almost magical attraction to experts and artists alike.

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Philipp Peterer

Switzerland - 12-Apr-20 -

Pont sur la gorge du Salgina (T) by Philipp Peterer

What on first sight looks like a random bridge, is actually an important architectural masterpiece. The Salginatobel Bridge is one of the most important reinforced concrete arch bridges in the world. Built by Swiss architect Robert Maillard and finished 1930, the bridge is recognized by architects and designers around the globe. 1991 it made it to the “World Monuments” list (much more exclusive than the WHS list. 2001 the bridge – design and engineering magazine (yes, there is a magazine for that) voted it the "bridge of the century". It might have an underwhelming look for the non-professional eye, but it sure has outstanding universal value.

When we arrived at the bridge it was clear, that the bridge is not aiming for an inscription very soon. It is well sign posted from the high way. Leave at Landquart and drive through the village of Schiers. The parking for the walk way is sign posted as well. The street between Schiers and the parking is, highly unusual for Switzerland, unpaved. The path (40mins walking for the round trip) is not very well maintained. It partially leads along the street and crosses the bridge. You need to hope for no traffic while you cross the bridge, at it very narrow and allows only one car to pass through at the time. The view is mostly restricted by trees. The ideal picture is taken from a viewing platform below the bridge. When we visited (APR 20) however, the platform was closed for an indefinite time due to a rock slide. Nevertheless the region is quite picturesque and good for hiking.

A visit can be combined with Sardona and the Rhaetian Railway. For those who visit with public transport, there is a bus stop right next to the bridge (Salginatobel Brücke).

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2017 Added to Tentative List

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