The Old Bridge
Verlängerung der Kurt-Schumacher-Straße
Frankfurt am Main, 60313
+49 69 2123 8800 (Tourist Information)
The Alte Brücke (Old Bridge) was the first and only bridge in Frankfurt until 1869. Although a bridge was first constructed on this site in 1222, there must have already been some form of crossing the river Main as this was where Karl the Great managed to escape with his troops. Throughout the century the bridge, which formed part of an important trade route, was destroyed and rebuilt many times. In 1945 the bridge was blown up and was temporarily repaired and later rebuilt and renovated. On the north side of the bridge there is a memorial dating from the 14th Century in the form of a crucifix, marking the place where criminals were thrown to their death into the river.