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Quaibrücke, Zürich

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Locale  Zürich, Switzerland
ID number  1560
Opened  1 January 1885
Longest span  27 m
Construction end  1884
Official name  Quaibrücke
Followed by  Münsterbrücke
Width  30 m
Location  Zürich
Bodies of water  Lake Zurich, Limmat
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Carries  Two tram tracks, and on each side two lanes for road traffic, bicycles, and pedestrian sidewalks
Crosses  Limmat, the outflow of Lake Zurich
Similar  Münsterbrücke - Zürich, Quaianlagen, Lindenhof, Rathausbrücke - Zürich, Adlisberg

Quaibrücke (English: Quay Bridge) is a road, tramway, pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the river Limmat, at the outflow of Lake Zürich in the city of Zürich, Switzerland. It was built simultaneously with the construction of Zürich's new quays between 1881 and 1887.


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Quaibrücke is situated at the outflow of Lake Zürich and connects the Bürkliplatz with the Bellevueplatz, and hence the lake's left (or western) shore with the right (or eastern) shore. It is a nodal point of the Tram lines 2, 5, 8, 9 and 11, as well of the road traffic between General-Guisan-Quai, and Utoquai.


The Quaibrücke was erected between 1880 and 1884 under the management of Arnold Bürkli (1833–1894), the city engineer at the time. A modern land connection was urgently needed after an intense political campaign.

On May 18, 1873, the municipal council (the legislature) approved the construction of the Quay Bridge with a strong majority vote.

The bridge was built together with the municipalities of Enge (left, west shore), Riesbach (right, east shore), and Zurich. It was also built simultaneously with the Utoquai and General-Guisan-Quai on the two shores of Lake Zurich, but was finished half a year earlier. Since the bridge disabled the traffic on the Limmat, the landing gate of the ZSG Zürichsee-Schifffahrtsgesellschaft had to be moved from the Bauschänzli island to the present Bürkliterrasse.

As part of the Zürich lakefront, two machine-gun bunkers were built in the 1940s, which are still preserved at their original sites at Limmatquai and Bürkliterrasse. The original construction had to be replaced in 1984 and a new bridge was built parallel to the old bridge between 1983 and 1984, on steel girders. The weekend of March 16/17, 1984, traffic was blocked and the old construction was moved on steel beams and columns in the lake. Initiatives to redesign the old bridge as a pedestrian zone were rejected.

Between April and November 2015 further refurbishment work was applied.


Quaibrücke, Zürich Wikipedia

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