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Ulm Kienlesbergbrücke

Ulm, Germany

The arch of the Kienlesberg bridge with church in background

Ulm Kienlesbergbrücke

Ulm, Germany


Stadtwerke Ulm


2012 - 2018

Design Team

Knight Architects, Krebs und Kiefer


Ulrich Finsterwalder Preis 2019

British Expertise International Awards 2019

Structural Award 2019

Civic Trust Awards 2020

Deutscher Ingenieurbaupreis 2020

Bridges claimed by people

Knight Architects' won this international competition. The Kienlesbergbrüecke provides the German city of Ulm with an important connection in the new ‘Line 2’ tram route and offers an attractive and enjoyable crossing for pedestrians and cyclists.

The architectural design of the bridge provides a social destination as well as a transport link. An elevated public lookout provides new views of the city, including the famous 530 foot-tall Minster, the tallest church tower in Europe.

The 270m-long crossing stands alongside the historic steel Neutor Bridge (1907). The new bridge makes contemporary reference to its neighbour in the arched form of the trussed beams between the pedestrian and tram decks. Seating is provided within the truss openings, creating intimate places for the public to enjoy.

The railway lands site had limited access for construction, multiple railway lines and overhead power lines. It inspired a design suited to prefabricated steel which could be delivered by road or rail, before being assembled within the site boundary and launched into position. The bridge was opened in 2018.

Two people sitting in archway of bridge central seating area looking at phone at night
People joining hands in archway of bridge

“We have such a beautiful Church, what we build around it must also be beautiful...”

– Minister Herrmann
People and walking and sitting on Kienlesberg bridge with sunset backdrop
People walking on bridge