The Three Countries Bridge

The Three Countries Bridge

This bridge sits right at the corner of three countries: France, Germany and Switzerland. Yeah, the name kind of gives it away. It crosses the Rhine about 60 kilometres south of Freiburg, right at Basel, Switzerland and Huningue, France. The actual german city this is right here is Weil am Rein.

Architecturally, it's interesting in that it's the longest, single span bridge for pedestrians in the world but, politically, it's more interesting. The peace this area enjoys is quite young. This river has been a barrier to many an army for at least two thousand years. Now, one can walk back and forth, drifting between three countries without any sort of a border control. Refreshing.

What will happen with the Eurozone economically is up in the air at the moment and Switzerland isn't even part of the EU, but, for now, the bridge is open for anyone to cross, whenever they want.

My other photographs from Europe can be found in the gallery.

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Camera: NIKON D80
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Focal Length: 18 mm
35mm Focal Length: 27 mm
Exposure: 1/320 sec
Aperture: f 5.6
ISO: 100
Views: 1626
Taken: 2009-05-16 13:22:28
Posted: 2013-02-25 | 16:53





The Three Countries Bridge

The Three Countries Bridge

This bridge sits right at the corner of three countries: France, Germany and Switzerland. Yeah, the name kind of gives it away. It crosses the Rhine about 60 kilometres south of Freiburg, right at Basel, Switzerland and Huningue, France. The actual german city this is right here is Weil am Rein.

Architecturally, it's interesting in that it's the longest, single span bridge for pedestrians in the world but, politically, it's more interesting. The peace this area enjoys is quite young. This river has been a barrier to many an army for at least two thousand years. Now, one can walk back and forth, drifting between three countries without any sort of a border control. Refreshing.

What will happen with the Eurozone economically is up in the air at the moment and Switzerland isn't even part of the EU, but, for now, the bridge is open for anyone to cross, whenever they want.

My other photographs from Europe can be found in the gallery.

show this photo on a map ✈

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Camera: NIKON D80
Lens Type:
Focal Length: 18 mm
35mm Focal Length: 27 mm
Exposure: 1/320 sec
Aperture: f 5.6
ISO: 100
Views: 1626
Taken: 2009-05-16 13:22:28
Posted: 2013-02-25 | 16:53