Fehmarn Places of Interest
Fehmarn Sound Bridge

Since it was opened on 30 April 1963, the Fehmarn Sound Bridge has connected the south of the island to the Schleswig-Holstein mainland. Also affectionately referred to as the "Kleiderbügel" or clothes hanger, it replaced the ferry services that operated up to then between Großenbroderfähre and the town of Fehmarnsund. It was listed as a protected monument in 1999.

The bridge forms part of the "Vogelfluglinie" (bird flight line), a direct transport corridor between the greater Copenhagen and Hamburg areas that has been developed since the 1960s. This route takes its name from the parallel route taken by the Cranes and other Arctic water birds travelling between Central Europe and Scandinavia. The nature reserves on Fehmarn are important stopovers for birds migrating between breeding grounds and winter shelter areas.

The bridge also enabled the completion of an 18-kilometre single railway track from Großenbrode to Puttgarden, Federal Highway 207 from Heiligenhafen to Puttgarden as well as the ferry railway station and ferry port in Puttgarden - the starting point of the 19-kilometre ferry route to Rödby in Denmark. The extension of the "Vogelfluglinie" was the largest construction project in Schleswig Holstein at the end of the 1950s and led to the rapid expansion of the tourist industry on Fehmarn.

Technical Data

The 963-metre-long combined road and railway bridge spans the 1300-metre-wide Fehmarn Sound and has a height clearance of 23 metres over the water at its central section. Shipping can pass beneath its central section, which measures 240 metres across and has a height clearance of 23 metres above sea level. The steel construction is 21 metres wide, 6 metres of which is used by Deutsche Bahn. The arch has a span of 248 metres and, at its highest point, 45 metres above the main deck of the bridge. The arch is approximately 268.5 metres long.