Renewal in historical compliance and adjustment of the Friedrichsbrücke

Just like in the old times – only better

connecting people

Anno 1703. When Frederick the Great built a bridge over the Spree River, the future Museum Island was still full of greenhouses. The bridge was called Pomeranzenbrücke. This brick structure was modified multiple times over the years and finally destroyed in the Second World War. Countless people use this bridge that has now been restored to its original width of 27 metres.

paving the way

Thanks to the development and traffic concept of the world-heritage-listed Museum Island, the Friedrichs Bridge is once more a functional and architectural highlight. The transformation is achieved by placing a portal at each end of the bridge. The portal opening presents a rounded line consisting of spiralling radii. They connect to the bridge in its central region.

creating construction culture

The width of the bridge was increased by adding a modern steel–concrete composite structure. The natural stone cladding and parapets allow the construction to blend harmoniously into the existing land- and cityscape of the Museum Island. The historical look of the bridge is emphasised by the natural stone obelisks at either end of the bridge, which were renovated and placed in their original locations. Construction elements and styles of several eras are thus combined in this special structure. Just like in the old times – only better.

Year of completion


Type of intervention


Contracting authority

Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt



Type of structure

Pedestrian bridge

Construction method

Floating, lifting / assembly of prefabricated parts

Construction material of superstructure

Reinforced concrete, steel composite

Total length

68,50 m

Type of structural system

Integral bridge

Span lengths

57,13 m

Construction height

1,50 - 2,10 m

Construction width

27,00 m


Architekturbüro Strecker + Partner

Services Grassl

Basic assessment, preliminary design, detailed design, construction planning, preparation of tendering, verification analysis, technical examination, damage analyses