Pfeiler der historischen Yorckbrücken in Berlin
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Infrastructure

Renovation of the Yorckbrücken

With the renovation of the Yorckbrücken, which are protected as historic monuments and have a significant impact on the cityscape, four bridges have been available for pedestrians and cyclists for the first time since July 2020, providing a barrier-free connection across Yorckstraße between Park am Gleisdreieck and Flaschenhalspark. In terms of sustainable development of the mobility infrastructure, the new bridge connection offers a continuous link through green spaces that extends from Tiergarten to Schöneberger Südgelände. 

Grün Berlin has assumed the project management and construction function on behalf of the State of Berlin. Numerous public and private partners were involved in the realisation of the complex project. During the implementation, innovative methods were used to preserve the history and the building fabric.

The Yorckbrücken are a unique ensemble of buildings and a testimony to Berlin's railroad history. On only a few metres, they invite you on a historical journey through different constructional epochs. Different design and technical solutions can be studied, which were created in the 19th century by architects and engineers for three private railroad companies.

After the Second World War, the bridges lost their importance and connecting function with the division of the city. After a complex and technically demanding renovation, Regine Günther, Senator for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection, was able to hand over four of the five renovated bridges to the public on 3 July 2020. This means that four bridges (Yorckbrücken 10, 11, 14, 17) are available for pedestrian and bicycle traffic as a connection between the Ostpark of Park am Gleisdreieck and Flaschenhalspark. The fifth renovated bridge (Yorckbrücke 15) was renovated as a "monument bridge" by Deutsche Bahn on behalf of the Tempelhof-Schöneberg district. It is one of the oldest Yorckbrücken and still shows the historic rail structure. This bridge cannot be walked on.

The Yorckbrücken also close a gap in the north-south greenbelt, which is important for the entire city, and the Berlin-Leipzig long-distance cycle route. The north-south greenbelt with Park am Gleisdreieck, Flaschenhalspark completed in 2014 and Monumentenplatz is one of the longest pathways away from the major roads.

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