#071 Neckar Cycle and Footbridge


Location: Neuenheim/Bergheim
Client: City of Heidelberg, Traffic Management

»An attractive, environment-friendly connection between knowledge locations within the city of Heidelberg is vital to a knowledge-based city of the future!«
IBA advisory board

A new bridge east of the barrage will allow cyclists and pedestrians to cross the Neckar with ease and provide a comfortable connection to the Neuenheimer Feld. The bridge will ease traffic loads on the heavily frequented Ernst-Walz-Brücke and Mittermaierstraße, and connect the districts in the south and southwest of Heidelberg with Neuenheimer Feld. This will improve connections between living and working areas, and between different scientific and research sites in Heidelberg.

The bridge will extend the planned high-speed cycle link from Mannheim to Heidelberg. In conjunction with the planned Gneisenau bridge for cycle and pedestrian traffic, it will also provide a link to the planned high-speed cycle link via the Patrick Henry Village to Schwetzingen. It is designated to replace the barrage’s narrow footpath, serving as a new foot-path and cycle route.

On the northern bank of the Neckar, just as in Bergheim-West, new spaces are being created — not only to drive through, but also to stay. The participation and planning process facilitates cooperation between engineers, architects and landscape architects in an international competition. Because private and institutional residents are involved at an early stage, an integrative planning culture has already been put into practice during the preparation of the competition. An approximately six-meter wide bridge will be built to ensure the integration of urban and landscape spaces through an innovative structural design.

  • Key Data

    March 2017
    Citizen information

    October 2017
    CANDIDATE Status

    November 2017
    Kick-Off Coordination Council