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The Müngstener Brücke towers majestically over the valley of the Wupper as we prepare for our upcoming adventure rally through Europe. The bridge is not only a technical wonder, but also a symbol of the Bergisches Land and the cities of Solingen and Remscheid. As part of a transnational bid for UNESCO World Heritage status, we have decided to combine our passion for old cars and motorbikes with this great cause.
Our goal is to organise a rally that will take us along the six candidate bridges through some of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe. We start in Germany and will drive through the stunning Swiss mountains before heading to the sun-drenched plains of Italy. From there, we will continue through fragrant Provence and the arid deserts of Spain, along the blue Douro River to history-rich Porto and back along the rugged Atlantic coast.
This journey will take us over 6000 kilometres across Europe and will present us with many challenges. We will be travelling in our rally cars and on our motorbikes, all of which are over 15 years old or powered by electricity. It’s not about top speed, but about endurance, skill and a sense of adventure.
During the rally, friends from Italy, France and Portugal will accompany us and enjoy the landscapes and sights with us. Each day will take us on average 375 kilometres over country roads, and we will be on the road for about 10 hours a day. But it will be worth it, because we will have unforgettable experiences and make new friends on this trip.
If you would also like to take up this challenge and participate in our rally, then form a team and register with your motorbike or your car. You can find the rules and conditions here.
We look forward to joining you on this unforgettable journey through Europe. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Yours, Timm and Marc, the organisers of the Adventure Culture Rally through Europe.
These six bridges are true masterpieces of engineering and all have a fascinating story to tell. The Ponte San Michele in Italy is a majestic railway and road bridge that spans the breathtaking Adda Gorge. The Viaduc de Garabit in France was designed and built by Gustave Eiffel. Also in France is the Viaduc du Viaur, completed in 1902. The Ponte Marie Pia and the Ponte Dom Luis I in Portugal are both magnificent steel arch bridges spanning the Douro River in Porto. The Müngsten Bridge in Solingen, with its 107 metres, is the highest railway bridge in Germany and one of the landmarks of the Bergisches Land region. Although they were all built at the end of the 19th century, they are still amazing examples of the impressive engineering and beauty of large arch bridges.
Greeting from the patron of the Six Bridges Rally
Madame Myriam Larnaudie-Eiffel
Great-great-granddaughter of Gustave Eiffel
Dear participants of the Six Bridges Rally,
It is a great honour for me to stand by you as the patron of this rally and as the descendant of Gustave Eiffel, the builder of the Garabit Viaduct and the Ponte Maria Pia.
These two bridges are part of the joint application for the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the 6 Great Arch Bridges. This candidature is very important to underline the achievement made in the construction of these bridges and to pay tribute to their builders. It is also important for each of us and you will unite all these bridges on your journey!
I hope you enjoy your adventure across Europe and I look forward to meeting you soon.
Great-great-granddaughter of Gustave Eiffel
Greetings from the Patron of the Six Bridges Rally
Mr. Tim-O. Kurzbach
Lord Mayor of the City of Solingen
Six bridges in four European countries want to become World Heritage Sites together. Our Klingenstadt Solingen in Germany is working closely with those responsible in France, Italy and Portugal to implement this great idea.
Timm Kronenberg and Marc Baehr are promoting the idea in their own way: they are organising the “Six Bridges Rally”, which will connect all six bridges. The rally will be driven in proper style with older vehicles, as it is well known that the bridges are no longer the youngest.
As Lord Mayor of Solingen, I would be very pleased if you would support them in their endeavour – there are no limits to your ideas.
From bridge to bridge – connecting Europe.
Greetings from the blade city of Solingen in the Bergisches Land region
Lord Mayor of the Klingenstadt Solingen