Aquädukt am Roten Tor (Aqueduct at the Red Gate) – Augsburg, Germany - Atlas Obscura

Aquädukt am Roten Tor (Aqueduct at the Red Gate)

What appears to be an ordinary bridge is actually a rare aqueduct.  

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This ancient bridge towards the old town region of Augsburg dates back to the 18th-century. Taking a descent into the moat allows visitors to view the massive aqueduct that once supplied the city with drinking water and power to move waterwheels. 

This aqueduct is one of the more unique found in Europe as it serves a dual purpose. At the lower level of the aqueduct, water was transported to the city’s citizens over Augsburg’s defensive fortifications. Along the upper-level, the viaduct serves as a bridge. The viaduct also includes a system to separate drinking water and process water in different city canals. 

The aqueduct was originally comprised of wood, but was replaced with the structure seen today around 1777 by Johann Christian Singer. The aqueduct also included a water tower that pumped water into the city’s public wells and private households with perfect pressure. 

Today, the water in the canals is no longer used for drinking, and the two streams now flow together before reaching the aqueduct. In 2019, the water system was declared a World Heritage Site as it’s the only bridge left remaining that crosses the city’s moat.  

Know Before You Go

The park at the Red Gate (the former moat) is open around the clock. The aqueduct is located at the western end towards the open-air stage. There are also tours on offer through the adjacent water towers.