While Sölvesborgsbron is no longer the longest footbridge in Europe, it is still the longest of its kind in Scandinavia. It officially opened in 2013 and spans almost half a mile and connects the city center with a residential area across the bay.
The bridge consists of a high part made up of three characteristic arches (inspired by the courthouse and railway station nearby). These are illuminated with color-changing LEDs, while subtle light beneath the deck creates reflections in the water. The lighting has been developed to avoid disturbing birds and other wildlife. Many light scenarios can be selected so the bridge is seen as dynamic.
Environment and sustainable development played a key role in the construction of the bridge. It was made of duplex stainless steel and acid-resistant steel, which makes it virtually maintenance-free and reduces the spread of hazardous waste in the habitat.
Sölvesborgsbron, which was constructed by local firm Stål & Rörmontage AB, has become an iconic landmark in the small south Swedish city of Sölvesborg. It has even been featured on a Swedish stamp.
Know Before You Go
The western part of the bridge can be reached by foot in about 8 minutes from the railway station. Parking is available nearby for those arriving by car.