The Langebro
Bridge Tower

Photo: Rasmus Hjortshøj, COAST Studio

Site

The Langebro Bridge Tower is in the middle of the bridge Langebro on the right side

Open

Saturday and Sunday 10-17

Accessibility

  • Hoist / ramp / level access to the front door
  • Level access in the building / site (no stairs)
  • Level access to outdoor areas
  • Lift
  • Accessible restroom
  • Locked doors can be opened from the outside in case of emergency
  • Chairs or benches to rest on
  • Possible to eat / drink
  • Disabled parking
  • Teleloop
  • Member of Solsikkesnoren
  • Member of God adgang

The Langebro Bridge Tower is a fascinating time capsule from the 1950s, with its beautiful green facade and original decor. Take a look inside the bridge tower, hear about the history of Langebro Bridge, enjoy a spectacular view of Copenhagen Harbor and explore the counterweight pit under the bridge.

Around 50,000 cars cross Copenhagen’s Langebro Bridge every single day. So chances are you have crossed the bridge between Copenhagen and Amager too. Maybe you’ve noticed the turquoise bridge tower at the half-way point? During Open House, you have a unique opportunity to take a look behind the facade of this interesting structure.

From Industrial Harbor to Recreational Area

Kaj Gottlob was both the engineer and architect behind the Langebro Bridge, which was completed in 1954. The new Langebro Bridge, designed as a bascule bridge, replaced the old wooden bridge from the 1600s, opening up the busy industrial harbor to ship traffic.

When Langebro opens to allow ships to pass, the two halves of the bridge, called bascules, lift up and the back ends pivot down into a counterweight pit. This was controlled from the bridge tower, which back in 1954 was manned 24 hours a day. At that time, the bridge opened 12,000 times a year. Today, that number is less than 200. Thus Langebro Bridge has borne witness to the area’s transformation from industrial harbor to recreational area.

Experience the Original Decor

During Open House, you can take a look inside the bridge tower, which is usually closed to the public. There you’ll find the decor looking exactly as it did when it was first built and you can climb all the way to the top, as well as down to the counterweight pit under the bridge. Experience the deep space the counterweight pivots down into when the bridge opens, as well as the old machinery that has faithfully kept the bridge fully operational since 1954.
From the tower, there is a magnificent view of Copenhagen Harbor with more than 11 movable bridges spanning the Inner Harbor.

 

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