Koenigsbrücker Strasse

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Koenigsbrücker Strasse
coat of arms
Street in Dresden
Koenigsbrücker Strasse
Königsbrücker Strasse in Albertstadt
Basic data
place Dresden
District Outer Neustadt , Albertstadt
Created 19th century
Hist. Names Otto-Buchwitz-Strasse
Connecting roads Albertstrasse , Koenigsbrücker Landstrasse
Cross streets Stetzscher Str., Katharinenstr., Lößnitzstr., Louisenstr., Scheunenhofstr., Jordanstr., Schwepnitzer Str., Bischofsweg, Paulstr., Eberswalder Str., Tannenstr., Ahornstr., Lärchenstr., Stauffenbergallee, Proschhübelstr., Olbrichtplatz, Provianthofstr. , Else-Sander-Str., Meschwitzstr., Melitta-Bentz-Str., An der Eisenbahn, Magazinstr., Manfred-von-Ardenne-Ring, Moritzburger Weg
Places Albertplatz
Buildings Schauburg , skyscraper on Albertplatz , Villa Romantika
User groups Pedestrian traffic , bicycle traffic , motor traffic , public transport

The Königsbrücker Straße is a Dresden arterial road through the Äußere Neustadt and Albertstadt towards the north. It is part of the federal highway 97 .


In 1414 it was mentioned for the first time as "Weg nach Langebrück ", and since the 17th century it has been named after the city of Königsbrück , which is northeast of Dresden.

Until the incorporation of Klotzsche (1950) it was also called there and in Weixdorf "Königsbrücker Straße" (with house numbers starting again at 1) and was then renamed outside Albertstadt to "Königsbrücker Landstraße" in order to be able to keep the old house numbers in Klotzsche.

From 1964 to 1990 it was named after Otto Buchwitz , President of the State Parliament of Saxony ; then it was renamed again in Königsbrücker Strasse.


The road led from the Black Gate at what would later be Albertplatz in Altendresden via the “new extension on the sand”. The first development was slow, the first building was erected in 1735 by the Bohemian gardener Pablick. It was the "Sandschänke" restaurant, which later became the "Green Fir". Simon Haller, the valet of Count Heinrich von Brühl , opened the inn "Zum Schönen Brunnen" in 1735. It was west of the road between Eschenstrasse, Jordanstrasse and Scheunenhofstrasse and the Dresden – Görlitz railway line . It was named after a mineral well, but popularly referred to it as a "valet". Today the Schönbrunnstraße, a street parallel to the Königsbrücker Straße, reminds of the inn. In 1823 Gottfried Jordan and August Friedrich Timaeus founded the " Chocolade- und Cichoriefabrik " between today's Timaeusstrasse and Jordanstrasse east of the Königsbrücker Strasse.

From 1836, the Oppellvorstadt was built west of Königsbrücker Straße as part of today's Hechtviertel . In 1850 the inn "Zum Schönen Brunnen" was demolished for a slaughterhouse. This was later relocated to Leipziger Strasse and the building was demolished in 1875. From 1876 to 1878 the city of Dresden built the work center above Stauffenbergallee next to the “Lindengarten” inn . After 1871 Albertstadt was laid out in the northern part of Königsbrücker Straße . It is one of the largest contiguous barracks in Germany. In 1911, the Saxon Soldiers' Home was built on the corner of Tannenstrasse as a leisure home for soldiers and NCOs; it was financed with donations. The architectural language of this house is influenced by Hans Erlwein, who worked in Dresden from 1905 to 1914 as city planning officer. The Saxon State Parliament met here from 1946 to 1952 . After that it was used as the house of the People's Army until 1990.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Ottomar Heinsius von Mayenburg founded the Leo-Werke, which manufactured, among other things, the Chlorodont toothpaste. In 1917 he built a factory building on Königsbrücker Strasse.

In 1903/1904 the Dresden Haide Railway ran from the Arsenal - today's Military History Museum - to the Klotzsche suburb . In 1905 the railway was stopped. The tram line to Schänkhübel in Klotzsche was opened in 1911; from the arsenal onwards it had its own track next to the road.

The Schauburg film theater with 1000 seats was built in 1927 on the corner of Bischofsweg. Diagonally across from it was the restaurant “Zur Reichskrone” with a richly decorated hall that could hold 2000 people. The imperial crown was built in 1873 in the neo-renaissance style. Dance and sporting events were held in the restaurant. After 1945 it was used, among other things, as a warehouse and gym. The residential area restaurant "Aktiv" was housed here. From the 1980s the building fell into disrepair and was demolished in 1993. The main post office building was built from 1962 to 1964 . There are three glass-light-steel steles at the southern beginning of Königsbrücker Straße. They were created in 1989/1990 by Karin and Wolfgang Korn. They used different types of glass. The largest stele is 4.5 meters high.

Next to the Schauburg is the Dresden Doll Museum in the Villa Romantika .


An expansion (widening) of the Königsbrücker Straße so that buses can pass the tram was already discussed at the end of the 1950s. This plan was pursued in connection with the development of the aviation industry in Dresden , but without results.

The expansion of Königsbrücker Strasse has been discussed since 1996, as a large part of the street is still paved, has no bicycle traffic facilities and, as an important road connection to the north, it has a large volume of traffic. The plan approval procedure for this was decided by the city ​​council after a long discussion about the dimensioning of the street with a “compromise variant” in 2009 , but not carried out to the end. The responsible state ministry raised concerns about the “eligibility”, i.e. the right to use funds from the Municipal Transport Financing Act (GVFG) for the construction . However, the concerns were not “officially” expressed and comprehensibly justified in the otherwise usual framework of the ongoing plan approval procedure, but rather communicated informally at the “ Dresden Conference ”. In the course of time, those responsible in the Saxon Ministry of Economics also contradicted each other with regard to eligibility.

In order to enable the road to be upgraded, further variants were planned. Two of these variants are currently under discussion. The so-called "Variant 5" generally provides for four lanes on tram tracks that are flush with the street. The construction costs for this should amount to 38.9 million euros. At the end of June 2011, Mayor Hilbert presented "Variant 6" as a compromise variant, which provides for a separate track for the tram and two extra-wide lanes at a construction cost of 33.8 million euros. On September 29, 2011 the city council voted with 38 votes (the CDU, FDP, NPD, three from the citizens' parliamentary group) against 31 votes in favor of variant 5. It became apparent that this variant cannot be implemented due to problematic aspects of road safety.

In April 2014, the city council decided on a four-lane expansion. The city council, newly constituted in May 2014, announced with its red-green-red majority that it would overturn this resolution. Due to the decreasing load as a result of the opening of the Waldschlößchenbrücke , a four-lane expansion is no longer necessary. At the end of October 2014, two new variants were presented: one with a common lane for trams and cars (between Louisenstraße and Bischofsweg) or separate lanes for both (on the remaining section), with a walkable median to cross the street and two wide lateral cycle lanes . The second variant is based on today's street and provides for shared routes for cars and trams, as well as narrower cycle lanes and wide footpaths to the left and right of the street. As a third option, the four-lane expansion decided in April 2014 is still being considered.

Erich Kaestner

Erich Kästner's birthplace

The house where the writer Erich Kästner was born is located at Koenigsbrücker Straße 66. Kästner described his childhood experiences, which take place on Koenigsbrücker Straße, in the book When I Was a Little Boy . In the immediate vicinity of Königsbrücker Strasse, a sculpture at the confluence of Alaunstrasse and Albertplatz and a sculpture on the wall of Villa Augustin on Albertplatz remind of him.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Art in public space. Information brochure of the state capital Dresden, December 1996.
  2. ^ Word of power from Minister Jurk to the Königsbrücker. In: Sächsische Zeitung online.
  3. Königsbrücker Straße becomes four lanes - Dresden city council decides against the "Hilbert variant". ( Memento of the original from November 2, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. on: DNN-online. September 30, 2011. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.dnn-online.de
  4. Fast expansion of Königsbrücker failed - a variant was decided, but it will probably never be built. In: Sächsische Zeitung online.
  5. Tobias Winzer: The Königsbrücker is being slimmed down . In: Saxon newspaper . tape 69 , no. 249 , October 25, 2014, p. 1 .


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Coordinates: 51 ° 5 ′ 6 "  N , 13 ° 45 ′ 45.1"  E