The bridge was built in 1904. It was entered under No. C 008 on October 4, 2012 in the monuments list of the city of Mönchengladbach .
The Volksgarten is a park with tall trees and a pond and an island . It is a gift from the Gladbach industrialist Peter Krall (1826–1893) to the citizens. Peter Krall seems to have thought of the park, even without an express statement in his will, "... as a local recreation area for the working population and as a refuge from the gray mixed zones of the city. In other words: it is a social reform intention." (Löhr, 2003: 135f.)
It lies east of the city center of Mönchengladbach and is bounded in the south by Hardterbroich , in the west by Pesch and in the north by Lürrip. In the east it passes into the nature reserve Bungtwald. The Bungtbach flows through the eastern part of the Volksgarten.
Carl-Diem-Strasse, Bungtstrasse and Peter-Krall-Strasse enclose the core area of the Volksgarten. Two sports fields, a fairground and the public bath built in 1925 northeast of the Volksgarten complete the local recreation offer. There are also walking paths and the Volksgarten pond, which is surrounded by lawns and where you can go rowing boats . An arched bridge built in 1904, also known as the bird bridge, leads to an island in the pond.
It is an arch bridge in solid wall construction. A total of four parallel arched trusses span the pond. The arched trusses are connected to each other by cross beams and diagonal bars. The two outer trusses come to the fore in a dominant manner. These trusses are conspicuously shaped with a slimmer web height at the top of the arch and an evenly increasing construction height of the arch to the supports and abutments . The arched trusses are assembled from several sections with riveted joints. Attached to the two outer arched trusses is a balustrade made of steel profiles with geometric and floral decorative shapes. A double-leaf gate with which the bridge and pond island can be closed is particularly elaborate . The gently curved outline of the symmetrically designed double gate with the climbing protection on both sides and details of the design refer to the ideas of Art Nouveau .
The Vogelbrücke was renovated in 2013 . Even after that, it is closed to protect the animals on the island.
The bird bridge in the Mönchengladbach public park is an early example of an arch bridge in solid wall construction, the construction of the bridge structure and the history of iron and steel structures, and is important for human history. As an element of a park of local history and as an example of an iron and steel structure in a historical park, the bridge is also important for the history of garden architecture .
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- Monuments list of the city of Mönchengladbach ( Memento of the original from October 7, 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.
- Lisa Kreuzmann: Bridge to Vogelinsel remains closed. In: RP Online . August 12, 2017, accessed June 21, 2020 .