Coordinates: 51°13′15″N 6°45′51″E / 51.22083°N 6.76417°E / 51.22083; 6.76417

The Rheinkniebrücke (English: Rhine knee bridge) is a cable-stayed bridge leading over the Rhine at the Rheinknie in Düsseldorf with a six-lane motor road and two combined pedestrian and cycle paths, which was opened to traffic on 16 October 1969.[1]

Rhine knee bridge

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Coordinates51°13′15″N 6°45′51″E / 51.22083°N 6.76417°E / 51.22083; 6.76417
LocaleDüsseldorf,  Germany
Official nameRheinkniebrücke
Other name(s)Rhine knee bridge
Named forthe location at the Rhine knee
Total length1519 m
Width28.9 m
Height3.4 m
Construction cost212.1 million
Opened16 October 1969


The decision to build the bridge was made in 1962. The architect Friedrich Tamms was entrusted with the development of the project. Fritz Leonhardt was appointed chief engineer. The bridge was built in 1965 by Deutsche Maschinenbau-Aktiengesellschaft (Demag AG), Gutehoffnungshütte, Aktienverein für Bergbau und Hüttenbetrieb and Hein, Lehmann & Co.. The bridge was commissioned on October 16, 1969. At the time of its opening, it was a cable-stayed bridge with the longest span in the world.[2]


The bridge connects the Düsseldorf districts of Unterbilk and Oberkassel. The bridge got its name from its location.[3]


  1. ^ "Rheinkniebrücke (Düsseldorf-Unterbilk/Düsseldorf-Oberkassel, 1969)". Structurae. Retrieved 10 May 2022.
  2. ^ "Hein, Lehmann AG". Structurae. Retrieved 10 May 2022.
  3. ^ "Roncallis Apollo-Varieté-Theater (Düsseldorf-Karlstadt/Düsseldorf-Hafen, 1997)". Structurae. Retrieved 10 May 2022.