return of the Scholmwehr bridge

Since yesterday, May 3, 2021, one of the landmarks of Bad Lauterberg, the Scholmwehr Bridge, is being rebuilt after restoration. The four restored bridge elements are back in place. Now a railing still has to be erected. It was not an easy task for the employees of the companies Kälz and Domeier to lift the bridge elements onto the bridge and mount them flush, initially with a crane from 'Ritscherstrasse’, later from the riverbed of the Oder, 'ometimes more than one run-up was necessary. It will probably be another 14 days before the bridge can be walked on. The planks for the walkway are to be installed from May 10.

the first bridge part is delivered

the four restored bridge elements are back in their original place - View direction: city center and spa district


If you search for 'Scholmwehrbrücke' in the internet, you get besides the GPS coordinates

Latitude 51°37'43.6 "N (51.628791°)

Longitude 10°28'15.3 "E (10.4709223°)

including the following information:

Street name: Scholmwehrbrücke

Street type: Footpath

Place: Bad Lauterberg in the Harz Mountains

zip code: 37431

State: Lower Saxony

But being only a footpath to connect the ‘Kirchberg’ and the spa center of Bad Lauterberg is not the primary task of this structure. Initially called 'Oderwehr', the weir named 'Scholm- or Scholbenwehr' is first and foremost a hydraulic structure and serves to dam up the water of the Oder, channel it to the ‘Königshütte’ for making it usable there.

Today, the weir named 'Scholmwehr' is located in the area of the spa park. It was built there in 1733. The water of the river Oder is led from the weir through an approximately 1.4 km long hut ditch with a gradient of two meters to the kings hut (‘Königshütte’) and in 1803 it drove 23 water wheels on three gradients at the kings hut (Königshütte). On the first gradient - in the area of the casting hall, where the blast furnace hall once stood - seven waterwheels were driven, on the second gradient - in the area of today's mill - there were ten, and on the third gradient - it was in the area of the former wire hut, now the Bad Lauterberg building yard - six waterwheels were driven. The waterwheels (all top-bladed) in turn served to drive the bellows, the punching and hammering mills, the rolling mills and, at the wire hut (Drahthütte), the bellows in the fresh and zain huts.

Incidentally, one of the waterwheels drove an endless rope for the machine factory. The water wheel was located in a water channel that was located between the two building sections of the rolling mill. You can still see today where the rope led into the machine factory. Under the site, the water from this former ditch now runs underground and emerges to the right of the machine factory.

If the Oder itself did not carry enough water, water from the Wiesenbek pond could be used since 1738. Since 1738 - the year in which the copper mine named ‘Aufrichtigkeit’ was closed down - until the year 1980, the kings hut (Königshütte) owned a right to use the water from the Wiesenbek pond. The wire smelter, which was located on the third slope, was sold to the town of Bad Lauterberg in 1920. Today, electricity is produced on the first two falls via turbines for the company's own needs and for the maintenance of the kings hut (Königshütte). The turbines, which were installed in 1938 and 1949, are still in operation today and, apart from a few intermittent 'jerks', it runs smoothly. The older turbine unit with centrifugal governor even dates back to 1916.

The Scholmwehr Bridge, which was initially called the Oderwehr Bridge machine factory, has been destroyed twice by floods. After the destruction by a flood in 1833 it was rebuilt in wooden construction according to the old plans, after the second flood on September 2, 1904 the now private owners of the kings hut (Königshütte) decided to rebuild the weir bridge in concrete and steel construction. It was completed in 1905. The main feature was the widening of the water flow to 12 meters. The bridge of the Scholmweir still offers this view today, of course after several restorations.

The last major restoration is now almost completed and soon the weir bridge will shine again in new splendor.

In 1923, a recess was negotiated for the weir bridge between the town of Bad Lauterberg and Königshütte Rudolf Holle, who was the owner that time, named 'factory owner in Königshütte near Bad Lauterberg'.  (for information: recess means a (written) result of a negotiation). It says the bridge was 'opened for pedestrians and as a bridge for handcarts to connect the streets ... for everyone'. In return, the municipality of Bad Lauterberg made a commitment to 'maintain the wooden decking on the bridge deck'. This right of use for the town of Bad Lauterberg is unlimited.

Today, the owner of the Scholmwehr bridge is the 'Königshütte Industriedenkmal UG', but the weir bridge is located on municipal land, the riverbed of the Oder.






Renovation of the Scholmwehr bridge - its history

Actually .... everything was planned differently: already in December the Scholmwehr bridge should shine again in new splendor and the detour between Kurpark and Kurviertel should be history. Since the beginning of September, the bridge piers of the weir bridge have been standing 'naked'. But ... as is often the case, delays must always be expected during construction and renovation.

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Happy Easter

We from the Sponsorship group of the iron-hut ‘Königshütte’ ('Förderkreis Königshütte Bad Lauterberg e.V.') wish you a happy Easter with good health. We had hoped to be able to offer guided tours through the area of the iron hut and through our small museum, named ‘Südharzer Eisenhüttenmuseum’ again at Easter, but unfortunately the current lockdown has put a stop to us. Of course, you are welcome to walk around the terrain. QR codes on most of the buildings will direct you to our website and to the history of each building. Perhaps an Easter walk in the history of the iron-hut, the ‘Königshütte’,  could also include an excursion to the spa park, even if at the moment only the bare pillars of the Scholmwehr Bridge can be seen, there is hope that by early summer it will again be possible to walk without detour from Kirchberg to the city center and back.

Enjoy the Easter holiday in the circle in which it is possible for you.

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year

This year has gone by far too quickly. It was an eventful year, unfortunately burdened by the Corona pandemic. Therefore, we were not able to show you, dear visitors, around the ensemble of the Königshütte and through our small museum to the extent that we would have liked to. But Christmas time is also a time of hope and so we want to trust in the future and hope that when the vaccination against the Covid-19 virus really gets going, we will be able to show you 'our' Königshütte and its history in person again.
I wish you all a peaceful, reflective Christmas season, even though this year it will certainly be in smaller circles than we and you are used to. And we on the board of the Förderkreis wish you especially good health for the New Year.