The Osten-Hemmoor ferry: an open-air stage for culture

The band Pojatz playing. Photo: Karl-Heinz Brinkmann

It has been a tough year due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Making it impossible for us to celebrate the bridge’s 111th anniversary. But it’s not all bad news.

Since June, when the bridge was permitted to resume its activity, the flow of visitors has been increasing steadily, exceeding the number of visitors in the 2019 season by 35%. A new record.

Also, the ferry has become a stage for open-air cultural events. It all started with musicians rehearsing outside, having been prohibited from doing so indoors, a move we are certain has opened many new possibilities for the future.

Osten-Hemmoor, the loss of a museum or a new beginning?

FährStuv. Photo: Karl-Heinz Brinkmann

This spring we were shocked to learn of the vandalism of the Bridge’s exhibition space, which was completely destroyed.

However, we must look to the future, and we are delighted to announce that the new museum project has already been started.

With an eye to the future, we have developed a concept that will enable everyone to learn more about the history of the ferry, including the visually impaired. And the new exhibition hall will be designed to be multi-purpose, convertible into an event hall with a small stage.

If everything goes according to plan, the new FährStuv will be ready for the start of the 2022 season, when it will host an open day.

Meeting of bridges at Rochefort, currently being renovated

In November 2018, representatives of the Bizkaia, Rendsburg and Osten bridges met in Rochefort to visit the renovation work on the transporter bridge there and work towards setting up a world association of transporter bridges.