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An old wooden covered bridge of Sch霵au am K霵igssee. A covered bridge not only has much romantic appeal but also serve a practical purpose.

Wooden bridges tend to deteriorate rapidly from exposure to the elements, having a useful lifespan of only nine to ten years. Covering them protect their structures thus extending their life up to 80 years or more. Covered bridges were also constructed to be used by travelers during storms and inclemental weather.

Photo is part of my St Bartholoma to Sch霵au am K霵igssee Walking Theme. This shows near the end of the walk upon reentering the village of Sch霵au am K霵igssee. In the background is K霵igssee (The King's Lake), and further back is Mount Jenner which forms a border with Austria.

PS: The "World Guide to Covered Bridges" (USA 1980) lists 898 historical covered bridges in the USA, 202 in Canada, 162 in Switzerland, 79 in Austria and 28 in the western part of Germany. These date from the 18th. century to the early 1900s. The majority of these structures have been photographed, some have been accurately measured and documented and a rare few have been subjected to intense investigation.

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