Vaholm covered bridge from the 17th century, is Sweden’s only covered and leads over river Tidan – a suspension bridge in two spans. Bridges of this kind are otherwise very common in the US, but in Europe they are just a few examples in Germany and Switzerland. In Scandinavia there is only similar bridge in Norway; The Hammer Bridge in mid Norway – looking almost the same as this Vaholm:
Vaholm bridge was renovated in 1992 after having been close to collapse.
Located in the courtyard Vaholm it has been discussed as a possible location of the former royal farm, which gave its name to the local area. The farm’s current main building is from the start of the 1800s. Last weekend, when in Sweden, my wife and I took a little road trip looking for this well known covered bridge and we gladly take you with (click pic to bigify & enjoy):
The suspension wooden bridge is a two-span, totalling 34 feet of the main girders of round logs. The land attachment, like bridge piers in the center, built of hewn stone brick and is held together by tension straps of iron. On the main studs are longitudinal spans of wood with wrought iron hangers carrying the bridge deck:
The bridge house itself is independent and built in the traditional manner with a single pole design works. The house is covered with a Falu red paint panels, and the bottom decorated with a carved scallop design. Neither the bridge nor the house is particularly remarkable on its own – but the combination makes a unique facility.
Others have reported seeing crying child faces on the wall while others said they felt like someone wanted to kill them while standing there. Some have even said that they felt someone tried to strangle them when standing in the bridge house after dark, and it is rumoured that something very terrible may have happened here.
Tidan is a locality situated in Skövde Municipality, Västra Götaland County in Sweden which has about 1000 inhabitants and only 20 minutes from our vacation home in Mariestad. In spite of the ghost stories I didn’t notice anything about the bridge except how lovely it looked in the nice summer weather. I didn’t feel anything while crossing it, although Diane was a bit sceptical to driving the car over:
Whatever its history this fine bridge over Tidan river didn’t seem to mean us any harm. How about you – do you know or have heard of any of these kind of bridges?