Hanušovce viaduct

The largest railway arch bridge in Central Europe.

A wooden, 90 meters long “Gregorian” bridge was built across the river Topľa in the first third of the 19th century. The story of the bridge begins right after the end of World War II. The Hanušovce viaduct is the longest railway arch bridge (with a radius of 350 m) not only in Slovakia but also in Central Europe. It consists of one arched opening and nine openings with a lattice steel structure. It was built as part of a fifty-kilometre line from Prešov to Strážské and was part of four railway viaducts with a total length of 946.92 meters. The railway was very important as in those times Zemplín was connected with the rest of the territory only through Hungary via privileged transit traffic. The Hanušovce viaduct stands on 9 steel truss bridge structures and concrete pillars lined with row masonry. The bridge decks were once lined with oak boards which were later replaced by corrugated sheets. At the highest point, tracks rise above the ground at the height of 40 m. The level of the railway rises by 10 ‰. and the foundations of the pillars are said to be as deep as the pillars above the ground are high. There are four other bridge structures in the cadastral area of ​​the town, one above the “Hrabovec” valley, the other just behind the railway station in the “Hlibovec” valley and the other between the Bystré stop and the Pavlovce turnout, all of which are national cultural monuments.


No guarantee: You can walk on the bench under the railway tracks. However, tracks are tilted sideways, so be sure to pay attention while walking.

How to get there

The viaduct passes through the city.