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Investors looking for a piece of history may be pleased to hear that part of Germany's Ludendorff Bridge is up for sale, although it does require a bit of work.

A side view of the Remagen Bridge in March 1945 before it collapsed into the Rhine. Claude Musgrove took this picture of the famous Ludendorff Bridge over the Rhine River at Remagen, Germany. The smoke under and behind the bridge is from German artillery rounds trying to destroy the miraculously surviving link that let Allied forces cross the river.

Koblenz, Germany (dpa) – Investors looking for a piece of history may
be pleased to hear that part of Germany’s Ludendorff Bridge is up for
sale, although it does require a bit of work.

Two towers that once formed part of the WWII-era bridge are up for
sale in Rheinland-Palatinate, Juergen Rothe, a spokesman for the
Federal railway property fund (BEV), confirmed.

An advertisement for the property boasts the “remains of a monumental
bridge construction of national significance to war history.”

Allied Forces were surprised to find the bridge between Remagen and
Erpel largely intact in March 1945 – despite German efforts to
destroy it – allowing them to cross the Rhine river for the first
time.

However, it did finally collapse just days later.

“There are already several interested parties” for the towers on the
Erpel side, Rothe told dpa. They are to go to the highest bidder.

Joined at the ground floor, the towers are 100 years old and are
protected as national heritage sites. There is no heating or water in
the building.

Rothe warned that the towers need a lot of work and care but said
they may be of interest to artists or historical societies.

dpa