River Reuss

Have you seen a needle dam before? I saw one for the first time over River Reuss. The science of this type of dam is very different from the usual ones. It is not a completely water tight type of a dam, instead it has strips of wood which can be inserted or taken off from horizontal bars across the river. This regulates the flow of water.

When we were at Lucerne, we saw a section of the needles taken off from one side of the dam. Water was gushing out in good speed; it made such a pleasant gurgling sound. The swiftness with which the river was flowing gave a feeling that it can easily sweep off the wooden structure, yet it held on strongly. You can see the covered Kapellbruecke Bridge and beyond that the beautiful Alps (above pics).

This is the view from Spreuerbruecke Bridge. The building with two towers visible in the shot is the Jesuit Church. The onion shaped domes reminded me of the Moghul architecture here in India.

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43 Responses

  1. Haddock says:

    Never knew of this.
    Surprised that the wooden structures still hold.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. I've seen this in Lucerne.. Its simply amazing!

  3. EG Wow says:

    Cool. I have never heard of a needle dam before. How fortunate you were to see a section removed. That sounds fascinating!

  4. Lovely capture. I love the rush of water you snapped beautifully.


  5. maiaT says:

    Beautiful sight and photos. I've never seen such a dam, it must be very old.
    You've chosen a great angle for your compositions and captured beautifully the curve the water describes.

  6. Hilary says:

    That's quite fascinating. I'd never heard of a needle dam before. Your photos are gorgeous as always.

  7. slommler says:

    Wow!! A needle dam…never heard of it either. Very cool!!
    Nice photos too!

  8. J Bar says:

    What a beautiful river in a wonderful place.
    Sydney – City and Suburbs

  9. Titanium says:

    Wow! The needles look so delicate and yet they totally have the last word on where the water goes. Thanks for sharing these… takes me right into a whole different world.

  10. LV says:

    Having not ever been to this area, I never saw a dam like this. That is not the way we do it in Texas. They must work, but I am not sure how much water it would hold.

  11. very interesting! i didn't know this is called a needle dam–i saw a similar construction in small rivers here. i wonder how they constructed this with that volume of water. great post!

  12. Lorac says:

    I had never heard of a needle dam. Very interesting, thank you!

  13. I've never heard of a needle dam either. That flow of water is mesmerizing! What a beautiful scene and the background is truly wonderful! These are so nice enlarged, too!

  14. Lakshmi says:

    Did see this briefly in Lucerne..nice post

  15. Tes says:

    Interesting. Good capture, nice perspective! πŸ™‚

  16. Swarna says:

    What observation!
    The comments section still seems to be playing truant?

  17. Arija says:

    It is incredible thatthose matchsticke withstand that incredible force of water. It was so nice to see the place again, its while since we were there.

  18. That's amazing, I learned something new this morning all thanks to you. Great photo share also.

    My Wednesday post –Tall Sail Ships Arriving. Lots of photos! Hope you can come take the tour with me!

  19. Nice post about the needle dam which I would not have known . Love the pictures too.

  20. Regina says:

    Wow so powerful. Great captures and watery outdoor post!
    Have a great week.


  21. Francisca says:

    That first shot made me want to dive into photo and body surf down that water swooshing around the needle damn. Hadn't heard the term before. Interesting post; thanks for sharing.

  22. George says:

    I had not heard of a needle dam before. But it definitely looks interesting and your pictures are beautiful. Thanks for teaching me something new today.

  23. Martha Z says:

    Very interesting, I love the way the water swirls around the side where the needles had been removed. It is facinating, the various ways we humans come up with to tame nature.

  24. There is a lot of water moving over that dam. I have never heard of that kind of a dam before. Very interesting.

  25. Fantastic. There is a lot of details. Great shots.



  26. New info and beautiful shots!

  27. Ann says:

    did you encounter any blogging trouble today?

    Your European trip must have cost a lot.

  28. I have never heard of a needle dam and so I have learned something new.

  29. beautiful sight and capture πŸ™‚

  30. Wow it looks beautiful, I'm seeing one for the first time too!

  31. Interesting dam, amazingly captured..

  32. Beautiful captures ! wow! ki shundor !!

  33. Mridula says:

    Never seen this before!

  34. ilakshee says:

    I found this dam fascinating during our trip to Lucerne and also the history behind the two bridges. Nice captures as usual Indrani!

  35. ilakshee says:

    Found this dam fascinating and also the history behind the two bridges during our trip to Lucerne! Nice captures as usual Indrani!

  36. Wow ! never knew there are things called needle dam. looks fragile though πŸ™‚

  37. Wow! Great shot! Nice information. Thanks for sharing!

  38. Great post! Amazing dam.. I never knew about a needle dam and to think that wood is still there !1

  39. Informative and such a lovely place you have visited. Hope you had a great time πŸ™‚

  40. Well that's something I had never even heard of. You just upped my GK quotient Indrani πŸ™‚

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