Schweinfurt’s Gutermann Promenade is a great place for a monument trail, where you can walk past a whole series of industrial and technical historic monuments. The promenade is named after the Schweinfurt teacher and homeland researcher Hubert Gutermann (1892-1974). It runs below the Old Town on the northern banks of the River Main.
The walk takes you past the former mill building, which is listed in the Bavarian monuments register. The long, two-storey building dates back to the first half of the 19th century. Its stepped gable is particularly striking.
The promenade also has two different protected cranes: In the east of the promenade is a mobile rotary grab crane with an electric motor from the year 1926. West of the mill, an iron port crane makes a sculptural appearance. This crane was built in 1852. A roller dam from the year 1903 has been given similar treatment: The dam was relocated in the 1960s and set up as a sculpture on the banks of the River Main. Before that, the roller dam acted as a barrage for 60 years. The entire complex, at 37 metres in length, spanned the Main River. An 18 HP electric motor ensured that in an emergency the rollers could be lifted to a height of up to four metres within fifteen minutes.
The prototype of this world-first roller dam is still in its original location in Schweinfurt: Built in 1902, it provides a reliable way of regulating the water levels in the Saumain between the islands of Main and Böcklein. By now, two electric motors have taken on this task, which used to require 12 men, but apart from that, the monument has been preserved to a large extent in its original state.