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What does Mariënbrucke mean?
Marienbrücke (also spelled Marienbruecke without the umlaut accent) also known as Pöllatbrücke is a bridge near Neuschwanstein Castle located in Hohenschwangau in Bavaria Germany. It means 'Marie's Bridge' and is named after Queen Marie von Preußen of Bavaria.
How do you pronounce Marienbrücke and Pöllatbrücke?
The German umlaut alters vowel sounds, and the difference is not always clear to people who don´t speak German, not least because the altered sounds aren´t a part of our pronunciation. A ´ü´ with an umlaut is more rounded, and closer to the ´oo´ in ´book´ and 'brew' than in ´boon´. For the rest, German is quite straightforward. You pronounce ´Marienbrücke´ like ´mah:ree:[e]n:brew:k[e]
An ´ö´ becomes the sound of the ´u´ in ´purr´, but without the ´r´which is particularly important for American and Canadian speakers to note. This sound is never found in English without a ´r´ present, so we default to the closest available option. 'Pöllatbrucke' is pronounced 'pø:laht:brew:k[e]
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