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Special transport for Munich Christmas Market

20.11.2017 | Planted 48 years ago as a wedding present, this year a Serbian spruce from Moosbrunn will serve as the Christmas tree adorning Marienplatz in Munich. “Replacing the sled”, Wimmer Maschinentransporte from Sulzemoos, which, among other things, specialises in industrial assembly, crane rental and storage, was commissioned with the tree’s transport this year.
From left to right: Konrad Kammergruber, FDP County Chairman, Sigrid Resch, Tourism Manager, Sarah Freudlsperger from the Environmental Agency, Deputy Mayor Christa Seeman, Dr. Rudolf Saller, transport law lawyer and contact person to the Felbermayr subsidiary Wimmer Maschinentransporte as well as Rochus Doblander from Doblander. © wimmer

The spruce with a trunk circumference of 60 centimetres had reached an impressive height of 24 metres and a weight of six tonnes. Planted in 1969 as a 14-year-old tree on the occasion of a wedding, it was given its new purpose as a Christmas tree at the beginning of November. On the ground and tied up like a large parcel, the special transport with a total length of more than 30 metres and a width of about 5 metres took place during the night from 8 to 9 November and was carried out by Felbermayr’s subsidiary Wimmer Maschinentransporte from Sulzmoos. The bridge underpass on the B12 near Thambach, with a height of only 4.10 metres, proved a particular challenge on the route, but due to careful previous planning and a telescopic semi flat bed trailer, it could be mastered without any problems.

Bang on schedule and accompanied by a police escort, the “landmark” of Munich’s Christmas Market arrived at Marienplatz on 8 November at 5:00 a.m. There, the Serbian spruce was lifted up by the Munich professional fire brigade using a truck-mounted crane. The tree was then decorated with about 3,000 lights by means of a working platform. Thus adorned, the stately coniferous tree will provide a fitting pre-Christmas atmosphere at Munich's oldest Christmas market. Afterwards the tree might serve a community as a maypole – with a bit of luck for as much as two more years.

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