A Bridge to Switzerland

During WWII, there was a bridge connecting Germany and Switzerland, and on the German side, there was a sentry tower with a guard in it. He would come out every three minutes to check on the bridge, and he had orders to turn back anyone who tried to get into Germany, and shoot anyone trying to escape without a pass. There was a woman who desperately needed to get into Switzerland, and she knew she didn’t have time to get a pass. It would take her at least six minutes to cross the bridge, but she managed to do it. How?

She walked on the bridge towards Switzerland for 3 minutes and just as the guard was about to come out, she turned around walking back to Germany. The guard saw her and asked for her pass but she didn’t have one and was sent back (or what the guard thought was back) to Switzerland. In her case it was the very country she wanted to go to.

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6 Comments on "A Bridge to Switzerland"

Seth says
November 16, 2015 @ 12:56

The woman waits for the gaurd to go back inside, then makes it halfway across the bridge (6 minutes bridge, so 3 minutes to the center). The gaurd does not know if she is coming or going (since she is at the middlepoint), and must therfore ask. The woman lies, saying she’s trying to get into Germany, so gets turned to “go back” to Switzerland.

Kate says
March 6, 2016 @ 12:50

The lady goes halfway across the bridge and the guard asks her where she is from (to send her back to that country) and she says Switzerland so he sends her “back” to Switzerland.

Candy says
May 21, 2016 @ 02:17

She waits till the guard goes inside. Walks halfway across taking up 3 minutes leaving 3 minutes. Guard comes out when she halfway. He asks her where she is from so she says Switzerland. He sends her back taking her another 3 minutes. She makes it across the bridge taking exactly 6 minutes without being caught. ?

asd says
February 22, 2017 @ 16:11

she walks to switzerland because guard only stops people getting to germany duhh

Bulto says
January 30, 2018 @ 21:33

@asd___ the German guard stops people from entering Germany as well as shoots those who try to escape without a pass… it’s indicated there..!

kait says
June 27, 2018 @ 05:32

i was very off, I said she probably would fall to the ground and pretend to be a dead body that was already shot on the bridge than stand up when the guard was gone.

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