Timber bridges may contribute to climate protection due to their carbon sink capability and substitutional effect. One basic requirement for the increased application of timber as an ecological and sustainable construction material is long-term durability. This can only be achieved by consistently using structural protection measures in all stages of planning, construction and service life. The paper presents sample drawings for the design of structurally protected timber bridges and provides recommendations for useful maintenance measures. Using standardized drawings increases effectiveness and efficiency in engineering offices and reduces the danger of serious errors in planning. Regarding their ecological and sustainable advantages, a significant increase in the market share of timber bridges is to be expected in Germany. Aesthetic, well-protected and durable timber bridges of a high-quality standard will characterise the landscape in the future.