The Nieuwe Maas cuts right through the citycentre of Rotterdam. Several bridges and tunnels link the two banks.
The important connections for cars are the Erasmusbrug connecting the northbank with the south bank of the river and a bit more inland the Willemsbrug connecting the north bank with the Noordereiland and the Koninginnebrug connecting Noordereiland with the southbank (Kop van Zuid).
Close to the Koninginnebrug is the so-called 'Hef' crossing the Koningshaven. After the opening of the tunnel for the trains, all railwaybridges were moved away except this striking vertical liftbridge (hefbrug). The Hef, a cultural monument now, is standing open permanently.
The sun was going down and the weather itself started to worsen - a bit of drizzle, some fog... but all this didn't spoil my impression while we walked along Erazmus Bridge... very impressive construction.
Was thinking about alike bridge in Seville which ws built there for the Expo, but Axel told that Erazmus was bigger, ok! no point to argue.... I didn't measure either ;)))))
Go on top of the Euromast. Only here you can get a proper impression about how large the harbour is. Looking Westwards you see the industrial area's Rotterdam-Europort, that stretch out to the sea (still 25 kilometres more from here). On the other site the view falls in between the skyscratchers and along the Maas-boulevards. The bridges are linking North and South, with as highlights the Van Briennenoord~ (in the distance), the Willems~ (red) and the Erasmus~ (the huge 'harp').
Fondest memory: Visiting the statue of tsar Peter the Great with my Russian girl Irina. Although our both historical hero was never in Rotterdam, he knew like nobody else how important a harbour is to a great nation.
A detail of the Erasmus bridge, designed by Ben van Berkel, 1987-1996
Behind at the left the KPN building which displayes all kinds of figures on its front using lights. At the time I looked at it, it was a dancing figure.
One of the newest bridges in Rotterdam is the Erasmus bridge or nicknamed The Swan.
On the picture the were still building the bridge!
Erasmus Bridge, designed by Ben van Berkel
Fondest memory: It was raining that dusk. I was lucky to see cables pulling open the bridge when ship went across.
The bridge is a landmark of the city.