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The Erasmus bridge is nice! I really like to watch it!
Built in 1996 is a 900m cable stayed bridge that links the north and south of Rotterdam.
Because of its shape the locals call it -De Zwaan- (the Swan).
hopefully we took the metro to return back to the city because we were almost dead after a long walking
The Erasmusbrug (Bridge of Erasmus) is a remarkable bridge between the centre of Rotterdam and the area of the "Kop van Zuid". The so called cable stayed bridge bridges the river of Meuse, is about 800 metres in length and got the nickname of Swan and Harp. It has been realized in between 1989 and 1996, and designed by Ben van Berkel. Costs? About € 63 miljoen!
The Erasmusbridge got special attention because in 1996, short after officially opened by Queen Beatrix, the bridge suddenly started to swing. That was scary and frightened so the bridge had to be renewed already then.
Still she justly is one of the most photographed and beloved objects of Rotterdam ...
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Willemsbrug - Rotterdam's "Golden Gate bridge"
The Willemsbrug is called the "golden Gate bridge" of Rotterdam. It was built in 1981, but it had two predecessors which date back to 1878. That is not only because of its red colour. It was the last (or first depending of your point of view) bridge of the Nieuwe Maas until the Erasmusbrug was built in 1996. When you are at the city center side, just look at the right side of the bridge. You will find a strange sculpture which is often called by its nickname "de waslijn" (the laundry line). For more information about that, look for my tip called "Maasbeeld", which is also the real name of this sculpture.
De Hef - an industrial monument
This bridge, completed in 1927, was the main trian bridge of Rotterdam until 1997. That was the year when a new tunnel was finished, removing almost all railroad infrastructure from the city center. The bridge is left as an industrial monument in upright position. The larger, northern part of the bridge is completely removed, but you can still see some remains of it, such as the fundaments in the Nieuwe Maas. At the side showing to the city center, you can walk on a small grass area where long time ago were railway tracks. The name “De Hef” means the lift and only refers to the part which could be lifted to that the big ships could pass by. Today, it is the nickname for the whole bridge.
Take a look at the second picture. There, you will see a large photo by Otto Snoek showing the old bridge. Have also a look at my tip “Maquette Oude Maasbruggen” for more bridge impressions.
The opening of the Erasmus bridge was in september 1996. The bridge, designed by architect Ben van Berkel, became the new symbol for the city. The citizens give the bridge the nick name 'the swan'. The bridge with ne pylon towering above the water looks like a graceful swan.
The eye catching cable-stay bridge connects the original citycentre at the north bank with the new central districts in the south. The spectacular bridge has a 800 m span and a 139 m high bent pylon. The bridge deck is supported by steel cables.
Before the construction of the eye catching Erasmus Bridge in 1997 the Willemsbrug was the main connection between the two banks of the river Nieuwe Maas in the citycentre of Rotterdam. The new Willemsbrug, designed by C. Veerling, is built in 1981. Under the bridge and river is the new railwaytunnel.
The Willems Brug (or Willemsbridge, named after King Willem III) with its two 50 M high striking red heads is located close to the Oude Haven (Old harbour) and the Cube Houses. At the background of the bridge you can find one of the most striking skylines of the Netherlands.
This is defenitely the most famous bridge of Rotterdam. The bridge connects the south of Rotterdam to the city centre. It was build in 1996, it's 800 meters long, 140 meters high and it's nickname is the Swan. Some rebuilding had to be done when it turned out that the bridge started swaying when there was a lot of wind.
Two wonderful bridges
If you are in Rotterdam you must be delighted by their's wonderful bridges. The best two of them are Erasmos bridge and Williams bridge. Bouth of them are greate constructions, but also beautiful parts of town to be see.
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Erasmusbrug - de zwan - symbol of modern RTM
The Erasmusbrug was built in 1996 and is the symbol of modern Rotterdam. The architect was Ben van Berkel. You can lift up a part of it to let pass larger ships, but this is very seldom seen. You can admire it from both side, (I love to see it from the Boompjes) and it is illuminated at night. Cross it and you will get a nice view on both parts of Rotterdam, on old and new harbours as well as on the Willemsburg, the second large bridge in Rotterdam.
On of the most famous bridges in the Netherlands is the Erasmusbridge. Also known as the Swan.
The suspensionbridge looks nice but is not the most sturdy bridge to have. After opening fierce winds made the cables vibrate, additional support to keep the bridge in place were made.
The Willems Bridge
The second big bridge over the Meuse rives in central Rotterdam is the Willemsbridge. It crosses the water right in from of the Old Harbour, close to the Cubic Houses.
The current bridge is also known as the "New Willemsbridge" because it replaced the old one in 1981. The new one was a few metres higher above the water, so more and bigger boats were able to cross it.
The bridge is famous because of its red colour, the two A-shaped heads that keep the platform up by lots of thick metal cables. The bridge was designed by the Rotterdam architect C. Veeling, and is named after the former Dutch King Willem III.
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The Erasmus Bridge
The Erasmus Bridge, together with the Willems Bridge is the second bridge in the centre of Rotterdam, crossing the Meuse river. This one connects the quarter Kop van Zuid (Head of South) with the citycentre at the Northbank of the river.
The Erasmus Bridge has a length of 808 metres. In the middle the bridge hangs on a 139 metres high concrete pillar. Due to it´s typical shape the bridge is named The Swan. Between the Head of South and this pillar there is a piece of 89 metres that can be opened for ship that can´t go under the Bridge.
At the northbank there is built a parking, a restaurant and the departurestation of the Spido boats under the bridge. The bridge was designed by UN Studio, from 1990 and was finished in 1996.
The Willemsbridge, nicknamed The Golden gate of Rotterdam, is a double suspension bridge. It is designed by C.Veeling and was ready in 1981. Todays bridge is already the third one the first one was opened in 1878 and was named after King Willem II.
Erasmusbridge (The Swan)
The Erasmusbridge was designed by Ben Van Berkel and was ready in 1996. It became in a very short time the landmark of Rotterdam. The bridge is a so called cable stayed bridge. The pylon is 139 meters high. The special form of the pylon is why the bridge is nicknamed The Swan. The bridge connects the north and south part of Rotterdam. The design is a good example of modern architecture, without a computer the bridge could have never been built.
If you are flying into Rotterdam, the most important things you will notice in Rotterdam without even touching ground are Erasmusbrug (Erasmus bridge) and the river Nieuwe Maas. Erasmusbrug (Erasmus bridge) is the example of new architecture and it also connects North and South part of city.
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