A beautiful piece of architecture. It consists of two bridges: the second bridge was added in the eighties because the first one was a bottleneck for traffic on the Ring of Rotterdam. Nowadays the right bridge (west side) is used for local traffic, while the left one (east side) is meant for traffic that passes Rotterdam. In this way traffic streams optimally.
Quite often however the bridge opens with an enormous trafiic jam as result. If you are lucky you will see this huge piece of concrete being lifted in the air.
This bridge used to be the main connection between north and south, before the Erasmusbridge was built. The Willemsbridge takes you from north to the Northern Island, while the Koninginnenbridge takes you further to the south part.
The Willemsbridge does not open for ships, large ships have to pass the Koninginnenbridge (which does open regularly). Especially at night the Willemsbridge looks very nice with all the lights.
The Erasmusbridge deserves special attention. In spite of all critics (for example, it costed 160 million euro) and problems with constructing it about 7 years ago (it trembled when windy), the bridge has become the face of Rotterdam.
It is 139 meters high and 800 meters long. From the water the bridge is about 11 meters high. From the bridge you have a nice view over the waterside and Maasboulevard.
Walk your feet off to see all the beauties such as the famous Erasmus bridge (nickname the swan) sculptures by renowned artists like De Kooning, Picasso, Gabo, Zadkine and Rodin, which can be found all over Rotterdam. Pay a visit to the Maritime Museum, the Chabotmuseum, De Kunsthal, Het Nederlands Architectuur instituut a design by Jo Coenen, world's largest architectural museum and go to Museum Boymans van Beuningen, with its beautiful collection of trad. and contemp. works by masters incl. Rembrandt, Bosch, Brueghel, Degas, Monet, Picasso and van Gogh. In addition, the museum has a sizeable design collection.
Rotterdam is a city of modern beauty, the population is very hard working, the harbour is worlds largest and The Rotterdam Museumpark offers visitors a number of top quality museums (mentioned above) all situated within a stone's throw from each other, and there are more museaums worthy of a visit, go ask ANWB/VVV (Tourist info) Coolsingel 67 3012 AC Rotterdam.
The Willemsbrug ('Willems bridge') is an important link for car traffic across the Maas. Suspended between its two characteristic red pylons, the Willemsbrug has become a well-known landmark, and a popular subjects for picture postcards from Rotterdam. *)
The original Willemsbrug was built in 1878. This one was completed in the 1980's.
The Erasmus bridge has become the trademark image of rotterdam in a short time. When you are standing in front of the bridge, it looks even more impressive than on any picture. The roadway of the bridge is small and slightly bent, which prevent it from a massive look. The architect Ben van Berkel really has designed every little part of the bridge. The brug is designed first from an architectonial point of view; afterwards has been calculated if it was technically conceivable. This unusual way of designing has let to a number of problems. The biggest one was that in the first storm the bridge started to move! That has been corrected in the mean time, but it caused a heated debate in the press. The Erasmus bridge connects the old southern harbour, where the ocean steamers of the Holland America Line departed, with the inner city.
Rotterdam's true symbol, the strange, yet gracious Erasmus Bridge. It was designed by the Dutch architect Ben van Berkel in 1997 and it`s an interesting piece of architecture that looks like... no one really knows what. I asked many people: some suggested a harp, others a viking ship, others again a swan. I don't know which of these theories is actually the most accurate one, if ever there's any - what they have in common is that all of them bear no connection whatsoever to Dutch life or history. Whatever it's meant to represent, its sight is beautiful, especially at dusk: its outline, then, seems particularily fragile and delicate.
This beautiful red bridge connects the north and south side of Rotterdam. It is one of the most important connections for traffic between the two sides. The original Willemsbrug was built in 1878. This one was completed in the 1980's.
Water and the mainport are very important for Rotterdam. When you want to travel from the north to the southbank of the city, you will have to cross the river ´Maas´. At the back you can see the red 'Willemsbrug´, which leads to the Noordereiland, the isle in the river. At the front, you see the former railwaybridge, which is now no longer in use because of the railwaytunnel under the river. The bridge is now a industrial monument, and was completed in 1927.
This is an old rail bridge, completed in 1927 which is now out of use. It means 'the lift' because the central beam rises to let boats through. It is now permanently open.
Or Willems Bridge. This is the famous car bridge with it's distinctive red pylons. It was completed in the 1980's and is a popular postcard picture. This picture is not very good.
This bridge, also named as De Hef it's really a huge bridge.
It has been built in 1927 and designed by P. Joosting and it's 70 meters high.
I guess many words have been written about Erasmus and Willems bridge. They are both amazing and one of the first things you should see (dont miss them in the night!!!!)
The Erasmus Bridge is a great architectural structure in Rotterdam, the cable-stay bridge links the North and South side of the city. Locals call it The Swan.
We have come from Budapest, the city of bridges, but Rotterdam is (almost :) has as beautiful bridges as Budapest, though they are very young (W.brug 1984, Erasmusbrug 1990 if my mind is right).