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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.