Ponte Dom Luis, Porto
The Dom Luis bridge has a lower and an upper floor.
The lower floor is mainly reserved for the cars, but you have a pedestrian alley too.
But the top floor is what is really interesting as this is reserved for the trains and the pedestrians and you have a fantastic view from the top of the bridge where you can see the river Douro and both it's riverbanks aswell as most of the rest of Porto.
You can enter the walkway to the bridge just around the corner from the Cathedral.
As you walk away from the cathedral then just walk past the statue of Vimara and then turn left and the bridge is just 100 meters away.
The Dom Luis bridge is a very impressive bridge that is roughly 120 years old.
It´s an iron bridge with 2 floors and carries both cars, trains aswell as pedestrians and bicycles.
It´s the most important bridge in Porto when it comes to connecting the two parts of town on each side of the river and one of the big landmarks of Porto.
I´m usually afraid of high places,but my husband wanted to go to upper deck of Ponte Luis I.At last day of our stay I finally promised to go there.It wasn´t so bad as I though.AT towers I feel like they are falling down,but at bridge I just needed to stay little far from railing and I felt not so bad ;) Some guys were sitting down and hanging their feet through the railing!That looked bad for me-of course it was safe,but anyway..
The Ribeira and the D. Luís bridge are “ex libris” of Porto, and with all the merit.
The whole surrounding of the bridge, the river and the houses coming down the hill, as well as the boats “Rabelo” that lie on the Gaia side, are a must see, at anytime of day or night.
This Bridge is considered to be Portos' Landmark, it is probably the most photographed structure in Porto.
Designed by Teofilo Seyrig, a Belgian engineer, who was a student of Gustav Eiffel, (There is some confusion that Eiffel himself designed this bridge - but in fact he designed the nearby Maria Pia railway bridge).
The bridge was needed to replace the defunct Ponte Pensil that had previously connected Ribeira with Vila Nova de Gaia on the opposite bank, and was inaugerated in 1886.
The old stone pillars on the Ribeira side of the bridge are the only remains of the Ponte Pensil.
The lower tray of the bridge carries vehicles, with 2 narrow pavements for passengers.
This was particularly busy on the Sunday afternoon that I visited, as groups of cyclists raced through amongst the many cars and motor scooters.
The upper tray offers spectacular views for pedestrians. It also carries the metro. I understand walking along here can be quite daunting for those with a fear of heights.
This photogenic bridge is apparently worth viewing early morning, as the mist, which hangs over the river begins to clear
There are 7 bridges crossing the river Douro - but this one is the most famous and, for me, also the most beautiful. It was designed by Teofilo Seyrig, partner of Eiffel (yes, the one of the Eiffel tower!) and it was opened in October 1886.
It is impossible to miss it - just walk down to Ribeira and there it stands! It's also the fastest way to reach the other bank of the river to go to the "caves" - just walk through it by foot.
Ponte Dom Luis I was constucted by one of Gustav Eiffel's students and opened in 1886. This iron bridge consists of two levels. The lower one is for motor vehicles and the upper for pedestrians and metro.
Walking over it is quite an experience, especially for people who suffer from fear of heights, like me. I didn't feel very secure when I was in the middle of it high above the river (about 60 metres) and the metro thundered past me. But it was worth it - the views from the bridge are stunning.
There is a sculpture on the bridge that commemorates a sad event that took place in Porto in 1809. When French troops invaded the city, its inhabitants were escaping in large numbers to Vila Nova de Gaia using a pontoon bridge (built from linked barges). The construction didn't withstand such a big weight and 5000 people lost their lives in the river.
This bridge is one of 6 bridges but the most popular of them. It was built by Teofilo Seyrig, who was one of Eiffel's students. There is a bridge designed by Eiffel further down the river, but it hasn't been in service for a number of years.
The landmark of Porto is the Ponte Luiz 1. This bridge is designed by Gustav Eiffel and if you take a good look at it you may recognize a bit of eiffel tower in it. If not, you will still like the big steel construction. From downside you can stroll past the riverside and on top of the bridge runs the metroline.. Yes, the metro crosses the river high above ground but goes below ground as soon it reaches mainland in the citycenter side, that also gives you an impression of the steep hills this bridge is built between.
You can go up the bridge by walking uphill from the train station, or take the stairs/train from the riverside.
The locals are duly proud of the two-level bridge, built by Eiffel himself. The bridge compliments the beauty of the Ribeira and the sorrounding cliffs and the river. You will walk here to cross from the Ribeira to Vila Nova and back, and the views from the bridge are incredible.
Argh! Look at this. The very thing I most wanted to see in all of Porto, the Ponte Dom Luis I, totally obscured by scaffolding. The view of it, magnificent from so many parts of the city, was ruined, and you couldn't even walk across the top for views of the city, as that had been closed off also. This was so typical of my visit to Portugal, where everything seemed to be under construction at the height of the tourist season, that it no longer came as a shock to me that the two major draws for the city (this being one of them) were only partially functional as a tourist attraction.
This century old two tier bridge would be a delight to see from the Cais da Ribeira (pictured) if it wasn't shrouded in metal and canvas sheets. Some other good views for when you go are at either end of the top tier.
Under repairs when I was there... but it still looks nice (and even better by night).
This bridge links the Ribeira (old town of Porto) with Vila Nova de Gaia (where all the wine cellars are). You can go accros it by foot.
The Bridge Luis I, built in 1886, is one of the most photographed landmarks in Porto. When I visited, the bridge was under construction because an underground train system was in the process of being built. Thus I apologize for all the framework masking the true beauty of the bridge in my photo. The bridge connects Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia (on the south side of the Douro).
"Ponte D. Luís" is one of the city's landmarks. This is a double-decker road bridge connecting Porto with Gaia, in the south side of Douro River.
Pedestrians can freely cross both the upper and lower levels on narrow pavements.
Ponte Dom Luís
Erected in 1861-66 by the Société Belge de Willebroeck to plans by Théophile Seyrig, a former assistant to Eiffel. This is a double-decker road bridge connecting Oporto with Vila Nova de Gaia.
Its span is 558ft and it is 223ft high with a 26ft wide roadway which carries single-file two-way traffic on both levels. Pedestrians can freely cross both the upper and lower levels on narrow pavements.
Until the 1990s the top deck also carried trolley buses.