Erasmus Bridge Rotterdam Reviews
Erasmus bridge Jul 25, 2009
The Erasmus bridge (Erasmusbrug) is a cable stayed bridge across the Nieuwe Maas river, linking the northern and southern halves of the city of Rotterdam, Netherlands. It is designed by Ben van Berkel and completed in 1996. The 808 metre long bridge has a 139 metre-high asymmetrical pylon, earning the bridge its nickname of "The Swan".
The southern span of the bridge has a 89 metre long bascule bridge for ships that cannot pass under the bridge. The bascule bridge is the largest and heaviest in West Europe and has the largest panel of its type in the world. The bridge was officially opened by Queen Beatrix on September 6, 1996, having cost 165 million Dutch guilders (about 75 million euro) to construct. Shortly after the bridge opened to traffic in October 1996, it was discovered the bridge would swing under particularly strong wind conditions. To reduce the trembling, stronger shock dampers were installed.
The bridge featured in the 1998 Jackie Chan film Who Am I?. In 2005 several planes flew underneath the bridge as part of the "Red Bull Air Race". In 2005, the bridge served as the backdrop for a performance by DJ Tiësto titled "Tiësto @ The Bridge, Rotterdam". The performance featured fire fighting ships spraying jets of water into the air in front of the bridge, a fireworks barge launching fireworks beside the bridge, and multi coloured spot/search lights attached to the bridge itself.
Before dinner we spend for a few drinks in a bar near the bridge on the site of the water. A perfect place after a few hours watching the summer carnival.
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The Swan Jul 17, 2007
Erasmus Bridge goes across the Nieuwe Maas river to link the North and the South part of Rotterdam.
Rotterdam is well known for its recent architecture, the bridge was built in 1996. It is 808m long and 139m high.
The port of Rotterdam is very famous as it is one of the busiest port of the world. I did not cross the bridge, but I had opportunities to see it from the boat while touring the port.
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