Erasmus Bridge, Rotterdam

Erasmus Bridge, Rotterdam (must see)

The Erasmusbrug ("Erasmus Bridge") is a famous bridge made of cable-stayed across the Nieuwe Maas river, connecting the northern and southern parts of the city of Rotterdam. It was designed by Ben van Berkel and completed in 1996. The bascule bridge is the largest and heaviest in West Europe and has the largest panel of its type in the world. The structure is called "the Swan" by locals because of its graceful posture over the water. The southern span of the bridge has an 89-metre-long (292 ft) bascule bridge for ships that cannot pass under the bridge. After costing more than 163 million euros to construct, the bridge was officially opened by Queen Beatrix on September 6, 1996. Shortly after the bridge opened to traffic in October 1996, it was discovered that the bridge would swing under particularly strong wind conditions. To reduce the trembling, stronger shock dampers were installed.

Why You Should Visit:
To admire one of the most beautiful bridges anywhere – a triumph of design.
Great crossing whether by bike or on foot. Also, you can take some nice pics of the city, with Maas river and the new skyline of Kop van Zuid.

Tip:
Worth seeing both during the day & after-dark due to a completely different look.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Erasmus Bridge on Map

Sight Name: Erasmus Bridge
Sight Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walk  

Walking Tours in Rotterdam, Netherlands

Create Your Own Walk in Rotterdam

Create Your Own Walk in Rotterdam

Creating your own self-guided walk in Rotterdam is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

It would be a pity to leave Rotterdam without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Rotterdam, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Nightlife Walking Tour in Rotterdam

Nightlife Walking Tour in Rotterdam

Rotterdam is a unique city that sparkles with the liveliest nightlife in the Netherlands. It's got a festival atmosphere that provides visitors with a great deal of enjoyment. There are a number of movies and musical attractions here as well. Take our walking nightlife tour to find the city's top night clubs.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Holland's major port, Rotterdam is an attraction in its own right, totally rebuilt after WWII, hence featuring bold, modern architecture, sometimes as peculiar as the world-famous Cubic Houses. The local Maritime Museum, displaying vintage ships and exhibits, attests to the city's great seafaring past. To get to know Rotterdam in its variety, follow this orientation walk and explore the galore of local sights.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
Museums of Rotterdam Walking Tour

Museums of Rotterdam Walking Tour

Rotterdam is a city and municipality in the Dutch area of South Holland in the west of the Netherlands. It's got a rich diversity of museums, where you'll be amazed by the gorgeous and fully-featured exhibits. Check out our rundown of all the best, most famous museums in the city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

Souvenir Shopping Part 1

It would be a pity to leave Rotterdam without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Rotterdam, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Places of Worship in Rotterdam

Places of Worship in Rotterdam

The historic center of Rotterdam was bombed in May 1940, and almost all of the churches in the area were damaged. Lamentably, numerous significant churches have had to be pulled down. Since then, the downtown area has been rebuilt in a Functionalist style, and some modern churches have been erected. Check out our tour for the key places of worship to see in Rotterdam.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km

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Souvenirs Shopping: 16 Genuine Dutch Things to Buy in Rotterdam

Souvenirs Shopping: 16 Genuine Dutch Things to Buy in Rotterdam

Just as any other major Dutch destination, Rotterdam is associated with sea, excellent cheeses, marvelous beer, good food and, generally speaking, good taste. A set of gifts from Rotterdam will duly reflect any, if not all, of these qualities. Listed here are some of the items that might prove well...