Rotterdam is counting many bridges and some of them are not to mis during a visit in Rotterdam. Nice to know: besides the three bridges across the big river Maas present there are plans for two new bridges.
De 802 metre Erasmusbrug is one of the big Rotterdam icons. De Zwaan (The Swan) dates from 1996. The bridge connects the centre site with the southern site and played a big role in the development of the southern part that was alway less important in Rotterdam. The design is from architect Ben van Berkel from UNStudio.
The Willemsbrug in eastern direction ends up at Noordereiland, an island in the Maas. The second and last version of the Willemsbrug was made in 1981. The first version was delivered in 1878 and played an important role during the Second World War where Dutch marines and German soldiers where fighting heavily.
Van Brienenoord Bridge
When we go further in eastern direction we end up at the Van Brienenoordbrug where the A16 is running, one of the Netherland’s busiest motorways. The bridge dates from 1965 and was openend by queen Juliana. The Van Brienenoordbrug is offering great views over the skyline of Rotterdam and the Stadion Feyenoord.
De Hef (since 1927) is a national monument and one of the icons of Rotterdam. The former bridge (official name is Koningshavenbrug) that had once a railroad connects Noordereiland with the neighbourhood Feijenoord. Beside de Koningshavenbrug you will find the Koninginnebrug. Thanks to a light design the bridge has at night the same characteristic green colour as today.
In the Wijnhaven we will find the elegant Regentessebrug. A special detail is that the Regentessebrug is a prewar bridge that dates from 1898.
In Rotterdam North the Noorderbrug connects the neighbourhoods Crooswijk and the Oude Noorden. The bridge across the Rotte leads to the Noordplein where you will find the attractive Zaagmolenkade and Zwaanshal, streets full of nice shops and small restaurants.