The Erasmusbrug or Erasmus Bridge , located in Rotterdam, Netherlands , is a cable stayed bridge across the New Meuse river . The bridge operates as the last crossing point between the Northern and Southern areas of Rotterdam .
Erasmus Bridge is an icon of Rotterdam and one of the most famous bridges in Netherlands . Erasmusbrug is so popular that has even become part of the city’s official logo.
Erasmusbrug was officially opened by Queen Beatrix on September 6, 1996, having cost approximately 75 million Euros 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.
Erasmus Bridge , designed by Ben van Berkel , is 800 meters long and has a 139 meter high pylon which is fastened by 32 stays. This architectonic highlight also consists of a fixed section with shipping clearance of 260 m and a bascule bridge that leaves 50 m clearance for shipping. Due to its white color the bridge is also known as ‘The Swan’ because of the way it stands over the water.
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 Erasmus Bridge has been the center of many spectacles, such as Hollywood movies, Red Bull Air Races, dance events and the start of the Tour de France in 2010.
In 2005, the bridge served as the backdrop for a performance by DJ Tiesto titled “Tiesto @ 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 coloured spot lights attached to the bridge itself.
We strongly recommend you to visit Erasmusbrug if you happen to spend your vacation in Netherlands . Who knows what event may be organized when you are visiting the spectacular Erasmus Bridge.