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Erasmus Bridge

This huge yet graceful bridge connects the north and south parts of Rotterdam and is one of the city’s most iconic architectural landmarks. 

Gaze up at the towering white pylon of the Erasmus Bridge, which stands taller than many of the city’s highest skyscrapers. It is one of many hypermodern structures built in the city over the past few decades, helping to cement Rotterdam’s reputation for innovative, cutting-edge architecture. Enjoy superb views of the city skyline from the bridge. The vistas are particularly lovely in the late afternoon when the sun sets over the river.

The Erasmus Bridge spans 2,624 feet (800 meters) across the Maas River, connecting southern and northern Rotterdam. It was designed by Dutch architect Ben Van Berkel and has been one of Rotterdam’s most recognizable features since it was completed in 1996. The most striking feature of the bridge is the 456-foot (139-meter) tall pylon that is fastened in place by 32 stays. It is this imposing yet elegant structure that has earned the bridge its nickname “The Swan.” 

To see the Erasmus Bridge from a different perspective, make your way to the various waterfront cafés and restaurants on either side of the river. Enjoy a coffee with the bridge as your backdrop or an evening meal with the bridge lit up in front of you. You can also experience some of the city’s best museums and shopping centers, a few of which are set in the shadow of this stunning bridge. 

In recent years the bridge has been the site of the Red Bull Air Race and the starting point of the Tour de France. Dance events and movie premieres are also frequently held here. Be sure to ask at one of the city information centers about any events that might be taking place during your stay. 

As the bridge is a public site, you are free to walk across it at any time. There are excellent public transport links that will drop you at either end.


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Lodging Near Erasmus Bridge

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$128
Mainport

Mainport

Leuvehaven 77, Rotterdam
4.7
of 5, from 795 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Centrum, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Rotterdam Walk of Fame and Maritime Museum. WORM and Erasmus Bridge are also within 10 minutes.

$104
Holiday Inn Express Rotterdam - Central Station

Holiday Inn Express Rotterdam - Central Station

Weena 121, Rotterdam
4.3
of 5, from 1,292 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Centrum, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old Luxor Theater and De Koopgoot. WORM and Maritime Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$50
easyHotel Rotterdam City Centre

easyHotel Rotterdam City Centre

Westblaak 67, Rotterdam
3.6
of 5, from 754 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Centrum, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Witte de Withstraat, Rotterdam City Theatre, and Maritime Museum. Beurs World Trade Center and Markthal Rotterdam are also within 15 minutes.

$50
Art Hotel Rotterdam

Art Hotel Rotterdam

Mijnsherenlaan 9, Rotterdam
3.6
of 5, from 378 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Charlois, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Zuidplein Shopping Centre, WORM, and Erasmus Bridge. Maritime Museum and Euromast are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$126
Inntel Hotels Rotterdam Centre

Inntel Hotels Rotterdam Centre

Leuvehaven 80, Rotterdam
4.1
of 5, from 648 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This central Rotterdam hotel is on the banks of the river Maas, at the foot of the Erasmus Bridge. The Kunsthal and Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum are 0.7 km from the hotel; Euromast is 1.4 km away.

$142
nhow Rotterdam Hotel

nhow Rotterdam Hotel

Wilhelminakade 137, Rotterdam
4.4
of 5, from 468 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Feijenoord, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of De Rotterdam and Erasmus Bridge. WORM and Maritime Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$113
Hotel New York

Hotel New York

Koninginnenhoofd 1, Rotterdam
4.4
of 5, from 115 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Feijenoord, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of World Port Centre and Erasmus Bridge. WORM and Maritime Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$87
Thon Hotel Rotterdam

Thon Hotel Rotterdam

Willemsplein 1 Zuid Holland, Rotterdam
3.7
of 5, from 317 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Centrum, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Spido and Erasmus Bridge. WORM and Maritime Museum are also within 15 minutes.