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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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Mainport $121
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Leuvehaven 77, Rotterdam
     
    4.7
    of 5, from 835 reviews
    5.0 out of 5.0

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

    easyHotel Rotterdam City Centre $55
    easyHotel Rotterdam City Centre

    easyHotel Rotterdam City Centre

    Westblaak 67, Rotterdam
       
      3.6
      of 5, from 815 reviews
      2.0 out of 5.0

      Located in the heart of 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.

      Art Hotel Rotterdam $63
      Art Hotel Rotterdam

      Art Hotel Rotterdam

      Mijnsherenlaan 9, Rotterdam
         
        3.6
        of 5, from 438 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

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

        Inntel Hotels Rotterdam Centre $109
        Inntel Hotels Rotterdam Centre

        Inntel Hotels Rotterdam Centre

        Leuvehaven 80, Rotterdam
           
          4.1
          of 5, from 685 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.

          nhow Rotterdam Hotel $100
          nhow Rotterdam Hotel

          nhow Rotterdam Hotel

          Wilhelminakade 137, Rotterdam
             
            4.4
            of 5, from 498 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

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

            NH Atlanta Rotterdam $97
            NH Atlanta Rotterdam

            NH Atlanta Rotterdam

            Aert Van Nesstraat 4, Rotterdam
               
              3.9
              of 5, from 505 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Located in the heart of Centrum, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Lijnbaan and De Koopgoot. Maritime Museum and WORM are also within 15 minutes.

              Thon Hotel Rotterdam $76
              Thon Hotel Rotterdam

              Thon Hotel Rotterdam

              Willemsplein 1 Zuid Holland, Rotterdam
                 
                3.7
                of 5, from 329 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Situated on a river, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Spido and Erasmus Bridge. Maritime Museum and WORM are also within 15 minutes.

                Holiday Inn Express Rotterdam - Central Station $106
                Holiday Inn Express Rotterdam - Central Station

                Holiday Inn Express Rotterdam - Central Station

                Weena 121, Rotterdam
                   
                  4.3
                  of 5, from 1,374 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in the heart of Centrum, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Holland Casino Rotterdam and De Koopgoot. Maritime Museum and WORM are also within 1 mi (2 km).