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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia48,796 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
This bridge dates from the late 19th century. It used to carry trains but was severely damaged during World War II bombing of Rotterdam. There had also been other accidents with shipping mainly due to the design and the narrowness of the area. Now the bridge is not used as it has been replaced and trains travel in underground tunnels. However due to sentimental reasons the bridge has become a national monument and it is being preserved for the future. Worth a look.
Written February 9, 2019
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands5,371 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Solo
In 1927 this bridge replaced the old "draaibrug" dated from 1873. At the time De Hef was an innovation of importance. The new mechanism involving counterweights lifting the whole railed bridge part proved to be more efficient and faster. Joris Ivens who later became famous for filming the Chinese revolution made his first (mute) film about De Hef titled "de brug".

Since 1993 the main rail connection between Amsterdam, The Hague and Paris, London is underground and De Hef lost its function. A pity that the other part of the bridge between Noordereiland and the North bank of the river was taken out. The whole track could have been coverted into a bicycle lane as the old bridges were level and replaced by bridges that are not, a sign the "new' city authorities are less responsive to the needs of ordinary citizens who walk or cycle. Instead De Hef was renovated and made into a monument. Ready since February 2017.
Written October 14, 2017
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MikeWells90
Brighton and Hove, UK2,065 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
De Hef Bridge is a must see if you are interested in railway and
industrial history. The raised railway lift bridge is a dramatic local
landmark, which is symbolic of Dutch industrial heritage.The lift
bridge was completed in 1927 replacing a swing bridge. In the
1990s it became redundant when it was replaced by a tunnel.
However, the bridge has been preserved as a monument and
was refurbished in 2015. It is visually striking, especially when
lit up at night and is worth going out of your way to see..
Written September 13, 2019
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DiscyDick
Rotterdam, The Netherlands34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Friends
This used to be the bridge where the trains entered the city centre from the south. Situated beneath the form "Maasbrug" once the scene of bitter fighting by the heroic Rotterdam Marines defending the city against the German army until the bombings wiped out the city centre
Written March 17, 2015
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V.
1,090 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Solo
One of the iconic structures in Rotterdam, albeit not used anymore. Was a railway bridge connecting Noordereiland to the south of the city. Although not a huge tourist thing, it's a great addition to the Rotterdam skyline.
Written October 31, 2017
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NoeB1
Antwerp, Belgium1,202 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
This bridge isn't used anymore. But this monument that was build in the 19th century is worth a visit. You can admire it from different places in the city.
Written July 7, 2017
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Hendrik_NL
Vlaardingen, The Netherlands7,804 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Couples
Some landmarks and sky line definers are so crucial to the identity of a city, that we can't let go and can't allow that that object will be demolished. This is the case of the obsolete railway bridge "De Hef" over the Koningshaven, between the "Noordereiland" and the South part of Rotterdam. The main line trains are tunneled under the river by the Willemstunnel since 1996; the railway bridge over the main river branch was then taken down, but "De Hef" was spared as that iconic sky line definer of the Rotterdam river front. Many plans have been mooted to put the bridge to daily use, even to run a tram line over it. In 2015 heavy maintenance was carried out and "De Hef" was painted in the original green colour.
Written January 9, 2017
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ChiquiMonster
Bogota, Colombia477 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Family
This prix fixe gourmet dining experience was fabulous value and a charming little restaurant (maybe 20ish seats?) just a quick walk from our hotel (Pincoffs). The 4 course menu was just 35 euros which considering the quality and creativity of the food seemed extremely reasonable to me. For each course you have the option of meat, fish or vegetarian which makes choosing easy for everybody. They were also extremely friendly with our kids - letting them go down into the kitchen to help make their own ice cream desserts. We were the only tourists in the restaurant that night and I really liked the feel of the place and people who worked there. So happy we went there.
Written April 6, 2015
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JesperB_nl
Rotterdam, The Netherlands497 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Solo
Now out of use, but still a typical landmark in Rotterdam. Trains used to cross this bridge before they built a train tunnel under the river. It has a very industrial design.
Written January 23, 2014
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