Luís I Bridge
Luís I Bridge
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Built in 1886, this bridge links Porto and Gaia.
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  • Gary W
    Richmond, Australia869 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Upstairs Downstairs
    Excellent bridge which can be crossed at the top by foot, tram or alternative vehicles or at the river level by foot or vehicle. The views at either levels are stunning. Their is a cable car on one side, and a funicular at the other, not to mention the multitude of restaurants on both sides.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 16, 2023
  • Jo D
    Wolverhampton, United Kingdom22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see!
    Fantastic views from both the top and bottom platforms of the bridge. Watch out of the young locals and crazy tourists who regularly jump off. I recommend combining your visit with the funicular and cable cars! At evening the bridge is illuminated, sit in one of the many bars, enjoy a glass of port and the wonderful view!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Marc K
    Munich, Germany587 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely a must for a visit
    This bridge is definitely a must to visit during your stay in Porto. Of course it’s beautiful from the waterfront but you have to get there either by walk elevator or aerial tramway. Enjoy the stunning view on top of Porto especially during sunset with a glass of wine 🍷.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 31, 2023
  • omega132857
    Chichester, United Kingdom1,972 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic views
    If you do not go on the Ponte de DOM Luis Bridge while in Porto, then I really cant think why you came to Porto. It is truly one of the most memorable Bridges that I have ever been on, and the best for taking photos too. On the other side, you can watch the sun go down. So many people gather on the hill for this. You can also get a cable car down as well.
    Visited May 2023
    Written August 8, 2023
  • John M
    Geneva, Switzerland6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not for those with Fear of Heights
    It’s definitely an architectural marvel. Loved the engineering side of it. However, as someone with a strong fear of heights, I struggled to cross it. The railing on both sides feels very low, and you have to step very close to it to let the trams pass. The crows push by, making it worse. By the middle of it, I was nearly fainting :) But if you’re not afraid of heights, I guess it’s great. My family loved it, although I’m still recovering!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 11, 2023
  • LFKUk
    London, United Kingdom185 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lower fine, upper level scary
    You can walk over the river from Porto to Gaia on the lower level of the bridge, scramble up the steep road or take the cable car to the higher level and walk back over the bridge on its higher level. The lower level is fine, you share the bridge with a few cars and the pavements are wide enough. The upper level scared me. The railings are quite low (waist height) and it’s very far up. You share the bridge with the metro but there are only bollards every few metres separately you from the metro trains when you really need railings or a fence to do that. It’s a bit of a health and safety nightmare in my views. However, if you’ve the nerves for the higher level walk, the views are amazing from there.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 12, 2023
  • Peter H
    Mississauga, Canada429 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Porto’s Landmark
    This double deck metal arch bridge is a must see location in Porto not only for being the city’s landmark but it gives a spectacular view of the city. The bridge is only for pedestrians and trams. An excellent place to view sunrise or sunset.
    Visited September 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written August 27, 2023
  • Sylvia DrSoul Fernandez
    San Juan, Puerto Rico12,242 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    For me the most beutiful bridge in Porto day and night! See my pics! #lawofattractionphotos
    The most beutiful hotel, view and breakfast in Porto! And if Ines is by your side you will surely enjoy it more. She took care of me all morning while I enjoyed my breakfast and the amazing views here! The quality of the food is amazing and a buffe for €20 is nothing when you get ALL you want with excellent service (Inés) and just breathtaking views! See for yourself in my photos #lawofattractionphotos ❣️❣️❣️ I started by sitting inside and then realized the view was worth $1,000 and came out for breakfast!! What a view! Quality of the food is great and service/ Inés amazing!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 24, 2023
  • Deborah D DeWitt
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands293 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our Fear of Heights Conquered!
    The first time my friend and I visited in September it was a bit rainy and when we attempted to walk across we were a little intimidated, so we turned around. We vowed to get across this bridge the next time, so when we went back in October it was sunny and clear and we made it a point to get across this bridge. The views are amazing, if you have a fear of heights. We started on the Gaia side and walked to the Porto side. We figured if we continued to talk then we would not look and become shaken...LOL. We made it and took some amazing photos to celebrate! My late husband would be proud of me.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 13, 2023
  • Bandit-One
    Lucerne, Switzerland10,043 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An impressive sight and amazing views
    This is another great piece of architecture in Porto and a definitive must-see and do. If you want to cross the river Douro, then this is a great way to do so. Be it on the lower level or on the top level. For the amazing city views of course you should head to the top. There are some cable-cars passing the bridge. But not very frequently, so there's a lot of space, even though full with visitors. There's always a gap to be found to take in the views or to take some pics. At its construction, its 172 metres span was the longest of its type in the world. The construction was to be administered by Théophile Seyrig, a disciple of Gustave Eiffel. It was inaugurated on October 31st, 1886. There are many reasons to come to this bridge. The city views, the river Douro views. Or for the bridge itself and its stunning architecture and history.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 29, 2023
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Jacqui J
Bexhill-on-Sea, UK107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We did most of our trip by foot, the place is beautiful, I love the way they keep the facade of the older properties and completely knock the inside down and re-build. England should take note as we knock down and build monstrous ugly buildings in place. The only down side we found was two things, the food seemed boring, the same sort of thing in most restaurants and believe me we looked at hundreds. Several were closed, to get something different you had to pay a lot of money. The second thing was people begging and aggressively, they actually pull you or get hold of your hand, we had this happen at least once a day, but they were everywhere.
There was one man with three little dogs not far from the hotel, we went past him at 10am going out then in the evening at 7.30 he was still there but hanging one of the dogs in the air with it’s lead while kicking the other two little dogs. It was very upsetting I fact I tried to stop him. This upset me and quite a lot of people passing by.
Written January 16, 2020
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philtraveller
Bristol, UK303 contributions
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Mar 2020 • Couples
PhilTraveller says: this bridge dominates the Ribeira area, and spans the Douro River.

It had two levels - one connects the higher parts of the city either side of the Douro River, and is used by the city’s excellent metro trains. And you can walk into it from street level and cross to the pleasant PatK opposite Ribeira.

The second lower level is at river height and carries cars, and again you can walk it, to get between Ribeira and the port wine merchants across the river.

TIP: if you are staying uphill from the river, then a great circular walk would be to head first to the top level if the bridge ( rather than going down to the lower river level)... cross the upper level , visit the park & cathedral, and then wind your way on foot down to the port wine merchants on the riverside below (or take the cable car down ) ... then walk back across the lower level of the bridge to Ribeira.

The bridge is free to cross. It’s very safe and easy to walk ... no movement etc.
Written March 12, 2020
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Denny S
Gothenburg, Sweden177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Ponte Dom de Luis I bridge is a double deck metal arch bridge spanning the Douro river between the Porto Old Town (Ribeira district) and the wine making district of Vila Nova de Gaia, constructed 1881-1886. At the highest level, 60 meters above the water, you have a fantastic view of the city. The lower level is the easiest to use if you are going to the port wine houses in Vila Nova de Gaia. The iron framework of this bridge is a very beautiful sight and it's a true icon of the city of Porto. It has clear similarities with the Eiffel Tower because it was designed by the German architect Teophile Seyring who was a business partner of Gustave Eiffel. This is of course a must in Porto.
Written March 4, 2022
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Steve_of_N21
London, UK3,054 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Whenever you see pictures of Porto they always include this famous historic bridge. Dating back to 1886 the bridge was completed by Théophile Seyrig, who was a student of Gustavo Eiffel, and connects the city to Vila Nova de Gaia, the neighbouring municipality, where the famous Port Wine cellars are located. It’s iconic status comes from having two spans, the upper deck being for the subway trains and pedestrians and the lower deck primarily for road traffic with a narrower walkway for pedestrians.
At the moment the lower deck is undergoing some much needed renovation work to protect it for future generations and is closed to traffic. It is still open for pedestrians but it is true to say the walk across at this level is not particularly pleasant at the moment.
The walk across the top deck is quite spectacular and affords some excellent views and even for those with bad vertigo I would recommend it as you can always walk in the middle of the bridge, just keep an eye and ear out for the subway trains.
Written May 14, 2022
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Ays Espiritu
Bonn, Germany375 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
We walked pass this bridge many times as we stayed in Vila Nova de Gaia. It is really lovely to look at and a lovely spot to enjoy the view.

The lower part of the bridge got a narrow path for pedestrians hence be careful. The vehicles crossing the bridge are driving slow though.

The upper part of the bridge are actually rail tracks but are open to pedestrians. There are security officers there to remind people when trains are passing. From here you get a lovely view of the sunset and both sides of the river.
Written June 29, 2020
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Bahadir S.
Canakkale, Türkiye591 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Great bridge connecting the cities of Porto City and Gaia in the very center of Porto city. Designed by the architect of the Eiffel tower, Gustave Eiffel, this bridge is 85 meters high and 400 meters long. While road vehicles pass through the lower part, tramway passes through the upper part. If you are at the bottom and want to go to the upper part, you can take the funicular on the Porto side of the bridge and go up. The view at the top and walking here was really great. I strongly recommend that those who go to Porto go upstairs to this bridge.
Written February 9, 2020
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The_Loup_Garou
Phoenix, AZ166,093 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
A Beautiful Architectural Marvel

This is one of the most iconic bridges, that I have had the pleasure to observe, and even travel across. In November, we were back to Vila Nova de Gaia, and were again blessed with a view of the Ponte de Dom Luis I bridge from our room. It was gorgeous both night and day, and we awoke to it, and also went to be to it.

On this abbreviated trip (work truncated the visit on both ends), we only crossed it once, and that was to dine in Porto, across the River from us.

The structure is magnificent, and its unique structure is beautiful during the day, but it really comes to life in the evening, with the lighting, which reflect in the waters of the Douro below.

It serves three purposes, all aimed at crossing the mighty Douro River: it’s a pedestrian bridge (though we have never walked it), a railway bridge, and then an automobile traffic bridge.

This is a must do, when in Porto, or Vila Nova de Gaia, and we were blessed to be able to see it at all hours of the day.
Written October 31, 2020
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culturedportugal
142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We used this bridge to cross over to the other bank - we were lucky in that the weather was perfect and we had wonderful views of the river, café and restaurant along both banks and views of the other bridges. The metro which is mostly outdoor also uses this top tier of the bridge, but there is a separate area for pedestrians.
Pedestrians can also cross on the lower tier of the bridge. The upper tier is recommended for the extra views.
Written February 25, 2020
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Mk-L
New York City, NY60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
You will get an amazing view of Porto from this bridge. If you time it right, you can also catch gorgeous sunsets from the bridge. Just a heads up, the subway also uses the bridge => keep your eyes open for the oncoming trains.
Written January 2, 2020
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Phatbloke
London, UK550 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
After I'd visited the cathedral, having walked all that way up hill, I decided to walk over the bridge, great views of the city, but not for the faint hearted. I don't mind heights usually but it was quite intimidating tbh. But if you feel you can deal with it then do give it a go
Written January 6, 2020
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