Puente Colgante Vizcaya

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Puente Colgante Vizcaya
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tek_m_l
Melbourne, Australia188 contributions
Engineering brilliance
Aug 2019
We took the metro from the city to Areeta station and took the the Gondola over to Portugalete. It is a 35 minute ride on the metro from the city to Areeta and then another 7 minute walk from the station to the bridge. It is an engineering marvel considering this was built back in 1893 and was the first mechanical transporter bridge in the world. The ingenuity of Alberto de Palacio to design this transporter to join both banks of the river while still allowing transport ships to pass through unhindered to the port of Bilbao is just brilliant.

Portugalate is a nice quaint town to visit as well. It is also quite a hilly town and sections of it had escalators to assist the residents in navigating their daily activities around town. Very cool.
Written July 26, 2020
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia21,012 contributions
Biscay bridge. UNESCO world heritage site. How to get there?
Jun 2019
Bilbao, which survived the destruction of several civil wars of the XIX-XX, doesn`t have UNESCO sites. However, the UNESCO World heritage site is located in greater Bilbao. In Portugalete or in Gexto, depending on which coast of the Nervion river you will determine. How to get there? Very simply. Take the metro to Portugalete station, then walk 5-7 minutes and here it is! Engineering miracle of the great Eiffel's disciple, local architect Alberto de Palacio. The official name of the bridge is Puente Colgante Vizcaya-suspension bridge of Biscay. It doesn`t correspond to reality. This bridge is not suspended, because cars don`t move on the suspended roadway, but they are moved by a gondola suspended on cables. Why did Palacio design this Transporter bridge in 1893? The only goal is to leave the river Nervion free for vessels to pass through. Now more than a century later, the bridge carries cars and people from one Bank of the Canyon to the other with a frequency of every 8 minutes. Tourists have one more game. For 8 euros, you can take the Elevator to the upper farm and walk 50 meters up under the winds of the Bay of Biscay. The main thing is not to drop your smartphone in the Nervion!
Written April 16, 2020
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GRAHAM C
Dunton Green, UK694 contributions
An amazing piece of engineering that will blow your mind away.
Feb 2020
If you are in Bilboa on a visit and you have some spare time consider this day out. Take the Metro to Portugalete ( Blue Line ), walk DOWN to the river ( Ria de Bilbao ) where you will find this brilliant transporter bridge that transports car and people alike over to Getxo ( 45cents ). Possible the oldest working bridge of its kind in the world. Take the cablecar ride to the other side. Getxo is where the Ria de Bilboa meets the Bay of Biscay and is noted for its port and particularly its ocean sailing club. It is a tourist resort with a number of bays and beaches as well as headland walks around La Galea and its lighthouse. To return to Bilbao, take the Metro ( Brown line ) from one of Getxo's six stations. A great day out. Enjoy.
Written April 16, 2020
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VinnyP1
London, UK408 contributions
An amazing feet of engineering. But why?
Jan 2020 • Solo
This Unesco world heritage site is a testament to engineering. It carries cars and pedestrians back and forth in a cable car that seems to hover a few metres above the estuary. This means the "Bridge" supporting the cables can comfortably clear the large/tall ships that frequently pass. It's an elegant solution. There do seem to be few advantages over a swing/opening bridge or a ferry though, and this requires quite a lot of maintenance. Still great to see though.
Written January 25, 2020
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AdeeshGo
193 contributions
Wonderful engineered structure
Mar 2019 • Solo
Amazing to see such a engineering marvel created so many years ago. Well maintained too. Facility for transporting people across the river.
Written December 10, 2019
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MVPinBoynton
South Florida1,607 contributions
A Most Unique Bridge
Sep 2019
We started off our tour with a stop at the Vizcaya Bridge, which is a World Heritage site.  It is the first transporter bridge ever built. It was designed by one of Gustave Eiffel’s disciples and built in 1893.   When we first saw the bridge, we assumed that it would drop down to let the vehicles cross the bridge.  I was wondering why we were waiting to see a bridge drop down.  After all, that didn’t seem so special.  Then I found out why we were there.  It is quite an unusual bridge; in that it carries cars and people in a container that is suspended from the very tall bridge.  When I first looked at the cars on the other side of the river, I thought they were waiting for the bridge to come down.  Then as we were watching the cars started moving toward our side or the bridge.  I ran up to one of the upper viewing platforms to get a better view of this unique operation.
Written November 12, 2019
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA24,955 contributions
Portugalete and its unique bridge
Sep 2019 • Couples
Puente Colgate Vizcaya, a transporter bridge designed in 1893, connects the towns of Portugalete and Getxo. You can easily cross the Nervion River going from one town to another, which saves you a lot of driving time. Your vehicle travels with you in the gondola car, and unfortunately this was the part we missed because we could not find parking and turned back to Bilbao.

On the bright side, we enjoyed the walk along the boardwalk in Portugalete admiring the view of the “hanging bridge”, which has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Industrial Heritage category in 2006. Well deserved designation for its superb engineering design and architectural appeal.

Written November 10, 2019
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Judi L
Denver, CO692 contributions
Architectural Wonder
Oct 2019
Be sure to visit the Vizcaya Bridge - it is an architectural wonder designed by an Eiffel tower student. It combines both historical construction and a modern flair. It is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, and has an elevator so you can walk across the tope of the bridge. Here you get a great perspective, or take a boat ride underneath and get a different perspective looking up. It is open from 5:45am -10:00pm, Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 10pm on Saturday, and 10am-10:00pm on Sunday. Cost is about $1 to take the lift 15 floors up. There is also a gondola the goes up so you can see. I think the cost was around $8.50.
Written October 26, 2019
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Temper43
Panama City, Panama1,173 contributions
Amazing bridge ....must see if in Basque country
Sep 2019
I saw that there was a bridge driving around Getxo, but the discovery of the fact that was the first in the world and from more than 130 years ago, the ingenuity of the engineer that built it....and the fact that works so nicely and crossing with it to the other side is so cheap, or just cross with your car....it shows that things well maintained survive the years.
Written October 6, 2019
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Rick S
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A must see
Oct 2019
This is a great feat of engineering and well worth the trip to see. This is the world's first transporter bridge, which opened in 1883. The bridge links Portugalete to Getxo. You are able to travel very cheaply using the transporter (45 cents) either as a foot passenger or car driver. At the time of writing, we wanted to take the lift up the 46m structure and walk across. Unfortunately due to works at present you can only do this from the direction of Getxo. As we wanted to walk along the front at Getxo, which is a brilliant excursion we did not take this option. Tickets for the crossing are bought from the machine outside of the entrance on either side of the bridge , if you want to walk across then buy the lift ticket from the shop at the side of the bridge. It is 8 euros to walk across.
You can pick up useful maps from the tourist office in Portugalete located just down the front from the bridge. A distinctive blue and yellow building.Make sure you also get a map for Getxo. There are also toilets here.
It is very easy to reach via the metro either to Portugalete which has its own station or Getxo which is best reached from Algorta.
Written October 5, 2019
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