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Rotterdam waterfront with traditional holland vehicle bike, boat, tree and famous bridge The Erasmusbrug on blue sky background. Rotterdam, Netherlands The Erasmusbrug (Erasmus Bridge) is a cable-stayed bridge across the Nieuwe Maas (English: New Meuse) river, linking the northern and southern halves of the city of Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The Erasmusbrug was designed by Ben van Berkel and completed in 1996. The 802-metre-long (2, 631 ft) bridge has a 139-metre-high (456 ft) asymmetrical pylon, earning the bridge its nickname of The Swan. The southern span of the bridge has an 89-metre-long (292 ft) bascule bridge for ships that cannot pass under the bridge. The bascule bridge is the largest and heaviest in West Europe and has the largest panel of its type in the world.