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General Information

Other name(s): De Hef
Completion: 1927
Status: out of service

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Location: , ,
  • Nieuwe Maas
Next to: Koninginnebrug (1929)
Coordinates: 51° 54' 48.24" N    4° 29' 55.97" E
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Technical Information


main span 53.5 m
number of tracks 2
towers height ca. 60 m
dimensions at base 12.8 m x 15 m


towers steel
truss steel

Excerpt from Wikipedia

De Hef (lit. 'the lift'), officially Koningshaven Bridge, is a vertical-lift bridge over the Koningshaven (Kings Harbor) channel at the port of Rotterdam, Netherlands. Built in 1927, the bridge was part of the Breda–Rotterdam railway line until it was decommissioned in 1993. Today, it is a Rijksmonument heritage site.


The predecessor bridge dated from 1878. Its configuration as a swing bridge proved an obstacle to shipping (the most notable incident occurring in 1918, when the bridge was struck by the German vessel Kandelfels), and it was replaced by a lift bridge in 1927. It was the first bridge of this kind in western Europe.

The bridge was the subject of a 1928 film by Joris Ivens, titled De brug.

In May 1940, the bridge was heavily damaged during the German bombing of Rotterdam.


Plans to demolish the railway line and bridge in 1993 were abandoned after widespread protests from local residents. The line was removed but the bridge was left in place as a Rijksmonument national heritage monument.

In November 2014, the disused bridge's 55-metre-long (180 ft) lift span was temporarily removed to permit renovation. It was transported to the Merwehaven port, where it was refurbished in 2016, the work funded by the city of Rotterdam. It was reinstalled in February 2017.

In February 2022, Rotterdam announced that the middle section of the bridge would be temporarily removed again, to allow Jeff Bezos's Y721 superyacht to pass through. In response to criticism of this decision, Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb stated in February of that year that no permit had yet been applied for.

Text imported from Wikipedia article "De Hef" and modified on 21 February 2022 according to the CC-BY-SA 3.0 license.


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Renovation (2016)

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