This impressive industrial building dating from 1927 is one of the most important monuments in Rotterdam and symbolizes the port city.
For almost 100 years De Hef (official name Koningshavenbrug) has been decorating Rotterdam. Built to absorb the explosive population growth of the city and to enable rail traffic to the North of the Netherlands. De Hef lost its function when a railway tunnel opened in 1994. Yet plans for demolition could count on firm protest from the Rotterdam people. De Hef had to stay. The bridge was therefore assigned as a national monument in 2000. The former railway bridge consists of two lifting towers almost 70 metres high, in between there is a 52 metres long moving bridge surface. Another fact. In 1933, Lou Vlasblom dive off the lifting bridge (65 meters high!) , according to the stories with somersault and all. Jan Tabbernee succeeded him two weeks later with a dive from an even higher point of the bridge. However, he ended up wrong and did not survive the dive.
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