|Running along||Wilhelmina Blombergplein|
One of Amsterdam’s newest bridges, Olifantsbrug (‘Elephant Bridge’) was officially opened on January 25, 2014. It is one of six bridges dotted around the Artis Royal Zoo that are named after animals.¹
This modern footbridge, said to resemble an elephant’s tusk, is unique among Amsterdam’s smaller bridges in that it utilises a cantilever – rather than a simple beam – design.
In addition to the Artis, nearby attractions include the ethnography-focused Tropenmuseum, the Dappermarkt street market and the famous windmill brewery, Brouwerij ’t IJ.
¹ Interestingly, the plaque on Bridge 1957 is spelled erroneously as ‘Oliphantsbrug’. Given that all literature and media reports (even Google Maps) refer to the bridge as ‘Olifantsbrug’, we have maintained the correct Dutch spelling.