Bridge 1957

Olifantsbrug

Bridge 1957. Copyright: Bridges of Amsterdam (Luke Walker)

SPECIFICATIONS

Official nameOlifantsbrug
Official numberBRU1957
TypeCantilever
Functionpedestrian-bicycle
Running alongWilhelmina Blombergplein
Running overSingelgracht
DistrictCentrum
Owner/operatorDienst Binnenstad
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NOTES

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.

Bridge 1957. Copyright: Bridges of Amsterdam (James Walker)

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Bridge 1957. Copyright: Bridges of Amsterdam (Luke Walker)

Bridge 1957. Copyright: Bridges of Amsterdam (James Walker)

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About James

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