Designated as bridge number 2013 in Amsterdam’s numbering system, is a remarkable feat of engineering named in honour of the renowned Dutch writer, Nescio. This elegant curved bridge features a hang-cable-stayed design, making it one of the longest and most impressive bicycle and pedestrian bridges in the Netherlands. Stretching an impressive 780 meters in total length, the Nesciobrug stands as a testament to both modern engineering prowess and its tribute to the literary legacy of Nescio.
The Nesciobrug gracefully stretches over the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal, forming a vital link between Amsterdam and Diemen, while providing a direct pathway to IJburg through the Diemerzeedijk and the Diemerpark. Positioned adjacent to the Seabed Bridge in the A10 highway, this bridge significantly enhances the cycling connectivity between IJburg and Diemen, as well as the neighborhoods of Watergraafsmeer and the wider Amsterdam East district. With the Nesciobrug, commuting and exploring these areas have become faster and more accessible, fostering a seamless integration between the various parts of this vibrant region.
In 1952, the Merwedekanaal underwent a transformation, becoming part of the new Amsterdam-Rhine Canal and was widened to 80 meters. A significant development came in 1951 when a free ferry truck was constructed at the Veerhuis on Ouddiemerlaan. This innovative moving ferry operated on wheels along a rail, propelled by a diesel engine at a depth of approximately 6 meters. While the single-operator operation was manageable in good weather, adverse conditions like fog or winter frost posed challenges in keeping the channel ice-free. After providing 21 years of service, the ferry’s last voyage took place in 1972. With the widening of the canal to 100 meters, there was no space left for the ferry, leading to the necessity of using the Amsterdam Bridge or Weesper Bridge for transportation.
The municipality of Diemen consistently opposed the development of IJburg, and when a bicycle connection between IJburg and Amsterdam Center became necessary, Diemen did not cooperate. As a result, the location of the bridge falls entirely within Amsterdam’s territory instead of Diemen’s.
Finally, on April 9, 2006, the bridge was opened to pedestrians, welcoming them to traverse the canal with ease. Soon after, on June 7, 2006, cyclists also gained access to the bridge, further enhancing the connectivity and accessibility between IJburg and Amsterdam Center. This bridge stands as a symbol of progress, fostering better transportation options and facilitating the movement of people between these vibrant areas.