The Python Bridge or Hoge Brug (bridge number 1998) is a pedestrian bridge in Amsterdam. There is also a lower Bridge (Lage brug) on the Island (bridge 1997). Since @bruggenvanamsterdam is only at 33 today it’s going to be a while before this one features
Hoge Brug Bridge Number 1998! Link to more photos on google photos.
It is stretched over the Railway Basin in the Eastern Docklands and connects the Panamakade on the Sporenburg peninsula with the Stuurmankade on the Borneo Island . The bridge was completed in 2001 in spite of the name plates saying anno 2000!
The official name used by the municipality and local residents is the Hoge Brug with the other twin red bridge to the west of this the Lage Brug (bridge 1997).
The Python Bridge is situated in the Eastern Docklands (Oostelijke Eilanden) area of Amsterdam. It spans over the Oosterdokseiland and connects the Kattenburgerstraat on the Eastern Docklands side to the Oosterdokskade on the city centre side.
The bridge is a striking and innovative piece of architecture designed by the firm West 8. It features a distinctive red color and a curvy, serpentine shape, resembling the shape of a python, which gives it its popular nickname. The design is eye-catching and has made the bridge a recognisable landmark in the area.
As a pedestrian bridge, The Python Bridge is exclusively for foot traffic and bicycles. It provides a safe and convenient way for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the Oosterdok and access different parts of the city, including the city centre and the Eastern Docklands.
The bridge stands at a considerable height above the water, allowing for large boats and ships to pass underneath without any obstruction. This height also offers pedestrians and cyclists a unique vantage point to enjoy scenic views of the surrounding area and the Amsterdam waterfront.
Part of Urban Redevelopment:
The Python Bridge is not only a functional structure but also an integral part of the urban redevelopment project in the Eastern Docklands. This area has undergone significant transformation in recent years, with various modern buildings, residential areas, and cultural spaces contributing to the revitalisation of the former industrial port area.
The Python Bridge was officially opened to the public on April 10, 2001. Since then, it has become a popular route for locals and tourists alike, providing an enjoyable and visually appealing experience while crossing the water.
Originally posted on Instagram @8lettersuk as part of a lockdown project.