Photographer's Note

"The Swan" ("De Zwaan") is the obvious nickname for the Erasmusbrug (Erasmus Bridge) in Rotterdam, Netherlands. It's a 802 meters (2'631 ft) long cable-stayed bridge, across the Nieuwe Maas (New Meuse) river, opened in 1996.

The single pylon holding the cables stand 139 meters (456 ft) high. The part south of the pylon is a 89 meters (292 ft) long bascule bridge. This means it's possible to open for ships that cannot pass under the bridge. It's the largest and heaviest bascule bridge in western Europe and has the largest panel of its type in the world.

Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe and one of the busiest in the world. This is solely based on its location near the mouth of the Nieuwe Maas, in the delta formed by the Rhine and Meuse on the North Sea, and the large industrial and populated areas - like Ruhr - inland..

The photo was shot from the observation platform of Euromast, a concrete observation tower standing on the northern bank of the river, and with a splendid view over the port and over Rotterdam itself.

Rotterdam is - just like Amsterdam - situated two meters below sea level!

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