Bilbao. Portugalete / Getxo. Puente de Vizcaya.

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Despite it’s commonly used name “Puente Colgante” (= suspension bridge) this bridge is in fact a transporter bridge. In 2006 the UNESCO declared the bridge, which was built in 1893, as a World Heritage for its combination of beauty, innovation and functionality.

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from the UNESCO website: “Vizcaya Bridge straddles the mouth of the Ibaizabal estuary, west of Bilbao. It was designed by the Basque architect Alberto de Palacio and completed in 1893. The 45-m-high bridge with its span of 160 m, merges 19th-century ironworking traditions with the then new lightweight technology of twisted steel ropes. It was the first bridge in the world to carry people and traffic on a high suspended gondola and was used as a model for many similar bridges in Europe, Africa and the America only a few of which survive. With its innovative use of lightweight twisted steel cables, it is regarded as one of the outstanding architectural iron constructions of the Industrial Revolution. …”

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The bridge is located in Portugalete (which can be reached by train and the Metro Line 2 within 20 min from Bilbao) and Getxo (station Areeta with Metro Line 1 from Bilbao). Taking the cabin to the other site costs about 0,50 € but you can also take a lift up to the top of it and walk over the bridge (if you’re not afraid of heights) for 5€.

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