Contact details

Muelle Churruca
Portugalete, Vizcaya - Bizkaia  (Basque Country)
promocion@puente-colgante.com
www.puente-colgante.com
Tel.:+34 944801012

Location

Bizkaia

Reservations


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    World Heritage, a certification granted by UNESCO.

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    Way of Saint James, the first European Cultural Route and World Heritage Site. See more


Description

Puente de Vizcaya, very close to Bilbao, is the world's oldest transporter bridge, and fully functional to this day: six million people use it to cross the estuary every year. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, It was designed by the architect Alberto de Palacio and was first opened in 1893. The structure is 45 metres high and 160 metres long. It crosses the Nervión River between the towns of Portugalete and Getxo. It was a revolutionary work of engineering and was the world's first transporter bridge, allowing boats to cross underneath at the same time, thanks to the hanging gondola that moves from one side to the other. This technique was later used on many similar bridges in Europe, Africa and America.

Puente de Vizcaya Bridge was the first Industrial Heritage Site declared in Spain. UNESCO describes it as "a perfect combination of functionality and aesthetic beauty, in an exceptional expression of technical creativity". Furthermore, we should also mention its influence in the development of future transporter bridges, many of which have since disappeared.

  • Construction: Bridge
  • Artistic period: Neo-classical
  • Historic period: 19th century

Practical information

Schedule

  • From Monday to Sunday

    From 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
  • From Apr 01 to Oct 31
  • From Monday to Sunday

    From 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

The opening hours shown are for the lifts. To see the opening hours of the gondola and the shops, please check the official website.

Prices

  • General: €8
  • Reduced: €6

The prices shown are for the walkway. To see other discounts and prices for the audio guide, guided tours and the gondola, please check the official website.


Services

Audio guide, Guided tours, Shop

Map



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