“Cycling in the sky” on the modern bridge. That is quite a contrast with the mediaeval bridge in the distance, that dates from the 13th century. That bridge is not tall enough for ships to pass, so it has a part that can open (on the right hand side of this picture.)
The bridge is called ‘Hoge Brug’ in standard Dutch and ‘Hoeg Brögk’ in the local dialect. Both mean ‘Tall Bridge’ and that’s exactly what it is. The deck bridge is already 10 metres over the water of the River Meuse, but the top of the arch is at 26 metres over that water. The river Meuse is an important shipping route to Belgium, Germany and France. The waterway authority therefore demanded that ships would not be hindered by pillars. That is why the bridge has one giant span of 164 metres. The total length of the bridge, including the access stairs, is 261 metres. The bridge deck is 7.2 metres wide and has a clearly defined space for cycling and another for walking.