Die Dom Luís bridge (Portuguese: Ponte Dom Luís I) is an architecturally interesting building in Porto. The Portuguese city lies in the North of the country directly on the coast of the Atlantic ocean.
UNESCO World Heritage Porto
The arch bridge, which has two levels , is one of Portugal's best-known bridges. It crosses the river Douro and connects Porto with the small adjacent town Vila Nova de Gaia. The picturesque old town of Porto and the Ponte Dom Luís have been part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. The tram runs on the upper level, cars can cross the river on the lower level. For pedestrians there are paths on both levels. Especially from the upper floor you have a wonderful view on the two cities Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia.
The Dom-Luís bridge has a total length of 385 meters. The weight is 3045 tons. The radian measure has a width of 172 meters and is almost 45 meters high.
The start of construction the Ponte Dom Luís can be dated to the year 1881. In the year 1886 the arch bridge designed by the Eiffel student and engineer Théophile Seyrig was finally inaugurated by King Ludwig I of Portugal . It's been bearing his name ever since. It was built by the Belgian Société Willebroeck.
How to get there
There are motorways from all directions leading to Porto. For example, via the A1 and A4 you get to the A20, which borders the city center of Porto. On site you should use the parking guidance system to find a parking space.
By public transport:
If you want to use public transport to get to Porto, you can choose the plane. The Airport Francisco Sá Carneiro is located in the north of the city. Even by train, Porto is easy to reach. The station hall of Porto São Bento with its numerous azulejos is also worth seeing. In the city itself you can use the tram Metro de Porto to get around.