Saint Servaasbridge, Maastricht

4.4
#8 of 122 in Things to do in Maastricht
Landmark · Tourist Spot
Create an itinerary including Saint Servaasbridge
Sint Servaasbrug is an arched stone footbridge across the Meuse River in Maastricht, Netherlands. It is named after Saint Servatius, the first bishop of Maastricht, and it has been called the oldest bridge in the Netherlands.DescriptionThe Sint Servaasbrug connects pedestrian traffic from the Binnenstad district of Maastricht on the west bank of the Meuse (the most central part of the city) to the Wyck district on the east bank.The bridge is made of limestone, and in its current configuration it is 160m long and 9m wide. Its seven arches each span approximately 12m, and are supported by seven piers. A separate steel drawbridge with a span of 54.5m connects the east end of the bridge to the east bank of the river.HistoryThe Romans built a wooden bridge across the Meuse in what is now Maastricht, in approximately AD 50, and the Latin phrase for "crossing of the Meuse", "mosae trajectum", became the name of the city. For many years this remained the only crossing of the lower Meuse. However, the Roman bridge collapsed in the year 1275 from the weight of a large procession, killing 400 people. Its replacement, the present bridge, was built somewhat to the north of the older crossing between 1280 and 1298; The Roman Catholic Church encouraged its construction by providing indulgences to people who helped build it. The bridge was accoladed in honor of Saint Servatius around this time. Put Saint Servaasbridge at the forefront of your travel plans using our Maastricht travel route planner.
Create a full itinerary - for free!

Saint Servaasbridge reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.0
646 reviews
Google
4.5
TripAdvisor
  • This is a beautiful old stone bridge that allows you to cross the Maas river. It’s pedestrian and bicycles only. Part of the bridge had to be destroyed and rebuild taller in order to let commercial....  more
    This is a beautiful old stone bridge that allows you to cross the Maas river. It’s pedestrian and bicycles only. Part of the bridge had to be destroyed and rebuild taller in order to let commercial....  more »
  • Walking from the City Center to the train station is only a ten minute walk and this bridge gives a great view of the river dividing the city. It is beautiful stone bridge. 
    Walking from the City Center to the train station is only a ten minute walk and this bridge gives a great view of the river dividing the city. It is beautiful stone bridge.  more »
Google
  • Lovely bridge. People can continue to walk on the footpath even when the bridge is raised. Very cool
  • Very nice place to be. We went during the carnival and it's great to see the procession passing through the bridge.

Plan your trip to Maastricht

  • Get a personalized trip
    A full day by day itinerary based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place. Everyone on the same page.