The Slauerhoffbrug (English: Slauerhoff Bridge) is a fully automatic bascule bridge (aka tail bridge)[1] in the city of Leeuwarden in the Netherlands. It is a road bridge that carries the Slauerhoffweg (named after J. Slauerhoff) over the Harlingervaart. It was completed in 2000.

Slauerhoffbrug ‘Flying’ Drawbridge by Hindrik 1.jpg
Bridge raised for river traffic.
Coordinates53°11′55″N 5°45′57″E / 53.19850°N 5.76583°E / 53.19850; 5.76583Coordinates: 53°11′55″N 5°45′57″E / 53.19850°N 5.76583°E / 53.19850; 5.76583
LocaleLeeuwarden, Netherlands
Other name(s)the 'Flying Drawbridge'
DesignTail bridge[1]
MaterialIron and steel
Total length15 m[2]
Width15 m[2]
DesignerVan Driel Mechatronica

The bridge uses two arms to swing a section of road in and out of place. The deck is 15 m by 15 m.[2] It is painted in yellow and blue, representative of Leeuwarden's flag and seal.[1] This movable bridge is also known as the “Slauerhoffbrug ‘Flying’ Drawbridge”. One of the main designers is Emile Asari. A tail bridge can quickly and efficiently be raised and lowered from one pylon (instead of hinges). This quickly allows water traffic to pass while only briefly blocking road traffic.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Pinkerton, Lindsey (20 February 2009). "Strange Architecture: Bridge Design in the Netherlands". Popular Mechanics. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "Van Driel Mechatronica". Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Neatorama". Retrieved 6 January 2010.

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