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Behold The Very Real Netherlands Attraction Made From Fake Euro Bridges

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | May 27, 2015

Behold The Very Real Netherlands Attraction Made From Fake Euro Bridges

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Normally currency is good for exchanging of goods and services. In the Netherlands, it was an opportunity to bring a wealth of bridges to a local community.

YouTube’s Tom Scott has been roaming around the country, discovering some of the peculiarities that lurk within its wonderful infrastructure.

His latest episode features the bridges of Spijkenisse, which were created to look like the fictional bridges that adorn the euro.

Back in 2012, Bloomberg Business’ Zeke Turner explained that the bridges that feature on the notes didn’t actually exist, which was thanks to an act of monetary impartiality.

Turner writes, “In the interest of fairness, the officials settled on generic monuments to adorn the paper money. The structures would be nowhere in Europe, specifically, but could be anywhere, theoretically.”

As Scott documents, that is no longer the case:

Scott states, “A few years ago, when this new housing was being built on this island, a Dutch designer had the idea to build the bridges for real and claim them for the Netherlands.” identifies that artist at Robin Stam who relays the impetus behind the project to the website: “I thought it would be funny to copy something everybody used every day. When I spoke to the city council they thought it was funny too and were enthusiastic about actually doing the project.”

Now, as Scott states, the area that is just south of Rotterdam, has a place to welcome tourists: “It’s become a small tourist attraction and something to put an otherwise barely sterile new development on the map.”

The area would otherwise be glanced over by international visitors but now, thanks to some creativity on the part of the European Monetary Institute, there are a group of bridges that demand a closer look.

With euro in hand you can enjoy a free tour amid very real bridges previously relegated to the land of pure fantasy.

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