We have our own version of the New York “High Line” here. It’s not an abandoned railway and not as lush with greens, but a wooden air bridge or canal (as that’s what “singel” means) designed by ZUS, which connects the Schieblock building (center) over a train viaduct, connecting to the (former train) station Hofplein/Hofbogen (north part).
This air bridge/canal started as a plan, submitted by one of the contestants in the 1st City Initiative competition organised by the municipality. The Luchtsingel was selected and chosen by the majority of the voters. Besides having won quite a large sum of money to build it, people were able to buy wooden panels too and have their names engraved in the panels.
After quite a long wait and having to tackle a major issue (how to build a safe crossing over the train viaduct part), the wooden air bridge is finally finished.
De Luchtsingel starts from the Schieblock building which houses several companies and spots like design-shop Groos, club BAR , Biergarten and Annabel. You can also find the Dakakkers on the rooftop, which is an awesome urban veggie and bee farm where you can have lunch too with views over Weena/Coolsingel.
There are 8 entrances to go up to the Luchtsingel, check the site for this. If you’re coming from the Weena/Hofplein, best is to take the entrance at Schiekade West. A small city park with another entrance at Pompenburg is also an option.