Piers outside the UK
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Piers, jetties and other pier-like structures have been built in a number of countries outside the United Kingdom. The most significant of these structures will be listed on this page with links either to the pier’s own website or an alternative reference website, if this is not available. If you know of other international piers not listed in these pages, please advise the Web Manager via our Contacts page

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EUROPE


BLANKENBERGE PIER, BELGIUM
Built originally in 1933 and subsequently greatly restored, this 350m long pier is often referred to just as the Belgium Pier. It is a listed structure and the only one on the Belgium coast built as a pleasure pier. The total floor area of 5,000 square meters is divided over four floors, including an auditorium and 3-D cinema built 4m below sea level.br>

LA PALAIS DE JETEE,NICE,FRANCE (LOST)
The incredible Palais de la Jetée was a beautiful crystal palace at Nice in the South of France but now exists only in paintings, postcards and a few old photographs. The pier and casino opened in 1891, 18 years after the idea was first raised and was a huge success with visitors. Tragically it was destroyed during World War2.

SEEBRUECKE AHLBECK, GERMANY
The historic Ahlbeck pier features a beautiful clock in Art Nouveau style. The pier itself was completed in 1899 and is the only one along the entire Baltic Sea coast whose original structure has been preserved.

SEEBRÜECKE SELLIN, RÜGEN
Construction of the current pier at Sellin on the Baltic Isle of Rϋgen began in 1992 based on models of earlier piers from 1906 to 1925. The 348m long pier was formally opened fully on 2 April 1998. The imposing pavilion houses the Palm Garden, Emperor Pavilion, and Balticsaal restaurants. The pier is now a popular venue for wedding receptions.

IL PIRGO, CIVITAVECCHIA
Now just a shadow of its former glory, Il Pirgo sits on the promenade, a pleasant walk along the seafront from the town centre. The remaining structure is little more than an ornamental jetty linking the shore to a small ‘island’ but was once part of an elaborate bathing complex comprising bars, restaurants, a ballroom, and various therapeutic baths. Storms in 1902 and in 1941 destroyed most of the complex.

ROTONDA A MARE, SENIGALLIA
Reopened in 2006 after extensive renovation and restoration work, the Rotonda is both a local monument and an iconic tourist destination for visitors to the area. It now provides a venue for entertainment functions, and events promoting tourism in the whole region, and also acts a cultural centre and a focus for the visual and peforming arts.

TERRAZZA A MARE, LIGNANO SABBIADORO
Opened in 1972, the Terrazza a Mare has a modern design by the architect Aldo Bernardis. It replaced an older building designed by the architect Valle. It boasts a large open terrace surrounding a restaurant and can host small events, conferences, meetings, theme nights or private parties, gala dinners and presentations.

PALANGA PIER
Built originally in 1884 as a landing stage for ships carrying holidaymakers, goods and food from Liepaja, it became unusable due to storms covering it with sand and eventually time, sea waves, and wind ruined the pier. In 1998 a new pier of 470 metres length was built and today it is a favourite vistor attraction.

SCHEVENINGEN PIER, THE HAGUE
The second pier at Scheveningen, the current Van der Valk Pier was built in 1959 and opened by Prince Bernhard in 1961. It is a concrete structure 382metres long and provides promenading and shopping over two levels plus a restaurant, casino, amusement hall and a 60 metre viewing tower. Unfortunately, the pier was declared bankrupt at the beginning of 2013. The pier was put up for sale in March 2012 but parts of it were closed to the public in November because it was no longer considered safe. August 2016 – Scheveningen Pier gets mainland Europe’s first ferris wheel over the waves!

SOPOT PIER, EASTERN POMERANIA
At 511.5m, Sopot Pier is the longest wooden pier in Europe. The pier actually consists of 2 parts: the famous wooden walking jetty and the Spa Square on land, where concerts and festivities are organised, which stretches out into the Bay of Gdansk. The first pier was built in 1827, then rebuilt to the length of 150 metres, then to 315 m, and finally extended to its current length in 1928, along with the walking passage of the spa.

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