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Magere Brug

Kerkstraat | Nieuwe Kerkstraat, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Rembrandtplein)
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Ranked #82 of 303 Attractions in Amsterdam
Type: Bridges, Historic Sites
Description: Famous "flat" bridge over the Amstel River
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66 reviews 66 reviews
25 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

... whether you view it from afar, or view the river and the canals from it. The bridge after which our favourite Amsterdam hotel (The Bridge Hotel) further down the street is called. Also good vantage point for viewing water pageants (provided you get there early enough).

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Atlanta, Georgia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

The Magere Brug is one of several bridges that are lit up at night. A walk around the neighborhood, along the Amstel and over a couple of blocks to the Reguliersgracht is very pleasant. There are a lot of great restaurants on nearby Utrechtsestraat, so for an enjoyable evening, head over there for dinner and have a leisurely stroll around... More

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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

This is one of my every time in Amsterdam photo ops. The pics and view are nicest at night (I think) but good during daylight as well. We biked over the bridge before taking our day time pics then that same night went back for our night shots. It’s worth the time for a few photos.

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Barueri, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

Nice place and beautiful bridge. Perfect spot to take a Hermitage picture or even to stop and relax.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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31 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

The Magere Brug is a beautiful bridge to take a stroll across while walking along the streets of Amsterdam. The bridge is outstanding during the day and you might be lucky enough to watch it raise up to let a boat through. At night the Magere Brug is lit with twinkling lights and has a beautiful ambience. Definitely worth checking... More

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57 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

You look at this bridge and have to admire the Dutch. Smaller than expected but a beautiful sight none the less crossing the mighty Amstel River,The Magere Brug or Skinny Bridge is lit up at night and rightly takes pride of place on many postcards. No trip to this wonderful city is complete without a trip to see this bridge... More

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Bucharest, Bucuresti, Romania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

It's less than I expected, but beautiful nevertheless. In the night, the show is pretty great. The big Amstel underneath makes everything beautiful :) Highly recommended in the evening, when the lights are on, it's about the hole point of it :)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

One day, whilst we hired a boat, we sailed under this iconic bridge, then a few days later we walked over it during the daytime; mind the cycles (as with everywhere in Amsterdam, lol); then we took a walk in the evening, for another view. There are some benches in the vicinity so you can stop and admire the view,... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

This old bridge still earns its keep, opening and closing with amazing regularity. I know this because we rented an apartment right on the Amstel River and this bridge was prominently displayed in the panorama in view from our balcony. We could watch it as it opened and closed. Even large ocean-going ships chug through the open bridge and at... More

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Kota Bharu, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

This bridge would require some walking if you plan on crossing it by land. But if you're bad with maps, you could always take a river cruise which will bring you to within eyesight of this interesting bridge. I prefer the former as it allows you to see for yourself the architecture wonder of such a bridge crossing. We are... More

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