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Magere Brug

Address: Kerkstraat | Nieuwe Kerkstraat, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Rembrandtplein)
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Ranked #75 of 246 Attractions in Amsterdam
Type: Bridges, Historic Sites, Landmarks
Owner description: Famous "flat" bridge over the Amstel River
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Type: Bridges, Historic Sites, Landmarks
Owner description: Famous "flat" bridge over the Amstel River

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Amsterdam
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269 reviews 269 reviews
203 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

Twice a day I see this bridge from the tram. It's nice to see it from a far, mostly in the evening when the lights are on. There are some stories about where the name "Mager"(skinny) came from. One of them is about 2 sisters, one lived at one side of the river and the other one lived on the... More 

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Nagoya, Japan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

I know this is not for everyone, but I love to watch as the traditional draw-bridge opens, I believe every 20 minutes or so. This is not the original bridge that was built in 1670, but I don't think it has changed much as it looks like original double-leaf Dutch style. Enjoyable place to get a breath of resh air,... More 

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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154 reviews 154 reviews
99 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

One of Amsterdam's famous landmarks that provides a neat photo op day or night. I would call it part of the Amsterdam experience and the Magere Brug is part of a route that I use most everytime I visit Amsterdam.

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Long Island, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Personally, I don't understand the hype about this bridge. It's an interesting site for a few seconds. Will not be one of my more memorable experiences in this amazingly interesting and beautiful city.

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Bloemfontein
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101 reviews 101 reviews
32 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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17 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany
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250 helpful votes 250 helpful votes
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
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
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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London
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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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