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Magere Brug

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Address: Kerkstraat | Nieuwe Kerkstraat, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Famous "flat" bridge over the Amstel River

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I thought it was more special

I've heard about this famous bridge, but expected a bit more. Disappointed, because at 6 in the evening there was no light on it at all.

3 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Krisztina C

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I've heard about this famous bridge, but expected a bit more. Disappointed, because at 6 in the evening there was no light on it at all.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Always remember hearing about it from the James Bond film Diamonds are Forever so it was cool to finally see it and go across. Locals probably think it is weird to bother going and taking pictures but it does look quite nice at night lit up. Trip Advisor had it slightly wrong location on map. It is further up and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

... is all this is worth after visiting maybe the Hermitage nearby. It is not special in any sense of the word.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited the Magere bridge (otherwise known as the Skinny Bridge) and weren't overly impressed with it. Yes it was quite narrow but in our opinion there are a lot of other bridges in Amsterdam that are more attractive. I'm not sure we would have gone out of our way to get to the area if we had know it... More 

Thank Kim G
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

have a beer at the nice little cafe to watch the traffic crossing the river. its more than just a bridge it has this very special thing on it. if you have somebody to kiss go to the middle of the bridge an do it there.

Thank Will O
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

We've kissed on this bridge on our way home from le carré... And we're still together!!;-) It's pretty romantic in the evening with all the lights, but, truth be told, there's more than one bridge in Amsterdam that looks just like it and it's not the one with the nicer view either...

Thank Jeanne A
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

For me, this narrow, romantic bridge somewhat out of the major tourist realm represents old A'dam, its commotion, its gezelligkeit as well as its classic architecture (having taken a look around). Please, DO stop for a cheesy romantic shot of you and your beloved one. You will see why.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

The Magere Brug ("Skinny Bridge") is a bridge over our river, the Amstel (which gives Amsterdam its name). It is pretty from both the water and when going over it. Take a canal tour or hire a water bike to approach it from the water and go underneath, or rent a bike to go over it (walking is possible too,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We got a view of the Brug during our Canal Cruise ride. This is definitely not a must visit but is a pretty bridge. The sight of the bridge opening or closing to accommodate big boats or pedestrians to cross is a beautiful sight. The view of the bridge from the boat was also delightful, since the water and boats... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

You haven't experienced Amsterdam and its beauty of the canals and bridges until you've visited and walked over the Magere Brug. We walked here around sunset, and it's such a beautiful sight. While we were here, we had the opportunity to see the crossing signs come down because a boat wanted to pass through. There was someone who manually raised... More 

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This UNESCO World Heritage Site is as historically significant as it is perennially popular. Whether you’re a history buff, architecture enthusiast, shutterbug, or fashionista, odds are you’ll find the Amsterdam you're looking for while roaming around the Grachtengordel (Canal Ring). A brilliant place to get lost in a moody meander and a key component to any sightseeing trip to Amsterdam, this area's major draws include the Anne Frank House, the Bloemenmarkt floating flower market, an enviable assortment of independent boutiques along De Negen Straatjes, and of course all of Grachtengordel’s lovely canals and bridges.
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