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Magere Brug

Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
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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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Just a .... skinny bridge

In Amsterdam, where are a lot of bridges this will not be a big point of interest. Only perhaps if you are lucky and a ship will block the bridge for pedestrians . Then you... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Oradea, Romania

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Oradea, Romania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

In Amsterdam, where are a lot of bridges this will not be a big point of interest. Only perhaps if you are lucky and a ship will block the bridge for pedestrians . Then you will have a 5-10 minutes show. Be aware if go over the barrier for the opening of the bridge. And if you liked it, just... More 

Thank TEugen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

Some may say this is just an ordinary bridge and yes I suppose it is to some but at night when its all lit up with the little lights and with its local tales and history there is something pretty special about this bridge which is why I proposed to my girlfriend here and yes I travelled all the way... More 

Thank James M
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

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.

Thank Krisztina C
London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015 via mobile

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 November 12, 2015

... 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

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 via mobile

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...

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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.

Thank Billiboj
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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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