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Magere Brug

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

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Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge)

Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge) is one of Amsterdam’s most iconic drawbridges. Featured in many films, the white-coated bridge is easily recognisable.There are more than 1,500 bridges... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge) is one of Amsterdam’s most iconic drawbridges. Featured in many films, the white-coated bridge is easily recognisable.There are more than 1,500 bridges in Amsterdam. The many canals and waterways make bridges a necessity and during the day they are beautiful, but at night some are elevated further with dazzling illumination adding to the charm. Head over... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

The story here is that the original predecessor of this bridge was built about 350 years ago by the two Magere sisters who lived on opposite sides of the river and, in order to visit each other, had to go all the way to the Blaubrugge at Waterlooplein to cross. They commissioned the original bridge to shorten the travel time... More 

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Dundee, Scotland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

"It is said that kissing on the bridge will ensure you will stay together forever." This was what our cruise captain said to us and, although its not the most amazing looking bridge in the world, you can't not do it when on a holiday with the other half right? So yes, a quick kiss under the bridge did happen... More 

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manchester
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

so am not sure what is so "romantic" about this pretty ordinary bridge. Perhaps I should go at night but again I wouldn't travel specially to see it.

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Amsterdam
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

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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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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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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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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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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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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