Magere Brug

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Famous "flat" bridge over the Amstel River
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Bob K
Fairfax, VA2,191 contributions
The Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge) spans the Amstel river connecting the banks between the Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht. The central section of the Magere Brug is a bascule bridge made of white-painted wood. The present bridge was built in 1934. The first bridge at this site was built in 1691 as Kerkstraatbrug and had 13 arches. Because this bridge was very narrow, the locals called it magere brug, which literally means "skinny bridge". The current bridge was designed by architect Piet Kramer for a steel bridge that looked the same as the previous, only slightly bigger. In 1994 the bridge is now opens automatically, not by hand. The bridge is limited to pedestrians and cyclists only and is decorated with 1,200 light bulbs which are turned on in the evening. Allow ~15 min for your visit.
Written February 15, 2020
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Scott G
Los Angeles, CA424 contributions
I made a point of seeking this bridge out- it's not that close to other famous areas in Amsterdam- and was disappointed. It kinda just looked like a normal but tiny modern style drawbridge to me, with none of the antiquated charm or colorful flower boxes found in most of Amsterdam's other (more charming) bridges. For my money the best most photogenic bridges are in the Jordaan area, around the Anne Frank House. Just wander around there at random and you'll happen upon some beautiful ones. The 7 Bridges area is also beautiful. And a few of my other favorite prettiest bridges, found in various areas, are Torensluis Brug, Lekkeresluis Brug, Hogesluis Brug, Sint Jansbrug, and Blauwburg. So while like me you'll probably make a point of seeing the "skinny bridge" since it's on everyone's list, it may not be your favorite either.
Written July 4, 2022
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK157,283 contributions
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The Magere Brug, also known as the Skinny Bridge is a bridge over the river Amstel connecting the Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht and famously features in the James Bond movie, Diamonds Are Forever.

The centre of the bridge features two drawbridges that can be raised to allow taller ships to pass. Really there nothing especially notable about the bridge apart from it's film appearances. I wouldn't go out of the way to see this.
Written July 31, 2019
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cchevrier2016
Montreal, Canada126 contributions
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Located near the Ermitage musuem & the Amsterdam Opera, built on the Amstel river, this white paint wooden double drawbridge, connects the 2 banks of the Amstel river between the Keizersgracht canal & the Prinsengracht canal.

Also, Being of a narrow dimension, it is now reserved only for the use of the pedestrians and cyclists.

One of the most romantic place in Amsterdam this spot is excellent for photography or selfies lovers especially at night where several hundred candles provides a truly magical dimension to the scenery.
Written September 19, 2019
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James M
Swindon, UK30 contributions
Couples
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 from the UK to do just that and it was worth it. I would highly visiting the bridge at night and stand in the middle of it with your partner for a kiss or even a proposal! There was something pretty special that night I did and she said yes! :-)
Written December 9, 2015
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juejosh
liverpool, england2,781 contributions
Couples
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, and at night it is pretty peaceful and lovely illuminated.
Written August 5, 2013
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Martyna A
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Couples
Beautiful bridge, one of the most popular in Amsterdam. It's nice place to take a walk, expecially in the evening.
Written February 7, 2020
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Mary A
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Walked to Skinny Bridge at night time, however, the canal cruise boats also go past. Didn't see much else around the area so maybe the cruise is best way to view (at night is best)
Written November 5, 2019
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Mick B
Amsterdam, The Netherlands590 contributions
Business
The 'skinny bridge' is on the river Amstel near the locks that help regulate the water level in the canals. To reach it: take any of the four main canals direction the river.
Written June 9, 2016
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PinkCad2
Goes, The Netherlands61 contributions
Couples
Go after dark and walk all the way to the Amstel hotel. The view from that side gives you so many of Amsterdam's great buildings with the bridge as an iconic centre piece.
Written April 24, 2016
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