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Magere Brug

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Address: Kerkstraat | Nieuwe Kerkstraat, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Famous "flat" bridge over the Amstel River

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iconic and nice to see

This is to Amsterdam as the Eifeel tower is to France! it is a cute narrow bridge that does not impress much until you know more about its importance and history. It is also nice... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2016
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a generic tourist spot, and like most bridges, it's interesting - but mostly only in a way that Amsterdam's full of little bridges and that's its one of main charms. If checking out main tourist attractions is your thing then go for it, otherwise do something else.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Magere Brug is one of many beautful bridges of Amsterdam. The lighting does add quite a lot of character to the canals at night. This bridge offers a lovely view of Amsterdam and its canal houses.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amsterdam has 1280 bridges according to the Guidebooks for 100km of canals yet this is the iconic one for romantics.It is narrow and used by cyclists and pedestrians.Everyone takes a photo beside it.My generation remember it in a James Bond film "Diamonds Are Forever".It is fun to see the drawbridge going up.The myth about the bridge is just that but... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

This is to Amsterdam as the Eifeel tower is to France! it is a cute narrow bridge that does not impress much until you know more about its importance and history. It is also nice at night when the lights illuminate it. You can see it from boat trips or if you want to walk on it you can go... More 

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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

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.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

One of Amsterdam traditional bridges for pedestrians and cyclists. Unusual architecture. Good view of the canal from it. It is an iconic landmark not to be missed. The cobble and narrow streets leading to the bridge are relaxing.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

De Magere Brug is always one of the great small bridges in Amsterdam, great to take photos of it, always touristy, but very real and much used !

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

The famous "Skinny Bridge" was demolished in 1670 and replaced by a very ordinary bridge. A waste of your time to visit this sight.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

Spanning over the Amstel, is this iconic bridge, there are so many things to see on the canals, this one is worth a look whilst cruising the streets. We highly agree with most reviews it is at its best at night as is all the bridges.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016 via mobile

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.

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