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Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge)

4.2/5
75 Reviews
Bridge
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Open Open 24 hours
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 10-30 minutes
Address: Magere Brug, 1018 EG Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Not much to it, but we saw it on the canal tour. Apparently, many boats are too tall to traverse the canals without a bridge lift. Also interesting fun fact-living on the canals is super pricey because there is a limit to the number of houseboats on the canals. Apparently, there was a housing shortage post-WW2. But, the houseboats gradually because really really nice and expensive. Worth picking out your dream boat house!

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  • Bob K
    Bob K
    DC
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    Bridge over troubled water? I think not!

    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-paint...

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  • martynaa463
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    Beautiful

    Beautiful bridge, one of the most popular in Amsterdam. It's nice place to take a walk, expecially in the evening.

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  • AnneDickie
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    Famous Amsterdam sight

    The Magere Brug is one Amsterdam's most recognised sights. Unfortunately we didn't manage to see the bridge at night when I understand it is lit up with hundreds of lights, but whatever the time of d...

    Reviewed on /Date(1579063060000+0800)/
  • Mary A
    Mary A
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    Nov19

    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)

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  • Jenny W
    Jenny W
    Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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    Will be on your walking tour

    I would guess this bridge is on every guide's walking tour of Amsterdam. It is in a great area to see lovely homes and houseboats. The bridge is just for pedestrians and cyclists; be sure to watch for...

    Reviewed on /Date(1572319498000+0800)/

Additional Information

Introduction

Alas, Skinny Bridge is skinny no more. Originally built in 1691 the Magere Brug, Dutch for skinny bridge, was an old wooden bascule type bridge over the Amstel River in Amsterdam. The bridge was so skinny it was difficult for two pedestrians to pass each other on it. The current bridge on the site, still called Skinny Bridge, was built in 1934 and is a particularly popular spot on the river. Skinny Bridge is magnificently lit at night and a frequent target of romantics and photographers. A night trip to Skinny Bridge is a must on a visit to Amsterdam.
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