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Magere Brug, Amsterdam

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Bridge Historic Site
One of the most iconic drawbridges in a city of waterways, Magere Brug stretches over the Amstel River to help connect the city. Though the present structure wasn't built until 1934, its white wooden design replicates the historical bridge that proceeded it. Enjoy a stroll over the river and soak up the city center's bustling atmosphere. Use of the bridge is limited to pedestrians and cyclists; it opens several times a day to allow boats through along the river. To visit Magere Brug on your holiday in Amsterdam, and find out what else Amsterdam has to offer, use our Amsterdam vacation planner.
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  • I imagined this 'skinny' bridge to be tiny so was a little let down by how wide it actually was! However, I wouldn't miss the chance to see it, as it shows lovely views either way up the canal ! It's ...  more »
  • When I had read about this bridge I had visualised one really barely wide enough for two people to pass each other on. The bridge itself looks fairly unremarkable but for the interesting back story Th...  more »
  • The Skinny Bridge was very popular in Amsterdam and nearly all tourists would come to see this bridge and took photos on it. The bridge was crossing Amstel River and thus you could always find boats a...  more »
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  • Was the Magere Brug Cafe. Lovely food. Good prices. Quick courteous service. Neat inside and outside seating. Booking essential.
  • Amsterdam's iconic wooden bridge. Legend says that when you kiss your loved one either on or underneath the bridge, you'll stay together for a lifetime.
  • Yes, Amsterdam has many wonderful bridges but the Magere Brug ( Skinny Bridge) has to be in the top five! We are lucky enough to live close to it and so we cross it every day. It is lifted regularly to let high boats pass under it and this is always great to see. There are troughs with flowers that can be admired during the day and when lit up at night it's a real spectacle. Standing on the bridge you get a great view of life on and near the Amstel including wonderful houses and the Carre Theatre. Don't miss it or this part of the city.
  • Brght and picturesque. Good point to stop and check out the boats on the Amstel river.
  • This bridge has a very interesting history (read up on it, folks!). Its uniqueness is highlighted by the fact that it is still functional. Worth going for a good look.