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Lean Bridge / Skinny Bridge

Amsterdam's bridges

Amsterdam, with its many canals, has over 1,500 bridges, many of which are of historical and architectural interest.

Here are some of the most famous and iconic bridges in the city:

  • Magere Brug (Narrow Bridge): This charming retractable wooden bridge over the Amstel River is one of Amsterdam's most photographed and famous bridges. The original bridge dates back to the 17th century, but the current structure was built in 1934.
  • Blauwbrug (Blue Bridge): Located over the Amstel River, it connects the Rembrandtplein neighborhood with the Waterlooplein. Although the current bridge dates from the 19th century, there has been a bridge on this site since the 17th century. It got its name from an earlier blue wooden bridge that once stood on the same site.
  • TorensluisBuilt in 1648, this is one of the oldest and widest bridges in Amsterdam. It spans the Singel canal and is characterized by one of the city's few remaining medieval towers.
  • Pythonbrug (Python Bridge): This is one of the newer bridges in the city, completed in 2001. It is known for its red winding shape, which resembles a python.
  • StaalmeestersbrugThis picturesque bridge is located on the Groenburgwal and provides an iconic view of the Zuiderkerk, making it a popular photo spot.
  • Siegesbrug: Another retractable bridge, this time over the Nieuwe Herengracht, is characterized by its green colouring.
  • De Zeven Bruggen (The Seven Bridges): This is a unique view in the Reguliersgracht where you can see seven bridges in a row, if you stand at the right angle. In the evening, when the bridges are illuminated, it offers one of the most picturesque views in the city.
  • Berlagebrug: This steel beam bridge, designed by the famous architect Hendrik Petrus Berlage, crosses the river Amstel. It is known for its architectural style and was opened in 1932.
  • Hoge Sluis: This sliding bridge, which crosses the river Amstel, is one of the larger bridges in the city and has a complex structure with many opening mechanisms.
  • Jan Schaeferbrug: Inaugurated in 2001, this modern bridge in the Oosterdok area connects KNSM Island with the rest of the city.
  • Papiermolensluis: An older lock bridge located on the Lijnbaansgracht. Although not as large as some of the other bridges, it is filled with charm and history.
  • Enge Wormerbrug: A modern pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the Zeeburgerpad that offers a nice view of the water.
  • Scharrebiersluis: Located near the NEMO Science Museum, this bridge offers great views of the water and surrounding areas.
  • Oetewalerbrug: This bridge in the eastern part of the city crosses the Ringvaart and is mostly for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Westerdoksbrug: A modern, retractable bridge that crosses the Westerdok, providing a vital link between the northern and southern parts of the city.

Every bridge in Amsterdam has its own history and charm. Walking or cycling through the city and discovering these bridges is part of the unique experience of exploring the Dutch capital.

Blauwbrug (Blå source): Amsterdam

Blauwbrug (Blå source): Amsterdam

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