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Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge) in Amsterdam


Amsterdam is truly a water city and has over 1,250 bridges - the most well known being the Magere Brug, literally translated as the "Skinny Bridge".

Spanning the river Amstel and connecting Kerkstraat with Nieuwe Kerkstraat, this wooden drawbridge is a popular sight for visitors...

A bridge was first built here way back in 1691 - the Kerkstraatbrug was said to be so narrow the locals named it the skinny bridge. Legend has it that the bridge was built by 2 sisters who lived on opposite sides of the river. The bridge was completely rebuilt in 1871 and again in 1934 - with the last major renovation in 1969.

Today only pedestrians and bicycles are allowed to cross. It provides a nice spot to take in sweeping views of the Amstel river with the Carré Theatre close by.

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Whilst the glass-topped rondvaart boats can pass underneath, the central drawbridge section is raised regularly to allow bigger boats to pass through. At night the bridge is lit up by more than a thousand light bulbs, making it a charming spot for couples and visitors.

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The bridge was also featured in the 1971 film Diamonds are Forever where James Bond (Sean Connery) visits Amsterdam.

The Magere Brug is located on the Amstel river between Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht.

Magere Brug (Amsterdam Bridge No. 242, Amstel)

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