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Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge)
Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge)

Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge)

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Amstel 81, Amsterdam, Netherlands
020 622 6502
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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 ... Read more
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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Durham

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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Haarlem

at the total other end of the canals is this bridge that crosses the famous amstel. just do this in combination when you take that stroll alongside the canals

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San Francisco

The famous skinny bridge across the river Amstel and opposite of the Carré theatre, is an Old Dutch design wooden bridge known as a double-swipe (balanced) bridge. Tradition relates that the bridge was named after the sisters Mager, who were supposed to live on opposite sides of the river. They are said to have had the wooden bridge built to make it easier to visit one another. However it appears more likely, that the original bridge acquired the name from being so narrow (mager means skinny in Dutch), that it was hard for two pedestrians to pass one along another.

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Almere

The famous skinny bridge across the river Amstel and opposite of the Carré theatre, is an Old Dutch design wooden bridge known as a double-swipe (balanced) bridge. Tradition relates that the bridge was named after the sisters Mager, who were supposed to live on opposite sides of the river. They are said to have had the wooden bridge built to make it easier to visit one another. However it appears more likely, that the original bridge acquired the name from being so narrow (mager means skinny in Dutch), that it was hard for two pedestrians to pass one along another.

Magere Brug in AmsterdamAs traffic along the river Amstel increased, a wider bridge replaced the narrow one in 1871. Skinny Bridge is far not skinny anymore, but one of the most beautiful bridges of Amsterdam. At night many lights illuminate the bridge, then it becomes a very romantic place, popular with lovers and photographers.

Several other bridges of this type are found in Amsterdam (at the Staalstraat/Grimburgwal, Nieuve Herengracht, Rapenburg, Prinseneiland and Bickerseiland).

The bridge is situated on Amstel, between Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht

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Local from Amsterdam

The Skinny Bridge - De Magere Brug is a so called drawbridge. He was formerly served by two bridge guards each had to retrieve a portion of the bridge, in order to open the bridge, and then again to close the bridge. To close the bridge, the two bridge guards had to act as two acrobats hanging on chains that each part of the bridge used during the opening and the closing of the bridge. During the closing of the bridge the bridge guards had to act, like ballet dancers, exactly alike otherwise the bridge refused to close. Today the bridge is operated with the use of electric power.
Furthermore, the name the skinny bridge have nothing to do with the narrow bridge itself, but, as a story goes, with two skinny sisters who each lived on the other side of the river Amstel. The Magere Brug is a great place for photos.

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To me this bridge says Amsterdam. Supposedly built by two sisters to visit each other.

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Puerto Vallarta

Such a sweet story of this, the only wooden bridge in the city! Apparently there were two sisters living on opposite sides of the canal and their father built the bridge so they could get to each other more easily. It's a place to come with someone you love and people often propose in the boats under the bridge.

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London

weird walking over this bridge when I have seen it in so many films and TV programmes ...a great photo opportunity x

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New York City

It's a tiny bridge, but it's there and people go to see it. You'll see it if you go on the right canal cruise (although I forget which one you need).

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Lausanne

Not really much to see other than to shoot some pictures. There is a plaque with some information about the bridge but nothing too shocking

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On this site, in 1691, a bridge was built that was so narrow that locals called it Magre Brug, or "Skinny Bridge." The current bridge is the third on this site, built in 1934. Some may recognize the bridge from the James Bond movie "Diamonds are Forever". It's unique and beautiful as it spans the river Amstel in Amsterdam.

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Nairobi

This "Skinny Bridge" has a nice view over the Amstel River. IF you are on a canal cruise, make sure you kiss while going underneath the bridge.

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Local from Amsterdam

Great view down the river Amstel!

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