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11 Best Bridges in Amsterdam to See

Skinny Bridge (Magere Brug)

Often referred to as the Venice of the North, Amsterdam is a stunning treasure of a place to visit. From the beautiful natural areas to the architecture, it creates a unique view of modern life in a historically charming city.

The city has 165 canals, which served as a vital way for people to travel decades ago. Each of these canals has created dozens of little islands where people move from place to place. The result is some 1900 various-sized, all-equally-stunning bridges.

Suppose you’re searching for the most romantic bridges for a photography opportunity, or you want the most picturesque bridges to snap a picture of at sunrise. In that case, there are some exceptional options here. 

Amsterdam’s bridges are memorable, but there are many of them. With so many bridges over the canals of Amsterdam, it’s easy to become a bit overwhelmed with knowing which to explore. The most famous bridges in Amsterdam are stunners.

Before you start your journey, there are a few things to remember. When you visit any of these bridges, take a moment to snap a photo and then wait your turn.

Best Bridges in Amsterdam to Visit

1. The Narrowest of Bridges: Magere Brug

Skinny Bridge (Magere Brug)
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Easily noted as one of the most beautiful bridges in Amsterdam, Magere Brug, also known as Skinny Bridge, spans the Amstel River. It gets a lot of attention because, at one end, sits Carre Theatre, one of the most famous tourist destinations in the city.

The bridge was built in 1691, though it’s been replaced. The previous bridge was much more narrow and couldn’t meet the growing city’s needs.

An interesting story about Magere Brug, or Skinny Bridge, is that it was built by two women, sisters, who lived across the river from each other, and the bridge provided a way to allow them to walk over to see each other. While that may not hold, the bridge is a fabulous, wooden, white path perfect for walking across a busy day.

If you’re considering staying near the Skinny Bridge, book a stay at Boutique Studio Magielsen, about a 15-minute walk from the Heineken Experience.

See Related: Where to Stay in Amsterdam: Best Areas & Places

2. Most Interesting Architectural Design Bridge: Python Bridge

Floating Garden Near Python Bridge in Amsterdam
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The Python Bridge, also known as High Bridge, is certainly one of the most interesting looking, with its beautiful wave-like structure. It spans the canal between Borneo Island and Sporenburg. Its bright red…

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