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Magere Brug

When I first arrived in Amsterdam last April and started reading the tourist books, I often came across this Magere Brug ("Skinny Bridge") as a definite must-see attraction, over the Amstel River.

You can learn more about it here, but the main thing is that it was built in 1670, broadened in 1871, and renovated in 1969.  Since 2003 it it used by pedestrians and cyclists only.  It's opened many times a day for ships and has 1200 lightbulbs that are turned on at night.  Now THAT'S what I want to see, when it starts getting darker earlier!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


Magere Brug

When I first arrived in Amsterdam last April and started reading the tourist books, I often came across this Magere Brug ("Skinny Bridge") as a definite must-see attraction, over the Amstel River.

You can learn more about it here, but the main thing is that it was built in 1670, broadened in 1871, and renovated in 1969.  Since 2003 it it used by pedestrians and cyclists only.  It's opened many times a day for ships and has 1200 lightbulbs that are turned on at night.  Now THAT'S what I want to see, when it starts getting darker earlier!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


comments (22)

Very nice image once again. I feel like I've visited Amsterdam with all the fabulous images you have posted. All the best, Dave.
Ginnie Hart: That's nice, Dave. I want everyone to see this incredible city! Thanks.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 2 Sep 2007, 00:53
Lovely old bridge, Amsterdam is on my list of must see's
Ginnie Hart: Great, Aussie. Just let me know when you're coming and I'll show you around. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 2 Sep 2007, 01:54
Fabulous and interesting structure, Ginnie.
Your excellent image shows it off very well.
Ginnie Hart: Can you tell that I was in a wee boat when I captured this, Ray? smile I was. Thanks.
Nice Shot & Treatment Granny!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Sweetie. smile
Intriguing bridge! This is is lovely rendition, the colour is perfect for capturing all the detail. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: Thank, Roz. It's an old bridge and has lots of history!
  • Olaide
  • Fort Collins, CO USA
  • 2 Sep 2007, 07:40
Will surely be there. The PP for this image is great. I love your short narrative too. Thanks for posting this shot.
Ginnie Hart: You're so sweet and kind, Olaide. Thank you.
You should get a commission from the Dutch tourist board! Nice picture yet again.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Wouldn't THAT be nice, William. smile Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany, Münster
  • 2 Sep 2007, 10:22
Yes, William Phillips is right, although the sepia toning gives to the photo an antitourism- touch, and that is goed so, thanks for your explanation, too.
Ginnie Hart: It reminds me more of an old postcard, Philine. But you're very kind. Thank you.
  • Scarlet
  • Holland
  • 2 Sep 2007, 11:50
It's a great sight Ginnie definitely worth waiting for.
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thanks, Scarlet. smile
That's a weird one but how interesting... seems like it's still in construction... unfinished bridge.
Ginnie Hart: It's different, Flo, I think, because it's of wood construction. Not normally what you see in Amsterdam! Thanks.
  • Les Auld
  • Southport in the rain and wind
  • 2 Sep 2007, 16:25
Great little bridge, would love to see it lit up. Wel Seen.
Ginnie Hart: I want to see it lit up as well, Les. Now that the nights are longer, maybe that will be sooner than later! Thanks.
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 2 Sep 2007, 17:07
Very nice scene, Ginnie! I love this bridge and can imagine how beautiful it must be at night with all those lights on. smile
Ginnie Hart: As I told Les, now that the nights are getting longer, maybe I'll get to see it lit up sooner than later! Maybe when we come back in October! Thanks, Kay.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 2 Sep 2007, 18:40
Love these types of bridges, they remind me of canals where the barges go throuth the locks, opening and closing too order.!!!
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Tracy. That's what it is! Thanks.
The bridge is a functional work of art. Very nice shot.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Michael. It DOES feel like art, doesn't it!
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 2 Sep 2007, 21:46
Nice one. Can't wait to see it at night lighted.
Ginnie Hart: With my new camera, I hope, Ruth! smile One of these nights before it's too cold.
  • Yẹni
  • London U.K
  • 2 Sep 2007, 22:47
nice shot
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Yeni.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 2 Sep 2007, 23:03
The lighted version at night is in most tourist brochures. I would like to see your version of it.

Excellent shot and good use of the template space.
Ginnie Hart: I hope to see my version soon, Louis, with my new camera. smile Thanks.
Very nice image. I like your work.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Sanchita. That means a lot.
Hi Ginnie,
Did you know that we/I livind on a walking distance from this bridge? smile We lived on The "weesperzijde" there's also a rowing club there named "roei vereninging De Hoop" , we were members of that club for many years...

You got to know 'about this bidge' that's not easy to drive by car (not to name by bike!!!) ovr this bridge because its so very high!! So when you see the bridge coming closer (by bike) you better 'stand-up' on your steps to use more power, to go OVER this bridge...

Greetings from (Dutch)JoAnn smile
Ginnie Hart: Wow, JoAnn. You really have been around, even here in Amsterdam. Glad you recognized this place. I have watched many bikers have to push the pedal when they get to the little hills of the bridges over canals. And I've seen horses with their buggies doing the same thing. So cute. smile

Sorry I'm so late in replying. I just happened to see I had some unanswered comments! sad
Like your choice of BW - and you have captured the shapes of the bridge in a fine way smile
Ginnie Hart: Uh-oh. I'm catching up, I see, Aksel. Thank you kindly, as always, for your comments!
Very nice photo and good subject. I'd love to see this shot without the boat in it, to make it more timeless, harder to date.
Ginnie Hart: Good point, Jewlya! I was in a little boat at the time with some friends and that other boat was in front of us the entire way. I have other pics from land and should look at if I like any of them just as well...but from a bit of an angle. Thanks, again, for backtracking and commenting here.
Interresting image this bridge seems big but when one see the people on it, it gives the scale !
Ginnie Hart: You're right, Zeb. Thanks for pointing that out! smile

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