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5 Bridges In Amsterdam You Must See

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Amsterdam, the Netherlands’ capital city, is a beautiful city known for its artistic heritage and cultural identity based on an elaborate canal system and cycling activity. The megacity with a population closing a million has about 2500 bridges ranging from ancient stone structures to modern architectural marvels. The bridges have a vital role in the day-to-day infrastructure and logistics of the city and its inhabitants. The city, with its labyrinthine system of canals, requires these bridges to cross them. 

One finds the bridges every few hundred meters, but they are still a sight to behold. It is incredibly awe-inspiring if one sets their eye on such lovely pieces of Dutch landscape for the first time. The maze of canals, the flowing Amstel, and the massive amount of water in the country lead to bridges of all shapes, sizes, and stories doting the Dutch capital. 

Some of these bridges are historical, some romantic, and some are an inspiring example of the miracle that humans endeavor. Let’s take a look at some of these beautiful structures from the Capital.

1. Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge)

The Magere Brug directly translates to the Skinny Bridge and gets the name due to its slim nature. The bridge is a type of bascule bridge (a type of draw bridge) built on the Amstel river that flows through the city. It is one of the most famous bridges that Amsterdam has to offer. The bridge has been torn and built several times over its three centuries worth of existence, but this just means that the beautiful bridge has a unique story to tell about the city’s history and evolution. The Magere Bridge has the remarkable ability to have two spans that can rise to allow boat traffic to pass when needed. The iconic bridge is easily recognizable due to its white-coats and has also been featured in various movies.

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2. Nescio Bridge 

The Nescio Bridge is the Netherlands’ first suspension bridge and runs across the Rhine river. The bridge stands 10 meters above the water, functioning as a cycle and footbridge that won several awards for its fluid form and was well-received as a gateway to a new suburb. The whole structure is self-anchored to follow a natural course for cyclists and splits into two at both ends to offer separate paths and reform the bridge’s stiffness. The Nescio Bridge is situated in Amsterdam’s IJburg neighborhood and is the longest bridge in the country at 780 meters. The bridge was designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, the same group that designed Londons Millenium Bridge. 

3. Torensluis Brug  

The Torensluis Bridge is the oldest in the country, still in use, and was built in 1648. It is the oldest and the most famous and widest in the whole country. The bridge is also called the Town Bridge and is named after the watchtower that once stood at the bridge’s center. Once part of a moat around Amsterdam, the barred windows under the bridge are a reminder of its sinister past as a former prison housed there. The Town’s Bridge also serves as a popular spot for the community to gather and drink on a beautiful dutch summer day on a bridge that typically voices the Amsterdam aesthetic. 

4. Python Bridge 

The Python Bridge in Amsterdam spans over the canal between Sporenburg and Borneo island, and one understands where the structure gets its name the moment one lays their eyes on it. The bridge is also called High Bridge due to its high elevation and is one of the country’s most unusual structures. The bright red bridge was designed by Adriaan Geuze of the architectural firm West8 in 2001 and has won several international awards for its peculiar attention-grabbing design. It won the International Footbridge Award in the year 2002.

5. Lekkeresluis Bridge

The Lekkeresluis Bridge is one of the classical bridges of the capital built in the 18th century. It’s a stone structure known more for its view of the Westertoren than its beautiful stone arches. The fixed bridge is situated at the center of Amsterdam and is surrounded by striking classical examples of Dutch architecture. The bridge was given a municipal monument’s status in the year 1995, cementing that if one is looking for a cliche picturesque Amsterdam townhouse, one does not need to look further than the Lekkersluis Bridge.

Some of our honorable mentions for other awesome bridges in the city are the Jan Schaefer Bridge, Almuniumbrug, Waalseilandbrug, Blawbrug, and more. 

If you think we have missed out on some beautiful structures of our beloved city, let us know in the comments.

Pranjal Kumar

Pranjal Kumar

I am Pranjal, 20, from India, and I am currently studying Civil Engineering at an international university here. I love meeting people from diverse backgrounds, learning about different cultures and languages, and most of all, I love reading and writing. I speak Hindi and English fluently and am currently learning Spanish as a beginner. Football and running are sports I really enjoy, with the Dutch team in the 2010 World Cup being my introduction to the Oranje nation. Music and cinema both are a big part of my who I am as a person and have shaped my worldview massively. I believe writing for The Netherlands.com is a great opportunity for me to grow as a writer and a global citizen.
Pranjal Kumar

Pranjal Kumar

I am Pranjal, 20, from India, and I am currently studying Civil Engineering at an international university here. I love meeting people from diverse backgrounds, learning about different cultures and languages, and most of all, I love reading and writing. I speak Hindi and English fluently and am currently learning Spanish as a beginner. Football and running are sports I really enjoy, with the Dutch team in the 2010 World Cup being my introduction to the Oranje nation. Music and cinema both are a big part of my who I am as a person and have shaped my worldview massively. I believe writing for The Netherlands.com is a great opportunity for me to grow as a writer and a global citizen.
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