Magere brug, bridge over the River Amstel

Magere brug, bridge over the River Amstel

Amsterdam is located in area that was obtained by draining of wet ground. That is why the drains and the element of water literally everywhere. Amsterdam´s artificially created water channels are called Grachts. The Grachts alternating with narrow streets develop a unique atmosphere of Amsterdam. The original is a river Amstel in which canals come to. Among other things, on the Amstel River you can find a popular monument Magere brug.

 

Magere brug is a folding wooden bridge over the Amstel River and it is one of the most photographed sights in Amsterdam. Most looks charming especially after dark, when the bridge is irradiated with 1200 bulbs. The current bridge was built in 1934 and Its last renovation was in 1969. The original wooden bridge for 1691 was demolished due to poor technical condition in 1871. Although it was proposed several variants bridge made of iron and concrete, the original wooden version was preserved.

 

Tourists are usually interpreted the story of two sisters who lived opposite each other on both sides of the River Amstel and wanted to be closer to each other. That's why the bridge was built. Magere brug is translated as "narrow or slim" and the bridge has been designed just for walking or cycling since 2003. Btw. cycling is the most popular kind of transport in Amsterdam.

30.3.2011 | Pedros | Cities |
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