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Skinny Bridge (Magere Brug) Tours

Skinny Bridge (Magere Brug)
Amsterdam’s Skinny Bridge (Magere Brug) crosses the River Amstel in the city center. The wooden drawbridge features low arches and nighttime illumination. The bridge’s history reaches as far back as 1691, when the original structure was completed in a classic Dutch style that also influenced later renovations.

The Basics
Pass directly beneath the bridge’s low arches on a cruise, opting for an evening tour to see the light display, with some cruises including drinks or dinner for laid-back sightseeing. Alternatively, spend time studying the drawbridge on a city tour, choosing between Segway, coach, or hop-on hop-off transfer for a seamless sightseeing experience. City tours offer stop at multiple locations and may include skip-the-line entry to other top attractions.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Remember your raincoat and comfy shoes when exploring the city’s outdoor attractions, especially in fall and winter.
  • Optimize your time by seeing the bridge as part of a wider sightseeing tour.
  • The bridge is popular with photographers, especially around sunset.
  • Skinny Bridge is accessible for wheelchair users.

How to Get There
The Skinny Bridge connects Kerkstraat with Neuer Kerkstraat and is a short walk from Waterlooplein, which is served by lines 51, 53, and 54. For ease, take advantage of tours that offer round-trip transfer for hassle-free sightseeing, whether by water or land.

When to Get There
The bridge’s 1,200 lights are turned on at dusk, so opt for a late afternoon or evening excursion for the most romantic vistas. See decorated ships pass beneath during the annual Amsterdam Light Festival in December and January, come in summer for Grachtenfestival classical music festival or Pride, or ring in the new year on the bridge for the best views of the city’s firework show.

A Bridge by Any Other Name ...
The origins of the bridge’s name are debated. Some believe the name Skinny Bridge or Magere Brug derives from the difficulty pedestrians had passing one another on the narrow 17th-century structure. Another legend claims that two sisters, who lived on opposite sides of the river, built a small bridge to visit one another. Or perhaps it was named by sailors who had to navigate its low-hanging arches. Ask your guide or other locals for their tales.
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1-Hour Luxury Canal Tour starting at Anne Frank House Amsterdam

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Glide through Amsterdam's canals in style and comfort aboard a luxury open-air boat with no windows or walls between you and the sights. Settle into comfy cushioned seats, and warm up with provided blankets and a drink from the cash bar if the weather is chilly. The 1-hour cruise departs multiple times daily from the Anne Frank House, so it's easy to fit into most sightseeing itineraries.
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The best way to explore the UNESCO-listed Amsterdam Canal Ring is indisputably by boat. Get a different perspective of the Dutch capital while avoiding the crowds on land during this relaxing canal cruise that, unlike other similar tours, includes unlimited Heineken beer, wine, and soft drinks for a budget-friendly price. Plus, more than 10 departure times throughout the day mean you can slot the cruise into almost any schedule.
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Get on board of one of our comfortable boats. Sail the canals and experience the Amsterdam Light Festival from the water in an intimate setting.Our hosts and captains will make sure that you have the best canal cruise of your life! They will guide you through the canals of Amsterdam and tell you everything you need to know about the artworks of the Amsterdam Light Festival. From the comfort of our boat you can enjoy Amsterdam from the water. The cruise takes approximately 75 minutes and lets you enjoy the Amsterdam Light Festival from the water with all drinks included, prices are between €24,50 and €27,50.Our boat offers a see-through cover, and an open rear side to have the opportunity to take photo's of all the artworks we pass by during the cruise. The cushions inside are heated, and we offer blankets to keep you warm during the cruise while you can sip from a nice mulled wine to keep you warm. Will we see you on board during the Amsterdam Light Festival?
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90min Salon Boat Cruise - All drinks & snacks incl. - departure @ Pulitzer Hotel

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Cruise down the famous canals of Amsterdam during this 1-hour boat tour. Hop aboard the Royal Agatha captains boat, a closed vessel, to avoid the chilly weather during the winter boats. Sit back and enjoy the beautiful city pass you by and see landmarks while sipping on a warm beverage—available for purchase on board.
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Get the ultimate Amsterdam experience during this open boat cruise on the city's canals. With the hospitality of a captain and hostess, you'll enjoy the city's sights, such as the Magere Brug, the Amstel River, and the Old Church, with a drink in hand (available for purchase).
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Amsterdam Light Festival cruise

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During the cold winter months the city of Amsterdam will be transformed into the famous Amsterdam Light Festival. An 80 minutes evening cruise with beautiful, illuminated artwork on the Amsterdam canals with Friendship Amsterdam • 80-minute cruise along the artworks • including a (warm) welcome drink of your choice from our Dutch bar • Amsterdam’s most unique and trendy boats • Heated seats, blankets and covered sloops • Live guide skipper and host(ess) • Variety of hot & cold drinks on board
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On our 90 minute all drinks and snacks inclusive evening cruise you will explore Amsterdam, its famous landmarks, culture, and rich trading history whilst relaxing on our covered and heated saloon boat. At night all the bridges light up in the city so it will feel like sailing through a fairytale. The cruise will be done with a small group of people, so expect an interactive tour, with enough space for questions and any needed recommendations for your further stay in Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam 1-Hour Canal Cruise from Central Station

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Discover the beautiful city of Amsterdam, known as the ‘Venice of the North,’ from the water on this 1-hour sightseeing cruise. After reserving your preferred departure time, skip past any lines and set off on the UNESCO-listed waterways aboard a glass-topped canal boat. Glide under pretty bridges, past 17th-century buildings and landmarks such as the Skinny Bridge and Anne Frank House, and learn about the city’s history from the audio guide. Upgrade your canal cruise with a 1-Day Amsterdam Public Transport ticket which is valid on trams, buses, ferries and the metro.
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During your stay in Amsterdam, you can not miss a bike tour through the city’s canals.The city bike tour of Amsterdam is the best way to get to know those parts of the city that are harder to reach by walking. Walking you can do 80% of the city and with the bike tour, we take you to travel 20% that you lack. Always safely, through independent bike lanes and away from the large crowds of downtown!For 2.5 hours on wheels, we will take you to the most memorable places in the city: parks, museums, windmills … In this tour, we will not only see the most important thing about the Dutch capital and its best landscapes but also tell you the stories that make these sites special. Do not hesitate! Get on the bike and discover Amsterdam with us on two wheels. It will be a memorable adventure!The tour includes the bicycle rental during the tour.
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Light Event Amsterdam by small boat!

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What makes this unique? you'll have to read in "Vaartuig's" reviews. Amsterdams annual Light Event, a must see! Artworks from international artists will light up the city in an astonishing way. Both my wife (Mathilda) and myself "Brian" will be organizing these tours personally again! Real, cozy, down to earth and with a true passion for Amsterdam, art and opened minds;-) 2019 we are offering this for the first time on tripadvisor. An amazing tour accompanied with drinks & a delicious bite from our partner Mediamatic! This international connected art centre, dedicates new development in art. But also has a great vegan restaurant which serves locally-sourced food. This greenhouse, located at the waterfront will be the start of your tour. A place where you can stay warm and enjoy a drink or even dinner with locally-sourced food The Zavi will be able to take a max of 12 guests. In case of bigger groups please contact us so we can off you the Mr. Grey. A ship that will hold 22 guests.
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Amsterdam Burger Cruise

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Burger, potato chips and brownie as well as beer or soft drinks—all on board an Amsterdam cruise. The fun evening tour takes place on Amsterdam’s iconic canals, meaning you get to see the city’s famous waterways and nearby sights by night. Aboard a comfortable canal boat, you’ll enjoy a freshly made burger, chips and a brownie, along with unlimited drinks including beer or soft drinks, and listen to fun commentary as you cruise.
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Amsterdam Hop-on Hop-off Bus & Boat Tour for 24 or 48 Hours

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Discover Amsterdam by both land and water with a hop-on hop-off boat and bus ticket. Choose a 24- or 48-hour ticket and let your customized sightseeing experience begin. The comprehensive canal and bus routes allow you to reach all of the city’s top attractions easily, affordably, and comfortably. Learn more about the many sights of the Dutch capital with on board multilingual commentary and courtesy earbuds.
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Amsterdam Evening Canal CruiseDay Cruises

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Visit Amsterdam and see the city from another perspective with a fantastic Amsterdam evening canal cruise! Discover the picturesque canal houses, colorful districts, and historic monuments as you cruise along the beautiful canals in the center. The evening canal boat cruise Amsterdam offers audio commentary in 19 different languages. The boats are equipped with sliding windows and panoramic rooftops so you don’t miss a single thing during the trip! The center of Amsterdam by night offers some spectacular views and photo opportunities. We take you through the famous canals in the center, which are part of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list. During an evening canal boat cruise, the streets are lit up and lively, the buildings illuminated by warm, bright lights and the little terraces of the bars are busy with people unwinding after a day’s work. The sightseeing evening canal boat cruise Amsterdam lasts around one hour and takes you past some of the city’s most fascinating sites.
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Amsterdam Super Saver: Countryside & Windmills + Keukenhof Gardens ComboDay Trips

Amsterdam Super Saver: Countryside & Windmills + Keukenhof Gardens Combo

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Discover the best of the Dutch countryside with this Super Saver that pairs two popular tours in one day. Spend the morning in the windmill village of Zaanse Schans, visit a clog maker, and take a boat ride to the old-time fishing villages of Volendam and Marken, where you taste traditional Dutch cheese. In the afternoon, experience explosions of colors at the Keukenhof Gardens—home to millions of tulips, bluebells, hyacinths, and other flowers—that will take your breath away. A canal sightseeing cruise in Amsterdam with audio commentary is also included.
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Early Morning Cruise Amsterdam— Canals all to ourselves

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This top-rated Amsterdam canal cruise departs in the early morning, before the city comes alive. Discover the stillness of the canals while enjoying the morning fog or sunlight, as your Amsterdam-raised and entertaining captains narrate. Marvel at the clear, mirrored reflections of canal homes on the water while you float past landmarks. Coffee, tea, and snacks are provided along with a cozy atmosphere on this small-group tour.
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Amsterdam Pizza Cruise

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Glide through the canals of Amsterdam on a dinner cruise that features great views of the illuminated city. Learn about Amsterdam’s history and culture from your onboard guide as you dine on homemade pizza accompanied by unlimited beverages such as beer, wine, soft drinks, and water. Top off your meal with a delicious brownie as your boat winds through the picturesque waterways of the Dutch capital.
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Amsterdam Small-Group City Segway Tour

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Get on board of one of the comfortable boats. Sail the canals and experience the Amsterdam Light Festival from the water.Our captain will make sure that you have the best canal cruise of your life! The captain will guide you through the canals of Amsterdam and via an audio guided tour you will get all the information you need to know about the Amsterdam Light Festival. From the comfort of our boat you can enjoy Amsterdam from the water. Approximately 75 minutes to enjoy Amsterdam from the water, for only €19,50!
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