Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge) - Sightseeing Amsterdam - Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions
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A bridge in Amsterdam.

Opposite the Carre Theatre, the Magere Brug straddles the Amstel. Legend has it that the bridge was built and named for the Mager sisters - each living on opposite sides of the river - to allow them to visit each other. But it is more likely that the name of the bridge comes from the word "mager", which means skinny, because it was difficult for two people to pass each other on the bridge.

The bridge was then replaced in 1871 by the double bascule bridge, now very popular with walkers and photographers who appreciate the illuminated bridge at night.

Magere Brug
1018 Amsterdam

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