Amsterdam’s bridges

The many canals and waterways make bridges a necessity, but that doesn’t mean they are an afterthought. During the day they are beautiful, but at night some are elevated further with dazzling illumination adding to the charm. Head over to the corner of Reguliersgracht and Herengracht canal (on the odd-numbered side) to catch a view of 15 of Amsterdam’s bridges in one fell swoop. Or meander through the city by bike or on foot to check out some of these notable bridges.

  • Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge) is one of Amsterdam’s most iconic drawbridges. Featured in many films, the white-coated bridge is easily recognisable.
  • The Torensluis Bridge was completed in 1648 and is Amsterdam’s oldest bridge still in its original state. It was once part of a moat around Amsterdam, so it is also the widest bridge in the city. Look for the barred windows under the bridge that serve as a reminder of the former prison once housed there. 
  • Python Bridge is one of the most unusual bridges in Amsterdam as it’s red snake-like shape bridges Sporenburg and Borneo Island. It is also one of the newest, built in 2001 and winning the International Footbridge Award in 2002.
  • Jan Schaefer Bridge is another of Amsterdam’s newer bridges. It passes through the middle of Pakhuis De Zwijger and spans the 200 metre-wide IJ Harbour. Every five years the bridge is dismantled for Sail Amsterdam.
  • Nescio Bridge spans the Rijn Canal in Amsterdam’s IJburg neighbourhood. It is the Netherland’s first suspension bridge and the longest at 780 metres long. The bridge was designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, who also designed the Millennium Bridge in London.