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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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Amsterdam Combo: XtraCold Icebar & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

Amsterdam Combo: XtraCold Icebar & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

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Head to Amsterdam Icebar Xtracold, where you’re treated to a welcome drink plus two Smirnoff cocktails or Heineken beers — your choice —while relaxing in a frosty bar where everything, even your drinking glass, is made of ice! Continue this totally ‘cool’ experience by taking a canal sightseeing cruise on a luxury glass-topped boat. It’s the best way to see Amsterdam’s top highlights.
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise with Recorded Commentary

Amsterdam Canal Cruise with Recorded Commentary

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From the peaceful atmosphere of a luxury, glass-enclosed boat, enjoy the highlights of Amsterdam along its UNESCO-listed canals during this cruise. Hear narrated commentary on the sites along the way, including the Anne Frank House, the Golden Bend, the National Maritime Museum, and the Skinny Bridge. With a variety of departure times available, this picturesque and comprehensive overview by water is easy to fit into your day of sightseeing.
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Luxury River Boat - Small Group - from AnneFrank House

Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Luxury River Boat - Small Group - from AnneFrank House

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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 cruise departs multiple times daily from the Anne Frank House, so it's easy to fit into most sightseeing itineraries.
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Amsterdam Combo: Van Gogh Museum & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

Amsterdam Combo: Van Gogh Museum & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

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Home to some of the world’s most iconic Van Gogh paintings, Amsterdam’s Van Gogh museum attracts lines often in excess of two hours. Beat the crowds with this priority admission ticket that also includes an Amsterdam canal cruise, during which you get unobstructed views of the city's waterside attractions. This stress-free combo ticket is an ideal choice for first-time visitors with limited time in the Dutch capital.
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  • 3 hours
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Amsterdam Small-Group City Segway Tour

Amsterdam Small-Group City Segway Tour

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Experience the best of Amsterdam in two hours on a fun Segway city tour. Hop aboard your electric self-balancing transportation device, and cruise effortlessly around the key sights. Glide across the famous Skinny Bridge over the Amstel River, wheel around the charming canal quarter, and coast to top Amsterdam attractions such as Dam Square, the Botanical Gardens and more. Make regular stops for photos and hear fun facts about the sights from an informative guide. Numbers are limited to nine on this small-group tour, ensuring a more personalized experience.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese

Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese

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Cruise down the famous canals of Amsterdam during this 75-minute boat tour. Hop aboard the classic wooden saloon boat and sit back and enjoy the beautiful city pass you by. See landmarks while nibbling on Dutch cheese and having a drink.
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Amsterdam Private Bike Tour with a Local

Amsterdam Private Bike Tour with a Local

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Explore Amsterdam the way it was meant to be seen—by bike! On this private tour, hop aboard a quality rental bike and follow a local guide on a personalized tour of the city's most interesting neighborhoods, scenic paths and iconic attractions. It’s a great way to soak up the sights and atmosphere in one of Europe’s most bike-friendly cities.
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  • 3 hours
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Amsterdam 1-Hour Canal Cruise from Central Station

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 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 like the 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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  • 1 hour
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City Canal Cruise with Bar on board and Departure to Anne Frank House

City Canal Cruise with Bar on board and Departure to Anne Frank House

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Amsterdam is a a canal city so see it the best way possible: from the water. Aboard a well-equipped boat, cruise through the city's canals, soaking up the sights, while your skipper and hostess provides background information about each of the landmarks.
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Amsterdam City Center & History Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

Amsterdam City Center & History Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

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Get a true insider's view of Amsterdam on this 2.5-hour private walking tour. Stroll around the city with the knowledgeable local guide and head to some lesser-known hidden gems in the city. Along the way, stop and learn about some of the major sites, too. Visit such spots as Dam Square, artists squats, leaning houses, Prinsengracht, Begijnof, the thinnest house, the oldest canals, the Sea Dike and China Town, The New Market Square (Nieuwmarkt) and the medieval city gate
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Sebi Boat Tours

Sebi Boat Tours

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We are Sebi Boat Tours, two true Amsterdammers who want to share their love for this beautiful city. With our 100% electric boat which is open on sunny days and closed on rainy and windy days and has a toilet, we will provide a 2 hour intimate canal tour. We will pass all the highlights Amsterdam has to offer including the world famous canal belt, The Jordaan, The red light district, the river Amstel, the maritime area and places, where big tour boats cannot go. On the way we will make a stop at Amsterdam's best boat caterer, childhood friends of ours, to pick up some traditional Dutch snacks while you enjoy a wide variety of complementary drinks. All this while Captain Sebi will pass on his years of knowledge of the city and canals, on current events and Amsterdam people in Dutch, English and German!
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Mini City Bike Tour, Highlights of Amsterdam (2 hours)

Mini City Bike Tour, Highlights of Amsterdam (2 hours)

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Amsterdam is famous for its bike culture and during this small-group tour you can explore just like a local. Pedal along the canals and cobbled streets of the city, stopping at key landmarks such as the Anne Frank House, the Magere Burg (or Skinny Bridge), and the Jordaan district. Listen to engaging commentary about the rich history of the city and enjoy a real Dutch experience as you bike around.
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Evening Canal Cruise with Bar on Board - Small-Group & Live Guided

Evening Canal Cruise with Bar on Board - Small-Group & Live Guided

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On our 1 hour evening cruise you will explore Amsterdam, its famous landmarks, culture, and rich trading history whilst relaxing on our 100% electric luxury 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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€25 per person Amsterdam Boat tour. With open bar!

€25 per person Amsterdam Boat tour. With open bar!

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Don't miss out!! Join the 1h cruise on our luxurious, electric handcrafted boat for an unforgettable experience through the Amsterdam city canals. Our professional and knowledgable captain will sail into the small secrete canals of Amsterdam to show you and tell you about all the hidden gems that this wonderful city has to offer. This is the best boat tour you will experience in Amsterdam, combined with our in-depth knowledge of the city’s rich history, a fully stocked bar, and traditional Dutch snacks. We guarantee a truly unique experience and luxurious comfort on board!!
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E-Bike Private Tour of The Essential Amsterdam

E-Bike Private Tour of The Essential Amsterdam

Explore Amsterdam on a two-wheeled adventure while a local shows you the highlights and hidden gems of the city. Soak up the sounds and smells of Amsterdam as you bike from Westerkert to the Rijksmuseum. Your cycle-loving host will be by your side at all times, so follow their lead for an easy-going ride. You’ll be surprised by how much you can take in when you explore by bike. Pedal past Museumplein, the Hollowcast Memorial and other landmarks that you simply must see. Discover the serene Begijnhof garden, a peaceful oasis in the middle of the city. Gaze around in wonder at your stunning surroundings as your host gives you all the insights. Then, hop back on and explore more of the city. The magnificent Rijksmuseum will stop you in your tracks. Amsterdam has something to offer every type of traveler. Whether you are into its historic architecture or alternative districts there is a local to suit you. Every one of our locals brings their own unique perspective to the experience.
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Amsterdam Bike Tour

Amsterdam Bike Tour

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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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Skip-the-line Rijksmuseum & Amsterdam City Center Guided Tour - Private Tour

Skip-the-line Rijksmuseum & Amsterdam City Center Guided Tour - Private Tour

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Combine a private walking tour of Amsterdam with skip-the-line access to the popular Rijksmuseum on this half-day tour. Breeze past the crowds at the often crowded Rijksmuseum for a guided tour with your dedicated guide, then stroll through the city to learn about what it was like during the 18th and 19th centuries. This private tour ensures personalized attention for you and your party.
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90 Minutes Private Historic Saloon Boat Tours with Drinks

90 Minutes Private Historic Saloon Boat Tours with Drinks

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A boat cruise in Amsterdam is a must, and this tour offers a unique experience aboard a floating monument. Built in 1912, the vessel served to transport passengers between East Germany and West Germany. Relax in an intimate setting of a saloon boat with your own private group, limited to 12. Wine, beer, and soft drinks are included.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Amsterdam Evening Canal Cruise

Amsterdam Evening Canal Cruise

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Cruising around Amsterdam’s canals is a quintessential experience for visitors to the city. With this tour, see the city at its most magical as you set sail on an evening cruise. Glide past the lively waterfront bars and cafés, spot illuminated landmarks such as Amsterdam Centraal Station and the Anne Frank House, and admire the glittering city skyline from the water.
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Private Amsterdam’s Bike & Bites Like a Local Tour (E-Bike Option Included)

Private Amsterdam’s Bike & Bites Like a Local Tour (E-Bike Option Included)

From savory to sweet, fall in love with the flavours of Amsterdam. See a stroopwafel made before your very own eyes then get some Belgian fries from a spot with over 29 different dips. Then it’s time to for uncooked fish dipped in raw onion. The locals will tell you it’s delicious but one thing is certain; the unique taste will be like nothing you’ve experienced before. Pedal over one of the most picturesque bridges in Amsterdam, Magere Brug, and cycle past the must-see Rijksmuseum. Get a taste of local life at two buzzing markets. Then pedal through Supi Square and soak up the sights of the city as you pass by Amsterdam’s beautiful architecture. Explore one of the oldest areas of Amsterdam with historic and beautiful buildings. Follow your host down quiet streets and discover a truly authentic bar with over 300 varieties of beer. Take a moment to relax and sip on a local brew or alternatively a delicious coffee to end this privately guided experience with.
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  • 4 hours
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Amsterdam Combo: Ripley's Believe It or Not & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

Amsterdam Combo: Ripley's Believe It or Not & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

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Secure advance tickets to two of Amsterdam’s most popular attractions, and save more than a quarter on admission costs when you book simultaneously. Hop aboard a canal boat and cruise along the city’s UNESCO-listed waterways. See landmarks like the Anne Frank House and Westerkerk, and learn more about the sights from your audio guide. Then, discover the kooky attractions at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Amsterdam, where you’ll have priority access, plus free time to explore at your leisure.
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Amsterdam Bike Tour with canal cruise all drinks included

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Amsterdam Bike Tour with canal cruise all drinks included

During your stay in Amsterdam, you can not miss a bike tour through the city’s canals combined with a 1h canal cruise all drinks included (beer, wine or soft drinks). 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! At the end of the bike tour, you could enjoy a 1h (aprox.) canal cruise with unlimited drinks. This cruise route takes us through the principal canals, Amstel River and seven bridges, some of Amsterdam’s most notable locations. You can’t truly experience the city without getting to know its waterways!
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Skip-the-line Rijksmuseum & Amsterdam City Center Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

Skip-the-line Rijksmuseum & Amsterdam City Center Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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Skip the line at the popular Rijksmuseum, as well as get a comprehensive walking tour of Amsterdam's historic center during this half-day tour. Travel with a small group, which ensures personalized attention and the chance to ask questions. Your ticket to the Rijksmuseum is valid all day long, so you can explore at your leisure after the conclusion of your tour.
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  • 5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes
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60 Minute Small Group Tour by Captain Jack

60 Minute Small Group Tour by Captain Jack

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Cruising the canals of Amsterdam is a must for first-time visitors to the city. This family-friendly cruise provides a personalized experience with a small boat and a maximum of 20 passengers on-board. Get to know each other as you sip drinks, tuck into snacks, and enjoy entertaining commentary from Captain Jack. Cruise around the UNESCO-listed canal ring, spot landmarks including the Rijksmuseum and the Anne Frank House, and hear fun facts and stories about Amsterdam as you discover the city.
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  • 1 hour
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