On a map of Amsterdam, you’ll notice its stunning network of canals and bridges. They seem to extend out from the city center and are an integral part of what draws visitors here.
Are there really more bridges in Amsterdam than any other city?
Absolutely! The city boasts 100 kilometres of canals, 90 islands and 1,500 bridges across its many islands.
Traveling around Amsterdam’s historic center can be done in many ways, from walking the streets (a must if you want to experience its full charm), cycling, taking a tram or bus, but one of the best is by boat. A recent survey of tourists revealed that they enjoy exploring Amsterdam’s canals just as much as exploring other parts of town.
Amsterdam’s canal network offers a unique mix of old and new. Classic Dutch-style bridges can still be found, but for something completely unique, check out some of the newest ones!
Some of Amsterdam’s most stunning bridges were designed by architects Jan van der Mey and Piet Kramer in the early 20th century, known for their architectural style known as Amsterdam Schoool. For instance, The Waalseilandsgracht boasts an extraordinary expressionist design featuring fantastical shapes and sculptures.
Other noteworthy bridges in Amsterdam include the Python Bridge which spans Sporenburg and Borneo Island, Nescio Bridge which crosses Rijn Canal, and IJburg Bridge spanning across river IJ.