Favorite thing: Bridges that cross Amsterdam's channels are a wonderful spot for sightseeing: the channel, the tree lined streets, the daily life of locals, the typical houses along the water, the bicycles, ... They also provide beautiful scenic background for photos or a useful place to shoot your camera. Bridges and channels were my greatest expectations regarding Amsterdam and i must say they didn't let me down.
Favorite thing: As for the many canals, bridges were of vital importance to the growing town Amsterdam. The amount of bridges grew with the population and traffic through history. In the 16th century a citymap of C. Anthonisz (1544) shows 52 bridges and 6 semi-bridges. Around 1600 is was already grown to a total of 110 bridges plus 10 others. Within the “new” Amsterdam centre area (after the enormous reconstructions in the 17th century) there were no less then 297 bridges and 9 other crossing-the-canal means (1732). The present Amsterdam metropolitan area counts the amazing amount of 1539 bridges of which there are 252 within the centre ring.
Favorite thing: If you’re into architecture and engineering, as I am, you’ll love wandering the city and observing the beautiful bridges of Amsterdam, of which 72 are included in the city's list of historic buildings. The various bridge designs include wooden girder bridges, arch bridges, several drawbridges, leaf bridges, which incorporate steel in their design and a large number of footbridges.
Favorite thing: Walk through the city or rent a bike and travel without a destination . Let your mind open and enjoy the beauty and ugliness. Give a close attention to all those different façade and people. If the city gets bored ask your self why you are walking on land below sea level. There are several places in and outside the city where you can experience this. Don't forget the Travelogues link for usefull url links right above.
Favorite thing: The Pythonbrug - Python Bridge - is one of the funkiest structures in all Amsterdam. It links the peninsulas of Sporenburg and Borneo "Island" in the eastern end of the harbor area. The bridge may not be the most user-friendly structure of its kind, but it certainly has attracted attention! But I wouldn't want to be someone with a little difficulty walking - much less in a wheelchair - trying to get across it.
The Skinny Bridge is Amsterdam's most well-known bridge.
The present wooden draw bridge dates from 1934, but already in 1691 the "Kerkstraatbrug" (Chruch St. bridge) was constructed at this location. Because of its skinnyness the bridge got its nickname. In 1871 the first bridge with 13 bows was replaced by one with 9. Fifty years later the second bridge was replaced by the present wooden one, after much debat whether the new bridge should be a stone one or not.
In 1969 the bridge was renovated.
Opening of the 2 bridge parts was done by hand upto 1994; thereafter open and closure of the bridge was automated.
Upto 2003 cars were allowed to cross. Nowadays it's only open to pedestrians and cyclists.
Favorite thing: there are numerous bridges all over Amsterdam. At almost every second street corner in the inner city there must be a bridge to pass a canal. On the bigger canals where bigger ships pass by some bridges have to be moveble as you can see on the photo. SOme do open like this, others trun right or left to open the way.
Paris is known as 'The City of Lights."
For me, Amsterdam is "The City of Reflections."
Unfortunately, I've not been to Paris yet, but if there were ever a city that illuminates the spirit of life and adventure inside a person, I'd say Amsterdam must be that one city.
The glimmering reflections of the dancing lights along the waters of the canals... from the houses and stores and lampposts, the cars racing past, the people passing in between the shimmering beams of light, and even the glow shining up and outward from the canals arched waterways themselves... you cannot help but look at this city with a whole new joy for it's own unique reflection.
Fondest memory: What do I miss the most?
"just being there..."
Favorite thing: There are drawbridges like this one, in many places along the canals. However, there are many more crossings with fixed bridges, too.
amstel & skinny bridge (Magere Brug)
The skinny bridge on the Amstel river is the most famous bridge
among 1400(!) bridges in the city.
Attach a map where the bridge is locate.