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Preplanned City Guides and Travel Itineraries

Amstel River

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Amstel River.

Amstel River features in these preplanned City Guides:

3-day Amsterdam City Guide5-day Amsterdam City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Nice riverside
  • Famous Magere Brug bridge

Time required: 30 minutes

Public transport:

  • Tram Line 4: Muntplein stop
  • Tram Line 9: Muntplein stop
  • Tram Line 14: Muntplein stop


Things you need to know:

  • Amstel is the river running through Amsterdam
  • The river used to flow into the IJ bay, Amsterdam's waterfront, but now ends at Muntplein, in the center of the city
  • A fishing village was established at the Amstel's mouth in the 12th century
  • In 1222 a dam, Amsterdam, was built and the village turned from fishing to trade
  • This is when the expansion of a city began that evolved into one of the most powerful trading empire by the 17th century
  • Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge) is an 18th century wooden double drawbridge that is very popular among Amsterdamers
  • The river banks are lined with ships, many of which are houseboats, and offer an excellent place for a nice stroll

What to do there:

  • Take a nice walk along the river
  • Walk through Magere Brug

Amstel River features in these preplanned City Guides: