Where is the Love Bridge Amsterdam?
Many visitors, especially young lovers are curious and ask Where is the Love Bridge Amsterdam? The official LOVE bridge? In Amsterdam, we have many bridges. You might ask, is this the love lock bridge, or the love bridge? In this article, I’ll illuminate for you where the official old love lock bridge is, where the many bridges related to love are and where the new, tucked away love lock bridge is. I invite you to read on and come with me on a journey under the romantic bridges Amsterdam.
History of the Bridges of Amsterdam
Before we traverse the picturesque bridges related to love in Amsterdam, I will share with you a brief history of why there are so many bridges in the city. To answer that, we have to look at why are there so many canals? Around 900 years ago, Amsterdam was under the sea level, with wetlands, rivers and water, the city would constantly flood, so only fishermen would live there. Slowly over time, more people came to the city and they realised that creating the canals were an ingenious way to transport goods. By the 1600’s Amsterdam was a thriving port and the city pooled their resources and built an amazing system of canals.
How many bridges are there in Amsterdam?
Over time there were build around 235 canals to allow trade to enter the country, to divert the water and stop flooding and to provide a sewage system. Now we have about 170 Canals. Many of them were closed and became streets. And upon those ancient canals, more then 1200 bridges were raised. In the beginning, most of the bridges were wooden bridges. There are not many wooden bridges left in the city but the once that are are the love bridges of Amsterdam.
Skinny Bridge Amsterdam
I’d like to begin with one of Amsterdam’s most iconic bridges, The Skinny Bridge. As you can see in the picture this is an exquisitely made wooden bridge, still functioning, opening when big ships pass through here on the Amstel river. Most importantly for us, this Amsterdam love bridge has a romantic legend. It is told that if you sail under the bridge with your lover and kiss, you are destined to be together forevermore. On our Romantic Boat Tour Amsterdam, we sail there and if you are desiring to seal your eternal love with a kiss, why not join us? You are warmly welcomed.
The Seven love bridges of Amsterdam
Imagine yourself in a beautiful boat, gently gliding along the canals of Amsterdam. You come to our next iconic destination, the Seven Bridges Amsterdam. Full of charm, atmosphere and a little mystery, you sail under seven low, close together bridges that magically transport you through what seems to be a tunnel of love. As you pass under that final bridge you feel different, the beauty of Amsterdam has captured your heart. We travel under these bridges on our very popular Romantic Proposal Tour. And for lovers, it offers the most quiet and enchanted place to propose. Please contact us if you would like to know more.
The Old Love Lock Bridge Amsterdam
Our third and perhaps the most famous love bridge Amsterdam is the old love lock bridge. Forever memorialised by Claude Monet (who visited Amsterdam three times) in the foreground of the Monet painting ‘De Zuiderkerk’ (the south church). This charming wooden bridge is the official love lock bridge of Amsterdam. However, in the last year or two, the Amsterdam city council has begun to remove the locks and will continue to do so whenever there are more than thirteen locks on the bridge. Ever creative, Amsterdammers and visitors have found another bridge….
Romantic Love Bridges Amsterdam
Before I share with you the ‘new’ love lock bridge, I’ll share with you some of the love bridge highlights of Amsterdam. The first beautiful ones are the bridges of the Brouwersgracht, where you can enjoy the peaceful, wide bridges, where fewer feet travel over in what is a lovely place to visit. Also in Prinseneiland, there are many narrow pedestrian bridges that you can stroll over situated in this charming neighbourhood. Or you can walk the charming streets and cross another series of bridges that I love called Bloemgracht (the Flower canal), I invite you to visit there and enjoy the romance of the city. If you would like to know more romantic bridges and amazing places to propose in the city, you can read all about this in my blog Where to Propose in Amsterdam.
The New Love Bridge Amsterdam
And now we find ourselves at the end of our journey, the new love bridge Amsterdam… Secreted away in the heart of the city in the Vondelpark (I’ve enclosed a map for you here) you find the bridge. On your final steps toward the bridge you are surrounded by trees and as you pass by the quaint circular open-air theatre, you turn and discover the new love bridge Amsterdam. This is the place where lovers find themselves to place their padlocks and declare their undying love. They like to engrave their names and the date on the lock and at the bridge surrender the key dropping it into the water, symbolizing their love that will last forever.
Experience the Amsterdam bridges in a different way.
Thank you for taking this journey with me over and under Amsterdam’s bridges of love. It was a pleasure to share my knowledge with you. As you may imagine experiencing these bridges are often more affecting from the water beneath. That is what you will discover if you take a Romantic Canal Cruise with me. For those of you drawn to stroll over bridges together with your loved one and experience the city that way, I also offer private Romantic Walking tours. It is my passion to offer unique romantic experiences in what I believe to be one of the most romantic cities to visit.