The Margaret Bridge is a wooden suspension bridge across the Amsterdam River. It is now a replica of the original one. It has a very simple and beautiful appearance. This bridge must be crossed during a boat tour in Amsterdam, because it is so famous that it appears on the painting in the Van Gogh Museum, so it has become a famous scenic spot in the city.
There are many lifting suspension bridges in the Netherlands. Magere suspension bridges have gained some fame for being on the Amsterdam River and are said to be the only wooden bridge on the Amsterdam River. The name of the bridge has some allusions: first, the architect's surname Magere; second, the Dutch meaning of Magere is small, and the bridge is also small; third, a pair of sisters who lived by the bridge were also named Magere.
It's said that there are a few existing wooden suspension bridges in Amsterdam (actually there's another one beside them), and they are also the simplest ones in Amsterdam. When I came back, I found that there were many stories about the bridge, and they might be contradictory. Let's take NBTC's instructions as our guide. As early as 1691, a bridge was built here, because it connects the two sides of the Kerkstraat River and is called the Kerkstraat Bridge. Because of its narrowness, it is called Mahali suspension bridge or "thin bridge" (Mahali means "thin" in Dutch). Now we see the Mahali suspension bridge built in 1934, which underwent several renovations. Until 1994, the bridge had to be opened and closed manually by two administrators. The two halves of the bridge must be perfectly aligned when it is closed, so it is difficult to succeed. The administrator must stand on the bridge and balance with his body's strength. Now, of course, there's a mechanical control system on the bridge. When I got there, it was about 5 o'clock, but it was said that the most beautiful time was at night, because there were more than 1,800 lights on the bridge, which reflected the water.
Watch by the cruise ship. When I got to Am, I remember to take a long boat trip to Amsterdam with a cruise company. I could see many scenic spots, which took about an hour. Take a leisurely look at the scenery of Am, which has a different flavor. In the Netherlands, many bridges are not prominent. If you encounter them, you can see them by the way. There is no need to go all the way to see them.