The Blauwbrug (Blue Bridge) is a historic bridge in Amsterdam spanning the river Amstel and connecting the Rembrandtplein and Waterlooplein areas. The bridge lends it’s name from a 17th century blue wooden bridge positioned in the same location as the existing bridge.

blauwbrug amstel amsterdam

Blauwbrug is one of the most richly decorated bridges in Amsterdam with ornate lanterns and crowns. It has three openings for the steady flow of canal boats passing along the Amstel. The current bridge constructed of stone was built in 1883 for the World Colonial Exhibition which attracted thousands of visitors to Amsterdam. The eclectic design by architects W.H. Springer and B. de Greef drew inspiration from the Pont Alexander III in Paris. The subsequent World Colonial Exhibition in six years later in Paris delivered the iconic Eiffel Tower as it’s main attraction.

Blauwbrug Bridge Amsterdam Streetlamp on a Sunny Day

Blauwbrug Amsterdam Stonemasonry

Blauwbrug Lampstands

Silhouette of Blauwbrug streetlamp in Amsterdam

Blauwbrug Amstel


Blauwbrug is about a twenty minutes walk from Amsterdam Central Station to Rembrandtplein passing De Waag, Café de Sluyswacht, Rembrandthuis, Waterlooplein & Opera.

Nearest Metro: From Central Station, take Metro 54 to Waterlooplein which takes about 3 mins, and continue on foot to Blauwbrug.

photo tips

– Follow the lines of the bridge walls and lead the eye into the photo.
– Try to include canal boats to make to more interesting.
– At dusk or nighttime the bridge is lit up.
– Shoot at sunset and create silhouette from the pillars.
– Look for detail.
– Shoot a subject such as cyclist with bridge as background slightly out of focus.
– Early morning shot with river reflections.

sights nearby

Blauwbrug is just a short walk from Rembrandtplein and Waterlooplein with it’s famous open air market. Magere Brug can be seen further along the river Amstel and is a couple of minutes on foot.


Magere Brug - Amstel, Amsterdam

Magere Brug – Amstel

Colourful Canal boat on Reguliersgracht


Rembrandthuis Amsterdam


waterlooplein market stalls


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