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