A cosy bridge house on the Amstel river in a vibrant neighbourhood near the local Albert Cuyp market. Stroll to local cafés in the fashionable neighbourhood of De Pijp or take a walk into the centre of Amsterdam along the Amstel river (25 minutes). The interior is divided into two floors with bathroom facilities on the lower level and a playful mezzanine bedroom above.
From 1912 to 2017 the Nieuwe Amstelbrug bridge house accommodated the city’s bridge keepers. In 2017 the bridge house started a new chapter as one of 28 suites for SWEETS hotel.
Architect 1912: Johan Melchior van der Mey
Architect 2017: Space&Matter
Architectural Style: Early Amsterdam School
Bridge Type: Bascule Bridge
The Nieuwe Amstelbrug (bridge) was designed in 1903 by Hendrik Leguyt with Hendrik Petrus Berlage acting as aesthetic advisor. The bridge house was designed 9 years later by Johan Melchior van der Mey. Until its completion, the bridge keeper operated the bridge from a basement near one of the bridge piers. The Nieuwe Amstelbrug bridge house is a small, rather ‘closed’ structure. It is notable in particular for its rich and skillful brickwork, making it an excellent example of the Amsterdam School. Because the Nieuwe Amstelbrug was in a very poor state of repair, Dirk Sterenburg designed a new bridge and bridge house in 1973. Following protests, however, this plan was withdrawn and the bridge was later restored in 1985. Although the bridge is named the ‘Nieuwe’ (new) Amstelbrug, there was never an old Amstelbrug. In 1903 it was simply the newest bridge over the Amstel (river).
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Try a delicious cheese croquette or if you’re really hungry opt for the creamy risotto. Their burgers come highly recommended. Top it off with their house-blend coffee. While away your time on their dreamy terrace overlooking the Amstel river. (Photo courtesy of De Ysbreeker)
Smell the freshly bread and pastries while you sit back with a cup of popular Amsterdam Bocca coffee at this popular café. We recommend their hearty soups in winter. A popular terrace in summer. (Photo courtesy of Het Bakhuys)
A much-loved favourite amongst foodies, this French-Flemish restaurant has an ever-changing menu and solid wine selection. (Photo courtesy of Your Little Black Book)
A picturesque park with plenty of seating spots to take in the scenes. A couple of hotel terraces spill out into this park making it perfect for a tea or sundowner. (Photo courtesy of Park Zijde)
One of the city’s largest museums with permanent ethnographic exhibitions of jewellery, visual arts, cultural and religious items, it is also a hub for world music. (Photo courtesy of Rijksmonumenten)
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