POINTS OF INTEREST
Of Amsterdam's 60-plus drawbridges, this is the most famous and it provides gorgeous views of the Amstel and surrounding area. It's said to have been first built in 1672 by two sisters living on opposite sides of the Amstel who wanted an efficient way of sharing that grandest of Dutch traditions: the gezellige (socially cozy) midmorning coffee break. Walk by at night when it's spectacularly lighted. Many replacements to the original bridge have come and gone; the current one dates to 1969.