(Photos by Mirjam Bleeker, courtesy of SWEETS hotel)
Experience Amsterdam through the eyes of a Bridge Keeper!
Distributed throughout the city of Amsterdam across the Amstel river and the Singel, small houses with panoramic views of water and surroundings are perched on the bridges.
For 100 years, Amsterdam’s bridge houses accommodated the city’s many bridge keepers who were responsible for opening these impressive structures for passing boat traffic. However, with the introduction of a centralised bridge control system, the bridge houses became redundant.
In 2012 the initiators of Sweets hotel presented a plan to the city of Amsterdam to transform the city’s bridge houses into tiny hotel suites. The vision: to introduce travellers to new neighbourhoods and unexpected experiences in the city.
First initiated in 2012 as an urban space project, it is five years in the making. 11 bridge houses are currently available for reservations with more coming soon.
Perfect for just two people, the houses exude a feeling of old world charm as the first bridge house was built 100+ years ago with subsequent ones spanning several different periods reflecting Amsterdam architectural trends of the time.