This famous bridge, whose name means “tower lock”, is one of the oldest and widest bridges in the city, laying over the beautiful Singel. It is wide enough to hold the terraces of two coffee shops nearby and big enough for cars to cross over. The reason for this unusual width is because there was a tower, known as the Jan Roodenpoortstoren, that once stood there until 1829.
Thousands of people visit it each day, sunbathing on the bridge, taking pictures from different angles from outside, but just a few know that they can actually enter the inside of the bridge and take a walk to the past.
The door and windows of this dungeon can still be seen clearly from the pavement. The inside is described as spacious (we could not get in the day we went there as it was being restored), and for many years, this underground room has been used as a prison, a storage place, and now it hosts music concerts, special events, art exhibitions, or fashion shows, etc. You can see a bunch of fliers attached on the entrance.
We were not lucky enough to see the inside, so please let us know how the interior looks like when you visit it 🙂