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  • 1 The Netherlands Maritime Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Kattenburgerplein 1 NL - 1018 KK Amsterdam

    Formerly the Admiralty's principal warehouse, this vast building, erected on 18,000 piles, has housed the Amsterdam Maritime Museum since 1973. The collections present a fairly exhaustive overview of the Netherlands' maritime history, whether trade, ..

  • 2 Oostelijk Havengebied Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Sporenburg NL - Amsterdam

    These vast expanses of reclaimed land, which until the 1970s were industrial dockyards, were in the early 1990s converted into residential areas. Contemporary interpretations of traditional local housing (Java-eiland) border its three vast residentia..

  • 3 View of Durgerdam Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    NL - 1026 Durgerdam

    Just before reaching the town of Durgerdam, stop and enjoy the pretty view of its houses, painted in all the colours of the rainbow, some of them with wooden gables, and one funny square building with a pyramid-shaped roof topped by a bellturret; all..

  • 4 Bloemgracht Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    NL - 1015 TH Amsterdam

    Formerly the haunt of painters, dyers and paint-sellers, the quiet "flower canal" has achieved great recognition because of the high number of its houses that have been designated historic monuments. Particularly impressive is the trio of f..

  • 5 De Dageraad Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Pieter Lodewijk Takstraat NL - 1073 KH Amsterdam

    These 350 labourer's houses were built between 1919 and 1922 by Michel de Klerk and Piet L. Kramer, famous architects of the School of Amsterdam. The development of this quarter, designated a historic monument since 1970, was driven by a real estate ..

  • 6 Dam Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Dam NL - 1012 NP Amsterdam

    As the name suggests ("dam" means dyke in Dutch), this square, which was created in the 13th Century, is on the location of the Amstel dyke - the geographical and historical foundation of Amsterdam. Once the central market place and today t..

  • 7 Het Schip Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Spaarndammerplantsoen 140 NL - 1011 HJ Amsterdam

    Located in the old working-class district of Spaarndammerbuurt, this social housing project was built in the 1920s by Michel de Klerk, and is one of the Amsterdam School's masterworks. Stroll around the development to admire its audacious ship-like b..

  • 8 Herengracht, n° 475 Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Herengracht 475 NL - 1017 BS Amsterdam

    Built between 1668 and 1672, this house originally had a mansard roof. It was modified in 1731 by Daniel Marot and at that time the facade was richly decorated with balustrades and carvings of flowers and acanthus leaves. The caryatids in the middle ..

  • 9 Herengracht, n° 476 Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Herengracht 476 NL - 1017 CB Amsterdam

    The facade of this fine residence is adorned with six Corinthian columns, carved garlands and a balustrade decorated with the former owner's coat of arms surmounted by an eagle. The house's garden dates from the 18th Century.

  • 10 Huis Bartolotti Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Herengracht 170 NL - 1016 BP Amsterdam

    This splendid house was designed around 1622 by Hendrick de Keyser, the architect who built the Munttoren and the Westerkerk. The two doors had separate functions: the one at number 172 was for use during the day, the one at 170 by night. The façade,..

  • 11 Musée Willet-Holthuysen Interesting

    Museums and art

    Herengracht 605 NL - 1017 CE Amsterdam

    This house was built just before 1700. The furniture and artefacts inside give an impression of the life led by merchants in the Dutch "Golden Age". The garden retains the original lay-out created by the French architect Daniel Marot, who w..

  • 12 Jordaan Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Westerstraat NL - 1015 LT Amsterdam

    An obvious area for development with the cutting of the four central canals, Jordaan sprang up in the 17C and was home to working people and immigrant groups. Regenerated in the second half of the 20C, it is today a delightful network of little stree..

  • 13 Musée Van Loon Interesting

    Museums and art

    Keizersgracht 672-674 NL - 1017 ET Amsterdam

    The painter Ferdinand Bol, a pupil of Rembrandt and a famous portrait-painter, was the tenant of this house, which belonged to shop-keeper Van Raey. The painter's family later acquired the building and turned it into a museum. The décor in the house ..

  • 14 The House of Heads (Huis met de Hoofden) Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Keizergracht 123 NL - 1015 CJ Amsterdam

    The carved heads of six Roman gods decorate the stone and brick façade of a 1622 house. Pieter de Keyser is thought to be the architect of this very fine residence, with its stepped gable. According to legend the six sculpted heads are those of six r..

  • 15 The House of Dolphins Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Singel 140-142 NL - 1015 AG Amsterdam

    The name, House of Dolphins, pays homage to the first owner of this home, the Dutch grammarian Spieghel, author of a text on dolphins. The building is also known as the House of the Captain of the Night Watch, in honour of another of its occupiers, w..

  • 16 St Anthony's Gate (Waag or St-Anthoniespoort) Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Nieuwmarkt NL - 1011 JP Amsterdam

    Flanked with towers and turrets, this gate dates from 1488. In 1617 the moats around it were filled in and the gate changed in character. From that time butter and cheese were brought here to be weighed before being sold. At one time the octagonal to..

  • 17 New Metropolis Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Oosterdock 2 NL - 1011 LH Amsterdam

    This sort of enormous green hull, turned towards the IJ river, is the work of Renzo Piano, architect of the Pompidou Centre in Paris. Completed in 1997, the building houses Amsterdam's science and technology museum. Children will be thrilled to parti..

  • 18 Old Church (Oude Kerk) Interesting

    Religious buildings

    NL - 1012 GX Amsterdam

    Acquiring its name with the construction of the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), the Oude Kerk is dedicated to Saint Nicholas. Spared by the fire of 1452, the church includes a baptistery, an ancient sacristy and some 17th and 18th Century houses at the eas..

  • 19 Oude Schans Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    NL - 1011 KR Amsterdam

    This canal was dug in 1510, replacing St Anthony's dyke, which was destroyed in an attack by troops from Gelderland. The simple beauty of its buildings, the constant minor flow of river traffic, the barges and house-boats at their moorings, all contr..

  • 20 Oude Zijde Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    St Jansstraat NL - 1012 HG Amsterdam

    To the east of Damrak-Rokin, the "old side" was delineated from the "new side" by 15C parish boundaries, and is also known as Walletjes ("little walls"), or indeed the Red Light District, since its narrow streets are ren..

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