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The Pijp is one of my favorite neighbourhoods of Amsterdam. Today the Pijp is a mixture of different nationalities and cultures. People of different ages, artists, students and families all have chosen the Pijp as their home. It is one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan neigboorhoods of Amsterdam.
In the Pijp you can find many restaurants, café's, bars and nice shops. Moreover, you can find the famous Albert Cuyp market where you can buy food, clothes, electronics, and much more. The Pijp is definitely worth a visit when you are in Amsterdam!
Moreover, if you want to escape the busyness of the Albert Cuijp market, you can go to the beautiful Sarphatipark where people take a morning walk, walk with their dogs, and enjoy its prettiness.
You might not want to go to the Amsterdam Library to borrow books if you're a tourist, but its top floor is worth a visit anyway! Go for a coffee or a bite to eat and enjoy the view of Amsterdam while sitting on the rooftop deck.
The building is designed by Dutch architect Jo Coenen. The library is open every day from 10.00 to 22.00.
The old church was one of the first buildings in the young Amsterdam around 1300. Meanwhile, it is embedded in the historic center of the city, better known as the wallen. Twice a year you can see presentations of often world-renowned contemporary artists. With new work they respond to both the past and the present. The old church is the icon of the beeldenstorm (statue storm), which was a complaint in 1566 against the Roman Catholic faith. If you look closely you will find traces of both the beeldenstorm and the Roman past back into the decorations in the building. The fringed style rooms, the sacred tomb and the Librije are open to you, with highlights including the Mirror Room where Rembrandt van Rijn made public the notice of the intended marriage and the seventeenth century Churchwarden's room with its collection of paintings and objects from the old church.Read more
The Nieuwe Kerk is a 15th-century church in Amsterdam, next to the Royal Palace. It is famous for its high-profile exhibitions. With hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, the church is one of the most visited exhibition locations in the Netherlands. The great exhibitions of treasures from other countries, cultures and religions are popular by many people. Also a visit to the monumental church is well worth it. In the Nieuwe Kerk, the Dutch head of state is inaugurated. Also, the current royal couple, Willem Alexander and Maxima, was married there. If you want to know what exhibition is going on, you should to take a look at their website!
The Bridge of Love or the Love Lock Bridge is not just a normal bridge. As the name is already suggesting, you can lock your love on this bridge. At the Bridge of Love, couples can hang their love padlock to commit to each other. The couples often write their initials or names on the padlock and the date. They throw the key of the lock away in the water to symbolize unbreakable love.
From this Bridge of Love, that is named the Staalmeesterbrug, you also have a beautiful view over the Groenburgwal and the Zuiderkerk tower in the background. This view has been established by various artists, where one of them is the famous Claude Monet. The painting he made is called: The Zuiderkerk, Amsterdam (Looking up the Groenburgwal) and was made around c. 1874. On the painting you can see the old bridge with the Zuiderkerk tower in the background.
The Bridge of Love is built between 1928 and 1964, but on old city maps dating from 1599 you can see that there was already a bridge here.
Unfortunately, the current municipalities are not very happy with people hanging their love lock on this bridge, as the bridge is having limited capacity. If there are too many lovelocks locked to the bridge, the bridge of love can’t open and close properly anymore and some parts could break down.
The Amsterdam Canals are very famous around the world. They were developed in the 17th century, also known as the golden age. Three major canals were built around the old city, one after the other. This was how Amsterdam’s famous ring of canals was formed and how the city acquired its familiar half-moon shape.
The canal ring was designed to attract the wealthy. Along the canals they built beautiful canal houses where these people could live. In 2010, the 17th-century canal ring area, including the Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht, Herengracht and Jordaan, were placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The best way to explore the city’s canals is on the water and there are several boat companies offering different packages, so you can experience the canals both during the day and at night.
The 'Negen straatjes' are nine idyllic shopping streets right in the Amsterdam canal belt. For 400 years these streets have been about trade, craft and culture and even after all that time these streets are still very lively. Little businesses, hidden cafes, hotspot restaurants, galleries and other authentic stores can all be found there.
This area also offers a great overview of the architectural style of Amsterdam heritage. The monumental shops give you an impression of how Amsterdam looked like back in the days.
The Jordaan is a district in in the west center of Amsterdam. Traditionally the Jordaan was a working-class neighbourhood but today it is one of the most upscale locations in the Netherlands. It's home to many art galleries (particularly of modern art), shops and restaurants specializing in different foods and cooking styles, and markets.
The famous painter Rembrandt van Rijn spend his last years in the Jordaan and was buried in the Westerkerk, a church just outside the Jordaan. Also the house where Anne Frank hided during World War II is located on the edge of the Jordaan, on the Prinsengracht.
In 1875 the architects Cuypers and Van Gendt got the assignment to design the Central Station. Cuypers's style can be regonized cleary. He had also designed the Rijksmuseum. The Central Station is built in the same classic style and with lots of decorations.
Today the Central Station is the most visited Dutch monument of the Netherlands. People do not just go there because they need to use the train. They come here to witness the greatness of this big building. The Central Station is a great first impression and sets high expectations for the rest of this historic city.