Amsterdam Quarters

Quarters of Amsterdam

Jordaan Quarter

Tuinstraat, Amsterdam Jordaan

The Jordaan Quarter lies just outside the three canal rings of Amsterdam, along the Prinsengracht canal. The Jordaan Quarter is considered a typical Amsterdam neighbourhood. The rich Jordaan history involves immigrants, poverty, social unrest, reflected in the Jordaan folk  music and culture. The Jordaan is great Amsterdam quarter for restaurants and to go shopping. View […]


Jewish Quarter

Amsterdam Synagoge

The neighbourhood just east of the centre, near Waterlooplein is called Plantage or the Amsterdam Jewish Quarter (Jodenbuurt). Jewish immigrants lived here from the 16th century onwards. Only 28.000 Amsterdam Jews out of 120.000 survived the Second World War. The few buildings they left behind: the Portuguese Synagogue, the Holland Theatre and the Jewish Museum, […]


Western Islands walk

Western islands Amsterdam

Just West of Central Station Amsterdam lay three peaceful islands. These ‘Western Islands’ are wonderful for a beautiful 1,5-hour walk. Starting at the Westerdok, a completely reconstructed docklands area where you find the latest in architectural fashion we walk west via the remarkable ‘Silodam’, an old industrial complex, transformed into apartment buildings, to the islands […]


Amsterdam Chinatown

Amsterdam Chinatown streetsign

The origins of Chinatown go back to the year 1910, which makes the Amsterdam Chinatown the oldest Chinatown in Europe. The first Chinese arrived in The Netherlands around 1900 on ships of the Dutch VOC. They worked as sailors, stokers in particular, on large steamships. Most of them came from poor areas, such as the […]


Red light district

Prostitution in Amsterdam

Amsterdam and prostitution have been together since the 15th century. In the famous red light district in the old centre, women from all over the world sit behind windows, lit by red lights. The Amsterdam council wants to crack down on illegal prostitution and human trafficking for women working in the red light district and […]


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