East architecture walk

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Just East of Amsterdam Central Station, following the Oosterdokskade, there has been a lot of development.

Interesting architecture include the Amsterdam Doubletree hotel, the new public library and the Amsterdam music conservatory and Science Museum Nemo.

The walk takes only 45 minutes.

Amsterdam Central Station

Standing with your back toward Central Station, go left, towards the east.

Follow the no-cars walking /biking zone and bridges and watch the new buildings in this recently developed area.

Oosterdok

Amsterdam Oosterdok. View from Nemo Science Museum.

 

Amsterdam Doubletree Hotel

The east of Central station has undergone a complete metamorphosis. All of the old buildings have been torn down.

The first building you will see is the Doubletree Hotel on your left hand side.

Doubletree Hotel

Doubletree Hotel in Amsterdam

 

Chinese Sea Palace restaurant

Floating Chinese restaurant

Following the bridge, you’ll find the floating Chinese restaurant on your right.

The Sea Palace is the first floating restaurant in Europe and has been around since 1984.

With its Chinese kitsch interior and its over the top décor you can enjoy a real ‘Dutch Chinese’ meal.

Hardly surprising this is the biggest restaurant in Amsterdam.

 

Tricky Theater

On a whole different level, but also floating, it’s the Tricky Theater Restaurant. Food, magic and theatre all on one boat.

On Saturday night a three course menu comes with a magician show.

Great for kids.

Amsterdam architecture

Modern architecture in Amsterdam: public library at Oosterdok.

Architecture at Amsterdam Library

On left side, the spectacular main library can’t be missed. Feel free to enter and wander around this beautiful designed building, with its large open spaces and fantastic views on Amsterdam from the top floors.

After strolling and picking up a book here and there, or going through one of the  200 different newspapers, you can have a drink and food at the restaurant on the top floor or just lounge about in of the sofa’s (and secretly take a nap…).

 

Conservatorium van Amsterdam

Next to the library is the Amsterdam Conservatory.  The building was opened in 2008 by Queen Beatrix.

The design was inspired by Japanese houses, whereby the halls and stairs are all on the outside of the building and the rooms are in centre of the building. This way, the music students will not be disturbed by outside noises.

Many free concerts by young talented students on week nights. Check out the concert calender.

New Amsterdam architecture at Oosterdok.

Amsterdam Nemo Science Center

Now, you can take either of the two bridges. One goes towards Nemo Science Center.

The copper green ship-like design was opened in 1997. It stands on top of the IJ-tunnel.

The building was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano.

The roof of the building is a large and very sunny terrace which in summer has been made into an entertaining city beach.

 

Nemo Science Museum Amsterdam

Bridge towards Nemo Science Museum Amsterdam.

Hannekes Boom

The other smaller, ‘turning bridge’ leads you to ‘Hannekes Boom’. This new bar and restaurant (open since July 2011) has become hotspot of hip Amsterdam.

The spot has been known as Hanneke Boom (Hannekes Tree) for centuries, as it marked the small harbour where vessels would enter the city.

hannekes boom

Amsterdam bar and restaurant Hannekes Boom.

At night, the entrance would be barred by letting a tree float in the water. Hence the name Hannekes Tree.

The ‘new’ restaurant has been built solely out of recycled building material. All products are local and on the roof there is a herb garden. The new Hannekes tree is 21st century proof.

With its sunny terrace along the waterfront, excellent views, good prices, politically correct food and regular parties, it’s not surprising Hannekes Boom became popular fast.

 

Montelbaan tower

Amsterdam Tower Montelbaan, remnant of the defence wall.

Crazy Montelbaanstoren

From the Nemo Science Center you can turn inwards the city again, crossing the main road and walking along the Oude Schans canal towards an old tower, the Montelbaanstoren.

Originally the Amsterdam tower Montelbaan was built as a defence of the city in 1516.

Because of the unpredictable tower bells (they would spontaneously start to play at random times), the tower is is named Crazy Jaap.

Even Rembrandt liked this crazy tower, as he painted it.

Now turn right and you will walk right into the Nieuwmarket area.


 

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