Magere Brug

The wooden drawbridge was built in 1671. It spans over the River "Amstel" and can be opened to allow larger ships to pass. The "Magere Brug" is illuminated at night and is one of the major attractions of Amsterdam. The bridge is situated in the south east of the inner city, close to the museum "Hermitage Amsterdam".


The religious community was founded in 1150 to help sick women. However the "Begijnen" were no nuns and they could always leave the community. Interesting is the green courtyard, with many beautiful old houses.  

Koninklijk Paleis

The Royal Palace was inaugurated in 1655. The Palace was actually built as a town hall, now it serves  for prestigious events of the royal family. 


The pedestrian zone of "Kalverstraat" is the largest shopping street in Amsterdam and runs from the "Dam" to the "Munt Toren". The crowded street offers the tourist shops and international brand stores. The name of the street has the meaning of Calves Street


The Zuiderkerk most the beautiful spire of the city. From Staalstraat you will have the best viewpoint to see the 80 m high tower. The first Protestant church in the Netherlands was built in 1611. Today the building is used as an information center of the city planning commission. 

De Waag

De Waag (The scale) was originally a part of the amsterdam fortification, which was later used as a scale house for the Port Authority. Today there is a nice restaurant inside the historic building. 


The "Munttoren" on the Singelgracht were formerly part of the fortifications and consisted of two towers erected in 1487. Both towers were destroyed by a fire in 1618. In 1620, one of the two towers was rebuilt and in 1650 was given a bell play, which is still in operation.  In 1672 Amsterdam got the right for coining money, the name Munttoren means "Mint Gate". The building is one of the most beautiful towers of Amsterdam. 

Koopmans Beurs

The "Koopmans Beurs" was built as stock exchange in 1903 and is a multifunctional exhibition hall today. The architect was Hendrik Berlage, who together with other architects founded the "Amsterdamse School" in 1911, a flow of modern architecture in Amsterdam. The building is also known as "Beurs van Berlage". 

Oude Kerk

The "Oude Kerk" (Old Church) was built as a small wooden church in the 13th century. In the 14th century, a new stone church was built, which was expanded over and over again in the following centuries. Through the large windows, the church looks bright from the inside. 

Redlight District Amsterdam

The "red light district" of Amsterdam is a mixture of party zone, with bachelor parties, sex shops, bars and prostitutes sitting in shop windows. Amsterdam tries to abolish the shop windows, but the prostitutes fight for the preservation. It can get crowded in the narrow streets in the evening. 


Travel Guide Amsterdam