Amsterdam North is the most exciting place in Amsterdam at the moment. Not bad for a neighborhood that was neglected for centuries.
Amsterdam North is a small but inspiring neighborhood. It’s a place with strong contrasts, which you can find nowhere else in Amsterdam. It has ancient, picturesque dike villages and hi-tech modern architecture, easy going festivals and stylish restaurants. This contrast makes it an exciting place to visit.
The skyline of Amsterdam North is dominated by filmmuseum Eye and Amsterdam Tower. From the top of this tall tower you’ll have the best view over Amsterdam. If you’re brave enough, you can try the swing on the viewing platform. It swings out over the edge.
The most interesting place in North is the old shipyard of the Netherlands Dock and Shipbuilding Company (NDSM). This is where the NDSM use to build big trading ships. The gigantic, rusty buildings are now home to many artists and creative companies. It has an ‘edgy arts community with a post-apocalyptic vibe’, according to Lonely Planet. The buildings are also used for big events, some of the best Amsterdam has to offer. With raw art and alternative culture everywhere NDSM is one of the most trendy places in the world. Don’t believe our word for it, have a look for yourself or let us guide you on our biketour Trendiest spot in the world!
This industrial area is right next to the IJ, the broad river that separates Amsterdam from Amsterdam North. With wide views towards the south this is the ‘sunny side’ of Amsterdam in summertime. A place to have some fun in a unique maritime surrounding. No wonder the rivier is filled with boats in every size on summer days.
Not bad for a place that started life as a miserable peat bog. North was annexed by mighty Amsterdam in the fourteenth century. The place where the ferry from Amsterdam Central Station now docks was used for hanging criminals. The gallows were put in plain view of the ships in the harbor. It send a clear message to the sailors: don’t f**k with Amsterdam.
Later, in the nineteenth century, this was start of the Great North Holland Canal. Ships had to pay toll at the toll house. Later in the nineteenth century North was filled to the brim with heavy industry, like shipyards. The shipping barons were pretty progressive. Next to the shipyards they build spacious neighborhoods for their laborers.
Though the old industry is long gone, most of the old building are now getting a new lease on life. There are new restaurants, bars, hotels and shops opening every week.
The best way to get to North is by taking the ferry behind Central Station. It’s free of charge, so you can enjoy a free rivier cruise.
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