Neighbourhoods of Amsterdam

As any other city, Amsterdam is divided in many neighbourhoods. The neighbourhoods that Amsterdam Travel Guide mostly covers are the important areas in the city centre of Amsterdam, such as: Dam Square, the Unesco Heritage listed Amsterdam Canal belt, including the Jordaan district and De 9 Straatjes (9 streets), Leidse Square, Rembrandt Square, Red light district, Zeedijk, Nieuwmarkt and Museum Quarter. But we also have recommendations for Amsterdam North, East (Eastern Docklands and Plantagebuurt), South (Old South and De Pijp) and West (Old West, Westerpark etc).

Go to the details and reviews page of neighbourhood the city centre of Amsterdam Amsterdam started as a small settlement along the rivers IJ and Amstel. Shortly after the start of the settlement, the settlers built a dam at the cross points of the rivers IJ and Amstel. This dam became and still is the centre of the city.

Amsterdam city centre consists of a lot of famous smaller neighbourhoods, like the ‘Wallen’ - or as most people know it: the Red Light District -, the UNESCO World Heritage listed Canal Belt, the Jordaan District and shopping area De 9 Straatjes.
Go to the details and reviews page of neighbourhood De Pijp District in Amsterdam De Pijp was built in the second half of the 19th century when another major population growth was happening in Amsterdam. De Pijp is a characteristic neighbourhood, full of liveliness, cafes, restaurants and terraces.

There are boring streets, but there are also some really charming, green streets and squares that are wonderful to visit in the Summer. The main attractions of De Pijp are the Heineken Brewery, the Sarphatipark and the Albert Cuyp Market, the largest open-air street market in The Netherlands.
Go to the details and reviews page of neighbourhood Amsterdam East At the end of the 17th century the ground between the river Amstel and the river IJ was donated to charity institutions. The rest of the area was landscaped to a recreational park, De Plantage. Amsterdam’s Zoo Artis is one of the last remains of this recreational park.

The most beautiful part of Amsterdam East is the De Plantage neighbourhood, with beautiful residential buildings, Amsterdam’s zoo Artis, and the Hortus Botanicus. On the edge of this neighbourhood is also the Hermitage Amsterdam located.
Go to the details and reviews page of neighbourhood Amsterdam South During the second half of the 19th century a group of stock agents and bankers set up a fund for a new city park, just south of the city centre: the Vondelpark. They decided that no labourers housing or factories were allowed around the new park and so a wealthy neighbourhood was created.

The main attractions of this area are the three most important museums of Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum and Van Gogh Museum. But also the Concertgebouw (Concert Hall).