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Amsterdam's different neighborhoods

Amsterdam Neighborhoods with a map

It's easy to find your way around the city and experience its many areas. The city itself is divided into fifteen different districts and is home to almost 1300 bridges and 7 miles of canals.

Amsterdam is made up of many different neighborhoods, which in turn are divided into different areas, each with their own unique character and personality.

Old town

Amsterdam The Old Town is the authentic Amsterdam. The Old Town consists of several different areas and forms the physical core of the city. In the Old Town you will find the areas of De Wallen, Dam, Spui and Nieuwmarkt. Spui is the oldest part, filled with beautiful historic houses.

Some of them were built in the Middle Ages, the oldest being the Oude Kerk, built in the early 14th century. Other stately buildings include the Royal Palace, the Oude Kerk (Old Church), the Amsterdam History Museum and Madame Tussaud's waxworks.

New Market

Nieuwmarkt means New Market and is a lively area where there is always something exciting going on. The area is almost entirely dominated by De Waag, an incredibly beautiful castle from the late 15th century. At the castle you will find a huge market and here you can really botanize among all kinds of goods. The market itself is only open on Sundays.

But even if the market is closed, there is plenty to do here. The Nieuwmarkt has many good restaurants and bars, as well as coffee shops. It is also home to Amsterdam's oldest pharmacy. The pharmacy once held autopsies in public. During the summer months, free movies and performances are shown in the square.

The Walls

By far the most famous area in Amsterdam is the entertainment district, known by foreigners as the Red-light District. It actually consists of several different areas in the Old Town. The largest area is referred to by locals as De Wallen.

The architecture of the Red-light District is strikingly beautiful and has a convivial character. The area is one of the oldest in the city, with several buildings dating back to the 14th century.

The Red-light District is like two different worlds in one. By day it is a quiet area for business and shopping, and by night the whole area is transformed into Europe's most liberal entertainment district.

In the middle of day and night, during the early evening, the area is packed with people strolling around. This is where you can find many of the best restaurants, bars and nightclubs. There are also numerous museums in the area. Chinatown is part of De Wallen, which has spread across part of the Nieuwmarkt.

It is a neighborhood filled with lovely restaurants serving authentic Chinese food. There is also a large food market in the neighborhood where you can find food from all corners of the world.


Joordan was once the district of the poor. The city's workers and immigrants fleeing war and political persecution gathered here. Here they were given sanctuary. Many of the famous Dutch artists also lived here, including Rembrandt. In the 1970s, the area was slated for demolition due to its dilapidation, but massive protests by the city's citizens put a stop to many demolitions.

Instead, they started renovating some of the houses. Today it is a nice area with many shops, bars and restaurants. There are also several markets that are great for shopping in this friendly environment.

Other districts

In the eastern part of the city is the Plantage, the city's largest green space and an oasis for all residents. It contains beautiful botanical gardens and one of the oldest zoos in Europe. The Grachtengordel is the area where most of the canals are located. It was built around the center of the city in the 17th century, when trade was at its peak in Amsterdam.

There are lots of beautiful old houses and these are home to antique shops, restaurants and other stores. The Grachtengordel is also home to the Anne Frank House and the Canal House Museum.

Museumplein is located in the upper-class Oud-Zuid district and is home to the largest and most renowned museums in Amsterdam. The area serves as the absolute cultural center of the city. The most prominent museums are the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum and Van Gogh Museum.

The Rijksmuseum has a huge amount of priceless classical art, while the Stedelijk Museum showcases the best of the modern art world. As well as museums, there are fine restaurants, shops and luxury hotels.

In the streets of P.C. Hoofstraat, Pieter Cornelisz and Van Baerlestraat are lined with fine haute couture boutiques.

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