Jordaan Walking Tour, Amsterdam (Self Guided)

The Jordaan is a district of the city of Amsterdam. It was originally a working class neighborhood, but in recent years it has become quite upscale and home to many museums and art galleries, particularly those focused on modern art. The district is also dotted with specialty shops, markets and restaurants. This tour is a perfect opportunity to see the main attractions of the district of Jordaan.
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Jordaan Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Jordaan Walking Tour
Guide Location: Netherlands » Amsterdam (See other walking tours in Amsterdam)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Author: alexei
De Colibri

1) De Colibri

De Colibri is an antique shop located in the Jordaan district of Amsterdam. It is the place to find a mixture of antiques, curiosa, and porcelain & glass collectables, like Murano glassware, Tiffany lamps and various Dutch pottery manufactures. It also has a fine collection of all kinds of 20th century accessories too.

Operation Hours Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 1.30 pm; Saturday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

2) Noordermarkt

Noordermarkt is a weekly flea that is held in front of the Noorderkerk in the Jordaan district of Amsterdam. Over here, on Saturdays, you can find vintage and antique items, such as home accessories and clothing, while, on Mondays, you can find furniture and all kind of textiles. On both days, antiques and secondhand books are usually available.

Operation Hours Saturday & Monday: 9 am - 4 pm
Noorderkerk (North Church)

3) Noorderkerk (North Church)

On the Noordermarkt Square in Amsterdam, reflecting the ideals of Renaissance Protestantism, is a beautiful cross-shaped church; the Noorderkerk. The name Noorderkerk means the “northern church” and is called so since it is located in the northern part of the Jordaan neighbourhood. The architect of this church was Hendrick de Keyser, who also built the Westerkerk. This Church has a unique octagonal floor. The structure resembles a Greek cross which has four arms of equal length and each corner of this cross is occupied by annex buildings. At the centre of the cross is a small tower. Four triangular houses tucked into the cross’s angles were built in 1621 by Hendrick Staets, who wanted to make use of the available space. There is evident domination of large Tuscan pillars in the interiors of the church and on the exterior a plaque reminds us of the protests against Nazi deportation of city’s Jews in 1941. Between 1993 and 1998, the Church was restored while the organ was reinstated in 2005.

Along with being a place of worship, the Noorderkerk is also a place for classical music recitals. The Church also displays archeological artifacts in its southern annex. It is now used for Dutch Reformed Church services.

4) Rockarchive

If you are a fan of music and photography, the Rockarchive is one place you cannot afford to miss. Get some of the most exclusive pictures of your favorite bands, artists and musicians at the Rockarchive.

Founded in 2004, the Rockarchive is the place where you can get limited edition pictures, posters and exclusive photographs of your favorite rock artist. With contributions from music photographers all over the world, the Rockarchive has a growing collection of exclusive, limited and some of the best pictures you can find of your favorite musician.

Ranging from a few euros going right up to a 100 and even more, you can get hold of almost any rock star provided you have the cash for it. The Rockarchive has a vast collection from over 50 renowned music photographers from all over the world.

If you are a collector, there is no place like the Rockarchive. Although the photographs don’t come cheap, you can get a great deal if you look around for it. But whether you buy or not, the Rockarchive is a must visit in Amsterdam. The Rockarchive has only 4 outlets in the world. If not Amsterdam, you can visit them either in London or in Dublin.
Tulip Museum

5) Tulip Museum (must see)

Located in Jordaan is a small but quite a fascinating museum dedicated to the most notorious flower in the history of Netherlands -- the Tulip. A flower that has played such an important role in shaping the history of the country is bound to have a museum dedicated to telling its tale and the Tulip Museum or the Tulpenmuseum does exactly that.

Tulips were introduced in the Netherlands and Europe in the mid-16th century by the Ottoman Empire. The delicate flower soon caught the attention of the nobilities and was brought to cultivate on Dutch soil. The flowers gained huge popularity, especially with the elite and also became a status symbol in society. The rarer the colour of the flower, the more precious the bulb. Variations in the flower colour, petals etc. were soon discovered and the market demand rose to great extent. There were instances recorded when people were ready to pay 10 times the annual income of a craftsman for a single bulb of the flower. The ‘Tulip Mania’, as it is known today, peaked in 1637 and caused severe damage to the Dutch land's economy.

Why You Should Visit:
Small but packed with information and with everything you need to become addicted to tulips.

The gift shop at the entrance is cute and has plenty of interesting souvenir options.
Also known as one of the few places that have "certified" bulbs for the USA & Canada.
Location-wise, it's right near the Cheese Museum so you can get your fill of cheese at the same time!

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-6pm
Theo Thijssen Museum

6) Theo Thijssen Museum

The Thijssen Museum is a cozy little museum on Jordaan, just a short distance from Anne Frank House and the Tulip Mansion. The Museum is dedicated to Dutch educator, politician and writer Theodore Thijssen (1879- 1943).

This museum seldom makes it to a tourist’s ‘must-see-list’ in Amsterdam. Nevertheless, if you do get the opportunity to visit, the Museum offers a great insight on the life of Thijjsen along with some very interesting glimpses into the past of Amsterdam. The staff at the Museum is not only friendly but also fluent in English. This well arranged museum is the perfect place to dive into the ordinary past of Amsterdam. Accounts of daily lifestyle and how people lived back in the 19th century can be grasped vividly at the Thijssen Museum.

Theodore Thijssen was born to a shoemaker and lived a fairly underprivileged childhood. He underwent strenuous courses and stringent exams to get himself educated which finally crowned into him becoming a teacher. However, unlike any other teacher he was set to make a difference in the way pupils were taught in classrooms. He pioneering work brought about change in the education system not only in Amsterdam but also the Netherlands. Apart from being recognized as an educator, he is also known for some of the finest Dutch literary works that paint the picture of life in the 19th century.
Antiek 58

7) Antiek 58

Established in 1995, Antiek 58 is located at Bloemgracht Street in the beautiful Jordaan area of Amsterdam. It specializes in antique furniture, decorative objects like lamps, sculptures, mirrors and paintings. This charming antique shop has a brocante air atmosphere. Antiek 58 also offers advice on restoration and styling.
Electric Ladyland

8) Electric Ladyland

Fluorescent Art Museum, also known as Electric Ladyland, is the first and only museum of fluorescent art in the world. It opened in 1999. The museum offers its visitors a unique experience by letting them become a part of the pieces of art. The museum includes a wide collection of fluorescent minerals, gray rocks that turn into fascinating multi-colored wonders of nature under different wavelengths of light. No one will leave this museum unimpressed. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Annet Gelink Gallery

9) Annet Gelink Gallery

Annet Gelink Gallery features photography and painting exhibitions. The gallery opened its doors in 2000. It's basically focused on the promotion of unknown young talents but also holds exhibitions by such world-known masters as Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse and many others. Open Tuesday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, from 1:00 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Antiekcentrum Amsterdam

10) Antiekcentrum Amsterdam

Located in the Jordaan district, Antiekcentrum Amsterdam is the largest indoor antiques centre in the Netherlands. Open daily except on Tuesday, its 1,750 square meters space gathers 72 stands, several bigger shops, 90 display cabinets and a cozy cafe. This is the place to find a wide variety of antiques, including jewelry, glassware, silver-plated dinnerware, candlesticks, mirrors and pictures, and lighting fixtures. This antique mall also features an assortment of furniture, collectibles, bric-a-brac, and other unique and unusual items. On Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, there is a smaller market where private dealers sell their own antiques right at the entrance of the centre. Antiekcentrum Amsterdam, which has been established for more than 35 years, was until recently known as Kunst & Antiekcentrum De Looier.

Operation Hours Monday - Friday: 11 am - 6 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm; Tuesday: closed
Houseboat Museum

11) Houseboat Museum

With canals that substitute roads and boats that are used as a means of inner city transportation, Amsterdam will never cease to surprise its visitors. One of the most common sights in Amsterdam is a houseboat.

Although common, it is also one of the most intriguing aspects of Amsterdam lifestyle. How do people live on water, is it practical, what about electricity and disposal? These are just some of the questions that arise when sees one. Living in a houseboat may sound like an exotic thing, however rarely do you actually get touch, see and experience how it is to live inside one. But at Amsterdam, even these thoughts are entertained.

Opened in 1997 by Vincent Van Loon, a houseboat owner, the Houseboat Museum is the perfect place to lay your curiosity at rest. Open to the public on all days except in winter, the Houseboat museum gives its visitors a unique insight on the lifestyle and daily routine of the houseboat dwellers. Surprisingly, these houseboats seem more like homes than the usual houses that are made out of brick and stone.

With a large living area, bunk beds, kitchen and bathrooms, you will be astonished to see how the house offers warmth, comfort and homeliness without compromising on space. The House Boat Museum just 5 minutes’ walk from the Anne Frank House and Westerkerk Church is a must visit when in Amsterdam.
Ron Mandos Gallery

12) Ron Mandos Gallery

Focused on the interaction between artist, location, design and the public, Ron Mandos opened his first gallery in 1999. Exhibitions are held by both renowned artists and emerging young talents. This gallery is a visual feast for every art lover. Hours of operation: Wednesday through Saturday, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Walking Tours in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Create Your Own Walk in Amsterdam

Create Your Own Walk in Amsterdam

Creating your own self-guided walk in Amsterdam is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

It would be a pity to leave Amsterdam without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Amsterdam, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
Old Center Gay Nightlife

Old Center Gay Nightlife

Amsterdam is second to none when it comes to tolerance and respect for individual uniqueness. This intimate city is an iconic gay destination and offers a wide range of gay bars and clubs. Follow this tour to visit some of the best rated gay venues in Amsterdam's Old Center.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km
Museum Quarter Walk

Museum Quarter Walk

The museums of Amsterdam are among the main tourist attractions of the city. Some of its museums are quite small, but nevertheless important, and some, like the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum are world famous and should not be missed. This tour gives you an opportunity to visit Amsterdam's most renowned museums and learn more about history, art and even the world of diamonds.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
Canal Belt Nightlife

Canal Belt Nightlife

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Southern Canal Belt Walking Tour

Southern Canal Belt Walking Tour

Grachtengordel (Dutch for the Canal District) is an international icon of urban planning and architecture in Amsterdam. Still very much intact after four centuries, the area is known for its small bridges, crossing the canals, and 17th-century homes. Forming a horseshoe around the Old City Centre, the Canal Ring comprises Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht canals, built during...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Western Canal Belt Walking Tour

Western Canal Belt Walking Tour

The Western Canal Belt is one of the most scenic parts of Amsterdam, it is where the web of historic canals is most tranquil. Various attractions are found here, from tiny shops and cafes to churches, museums and galleries. Take this tour and see the best sites of the Western Canal Belt.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Amsterdam for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Amsterdam has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes

To save yourself time and money visiting Amsterdam's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the I Amsterdam City Card, Amsterdam City Pass, Amsterdam City Pass Plus, or Amsterdam Pass (by Stromma).

A city pass combines all or multiple Amsterdam' top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip the lines at major attractions, thus saving you precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels

Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Amsterdam hotels that are conveniently located, but at the same time, also not so ridiculously expensive: NH Collection Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, Hotel TwentySeven, Swissôtel Amsterdam.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Amsterdam, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours

We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Amsterdam typically costs from around US$25 up to US$40 or more per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off sightseeing boat calling at all of Amsterdam's major attractions, museums and shopping centers. En route, you can listen in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages and get on and off at any of the stops along the way as often as you like.

- Discover Amsterdam with the taste of beer on a relaxing 75-minute canal cruise gliding past beautiful bridges, buildings and houseboats, calling at the former Heineken brewery for an ultimate cultural experience and a free pint to enjoy.

- Pedal your way around Amsterdam's quirky quarters and picturesque waterways on a guided city bike tour. In the course of 3 hours you will visit the city's eclectic sights stopping at the most notable of them for a bit of rest, watching the surroundings, and learning much about the city from an informative group leader.

- Take a morning walk around Amsterdam with a knowledgeable guide for an insider view of Holland's most fascinating city. This tour will take you along Amsterdam's enchanting canals to its must-see attractions away from tourist crowds. A complete overview of Amsterdam from the ground up!

- Treat yourself to some of the best Dutch and international delicacies Amsterdam has to offer on a 3-hour food journey across the city visiting, among other locations, a typical local market, beer garden, and a family-run restaurant.

- Step back in time to the dark years of the German occupation of Holland during World War II on a 2-hour historical walking tour of Amsterdam. Feel what it was like, learn the story of Anne Frank, visit the Jewish Quarter and other memorable places.

- Visit the infamous Red Light District, once the most dangerous part of Amsterdam, now synonymous with the city itself. See how the area has transformed, over the years, from the dark “gutter” with shady dens of vice to the lively district with welcoming pubs and restaurants.

Day Trips

If you have a day to spare whilst in Amsterdam, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations like Giethoorn, Bruges, Zaanse Schans, Keukenhof, and Holland’s countryside. For as little as US$50+ to US$180+ per person you will get a chance to discover “Venice of The Netherlands” and the Garden of Europe, visit one of the most captivating cities in Belgium, explore the charming Dutch villages with eye-catching windmills and picturesque canals, acquaint yourself with the traditional Dutch crafts (clog- and cheese making), taste the local pancakes and cheeses, and so much more! For any of these tours you may be picked up either straight from your hotel or a designated place in Amsterdam, and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned coach or minivan to the destination of your choice and back again.