Jordaan Walking Tour (Self Guided), Amsterdam

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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Guide Name: Jordaan Walking Tour
Guide Location: Netherlands » Amsterdam (See other walking tours in Amsterdam)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Author: alexei
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Noorderkerk (North Church)
  • Noordermarkt
  • Tulip Museum
  • Electric Ladyland
  • Moeders
  • De Looier Antiekcentrum Amsterdam
  • Houseboat Museum
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Noorderkerk (North Church)

1) 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.
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Noordermarkt

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
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Tulip Museum

3) Tulip Museum (must see)

Located in the picturesque Jordaan neighborhood of Amsterdam, this small but rather fascinating museum is dedicated to the most notorious flower in the history of the Netherlands – the tulip. This flower has played such an important role in shaping the country that it is only natural to have a museum solely dedicated to telling its tale; the Tulpenmuseum (Tulip Museum) does exactly that!

Tulips came to the Netherlands and the rest of Europe in the middle of the 16th century from the Ottoman Empire. This delicate flower soon caught the attention of the nobility and was brought for cultivation on the Dutch soil. The flowers gained huge popularity, especially with the elite, and became symbol of a high social status. The rarer the color of the flower was, the more precious was its bulb. Variations in color, petals, and other facets pushed the market upward to unprecedented highs. In some instances, records say, people were eager to pay up to 10 times(!) their annual income for a single tulip bulb. The so-called “Tulip Mania”, as it's known today, peaked in 1637 and caused severe damage to the Dutch economy.

Why You Should Visit:
Small but informative museum packed to the brim with everything you need to become a tulip addict.

Tip:
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 is right near the Cheese Museum so you can get your fill of cheese at the same time!

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-6pm
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Electric Ladyland

4) 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.
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Moeders

5) Moeders

Moeders is on nearly every list for a traditional Dutch meal, so it's best to book ahead because the place is usually packed with many tourists who come here to try Dutch food for the first time. The menu covers some tried and true classics, including the ultimate Dutch comfort food, the "stamppot" (a unique combination of potatoes mixed with sauerkraut and gravy, and served here with either a meatball and a sausage or with grilled veggies and melted feta cheese) as well as some more creative dishes (a pumpkin soup of the day).

When it opened in 1990, customers were asked to bring their own plates and photos of their mothers (or "moeders" in Dutch; to which you can contribute your own snapshot) as donations and the decor remains a unique, delightful hotchpotch, just as the food.

To really get the best of everything, order the Dutch Ricedish, which is recommended for a group or a minimum of two persons. This dish comes with Granny's Stewed Beef, Dolly's Hachée (beef stew with onions), stamppot/hotchpotch (mashed potatoes with sauerkraut), boiled potatoes, red cabbage, apple sauce, bacon, and sausage with gravy. It is about €20 per person and worth trying at least once. The meals are a good portion and will leave you full since much of the food is hearty. Of other dishes, the spare ribs really stand out, grilled to perfection with plenty of flavor (the actual taste is like a mix between Asian and European rib, therefore quite unique).

With good Dutch food and beers available, plus friendly service, this welcoming, special place is a definite cure for a cold, rainy day, and a learning experience to be had when in Amsterdam.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 5pm-12am; Sat, Sun: 12-4pm (lunch) / 5pm-12am (dinner)
Kitchen is always open until 10:30pm; last order: 10pm
Closed on Dec 31 (New Year's Eve) and Jan 1 (New Year's Day)
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De Looier Antiekcentrum Amsterdam

6) De Looier Antiekcentrum Amsterdam

Located in the Jordaan district, De Looier 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
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Houseboat Museum

7) 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.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 10am-5pm

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Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles

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