Jordaan Walking Tour, Amsterdam

Jordaan Walking Tour (Self Guided), Amsterdam

The Jordaan district of Amsterdam is a popular neighborhood renowned for its charming, narrow streets, quaint courtyards, and picturesque canals. Replete with beautiful historic houses, many of which have been converted into cozy cafés, trendy boutiques, and art galleries, this district has a distinctive atmosphere that sets it apart from other areas in the city.

The Jordaan was originally developed in the 17th century as a working-class area, which over time has evolved into a lively and diverse neighborhood, retaining much of its original character, and becoming an iconic symbol of Amsterdam's cultural heritage.

One of the notable landmarks in the Jordaan is the Noorderkerk (North Church), a beautiful Protestant temple built in the early 17th century, known for its unique design. Adjacent to the Noorderkerk is Noordermarkt, a vibrant square that hosts a popular farmer's market every Saturday – a great place to experience the local culture and taste delicious Dutch treats.

The Tulip Museum, just a few blocks away, is dedicated to the history and significance of tulips in Dutch culture, while another unique museum in the district, Electric Ladyland, focuses on fluorescent art and the concept of perception.

Moeders, which means "mothers" in Dutch, is a popular local restaurant known for its homely atmosphere and traditional Dutch cuisine. For antique lovers, the De Looier Antiekcentrum Amsterdam, a large antique center, is a must-visit destination in the Jordaan. Lastly, the Houseboat Museum, housed in an actual houseboat, offers a glimpse into the unique way of living in Amsterdam.

"De Jordaanse gezelligheid" (Jordaan friendliness) – This expression refers to the warm and cozy atmosphere that is characteristic of the Jordaan district. It signifies the sense of community, conviviality, and hospitality that the neighborhood is known for. If you wish to experience the welcoming ambiance and capture the essence of the Jordaan district first-hand, take this self-guided walk.
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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: 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 (Mothers)
  • De Looier Antiekcentrum Amsterdam
  • Houseboat Museum
Noorderkerk (North Church)

1) Noorderkerk (North Church)

The Noorderkerk (North Church) is a historic Protestant church located in the Jordaan neighborhood of Amsterdam, Netherlands. It was designed by Dutch architect Hendrick de Keyser and completed in 1623, during the Dutch Golden Age.

The church was built to serve the growing population of the Jordaan, a working-class neighborhood that had developed outside the city's medieval walls. It was commissioned by the city government and funded by a tax on beer, which was a popular drink among the local residents.

The Noorderkerk is a classic example of Dutch Protestant church architecture, with its simple, rectangular shape, tall windows, and minimal ornamentation. The interior features a large central nave with galleries on either side, and a high, vaulted ceiling. The pulpit and organ are located at opposite ends of the nave, and there is a large, octagonal baptismal font in the center.

Over the years, the Noorderkerk has played an important role in the social and cultural life of the Jordaan. It was a popular gathering place for local residents, who would attend services, concerts, and other events there. During World War II, the church was used as a distribution center for food and supplies to residents of the neighborhood who were suffering from the effects of the German occupation.

Today, the Noorderkerk is still an active church, and also serves as a venue for concerts and other cultural events. Its beautiful interior and historic significance make it a popular destination for visitors to Amsterdam.

2) Noordermarkt

Noordermarkt (Northern Market) in Amsterdam is a unique and colorful market that has been around for almost 400 years, dating back to the 17th century. Despite its long history, the merchants on the Noordermarkt have adapted to the demands of the modern consumer, making it a market of international allure. It's a cozy and attractive market, inspiring many visitors, and can be described as an experience.

The Noordermarkt is open on Monday mornings and Saturdays, offering a wide range of products that cannot be found anywhere else in Amsterdam. The variety of items is remarkable, including antiques, curiosities, books, prints, special textiles, glass and crockery, jewelry of your design, vintage clothing, paintings, graphics, bags made of recycled canvas, and much more.

On Saturdays, the market offers three unique markets: the food market (Lindengrachtmarkt), the organic market, and the market with antiques, brocante, clothing, small furniture, and a unique range of semi-precious stones, prints, jewelry bags, and more. It's a bustling market day, and visitors can expect to be immersed in the vibrant and diverse atmosphere.

Monday mornings at Noordermarkt bring a traditional textile market (lapjesmarkt). The general merchandise market offers a wide range of items for sale, including clothing, shoes, accessories, and household items. It's a unique opportunity to see and buy the best textiles in Amsterdam, and visitors will find plenty of inspiration from the many different fabrics available.

Opening Hours:
Monday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm; Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tulip Museum

3) Tulip Museum

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.

The Tulip Museum is a small but interesting museum that provides insight into the significance of the tulip in Dutch history and society. It is a great place to visit for those interested in learning more about the role that flowers have played in its history.

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.

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

4) Electric Ladyland

Electric Ladyland is a museum situated in the Jordaan district of Amsterdam. The museum's focus is on displaying minerals, artifacts, and art that fluoresce under ultraviolet light. The museum opened its doors on April 19, 1999, and was the first-ever dedicated fluorescence museum. Born from the initiative of artist Nick Padalino, Electric Ladyland takes its name from Jimi Hendrix's cult album of 1968.

Upon entering the basement exhibit, visitors are immediately transported to a mesmerizing world of bulbous, fantastical shapes that create an immersive environment reminiscent of the Love Generation. As soon as the black light is turned on, the homemade shapes come to life, and every surface emits a neon phosphorescence, leaving patrons awestruck by the technicolor spectacle.

The museum encourages visitors to explore the psychedelic space at their own pace, allowing them to engage in what the owners refer to as "participatory art." Alongside the experiential room, the museum boasts an extensive collection of rocks and natural elements that react to UV light. Under the black light, the glass case filled with mundane gray stones transforms into vibrant electric hues, turning dull objects into works of art. The museum also features various displays and vintage black light playsets that provide educational information about fluorescence.

Opening Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday: 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Moeders (Mothers)

5) Moeders (Mothers)

Moeders is a traditional Dutch restaurant located in Amsterdam, Netherlands, that serves classic Dutch cuisine in a cozy and welcoming atmosphere. The name "Moeders" means "mothers" in Dutch, and the restaurant is dedicated to celebrating the role of mothers in Dutch culture.

The interior of Moeders is decorated with hundreds of photos of mothers, grandmothers, and other female relatives, all donated by the restaurant's customers. The walls are also adorned with other mementos, such as plates, teapots, and other kitchen utensils, giving the restaurant a homely and nostalgic feel.

The menu at Moeders features a range of traditional Dutch dishes, such as stamppot (mashed potatoes with vegetables), hutspot (a stew made with carrots and onions), and gehaktballen (meatballs). The restaurant also serves a range of Dutch beers and liquors, including jenever, a traditional Dutch gin.

One of the highlights of dining at Moeders is the "mothers table," a large communal table where customers can sit and share a meal with other diners. The table is decorated with a collection of vintage kitchen utensils and other nostalgic items, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Moeders has been a popular dining destination in Amsterdam since it opened in 1990, and has received many positive reviews for its cozy atmosphere and delicious food. It is a great place to experience traditional Dutch cuisine and to connect with the cultural heritage of the Netherlands.

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)
De Looier Antiekcentrum Amsterdam

6) De Looier Antiekcentrum Amsterdam

De Looier The Antiques Centre Amsterdam is a must-visit destination for antique enthusiasts and collectors. Located in the heart of Amsterdam's charming Jordaan district, this indoor antique center is spread over a vast area of 1700 m2, making it the largest antique market in the Netherlands. The center is conveniently located on Elandsgracht Street, which is the gateway to the popular shopping area known as The Nine Streets.

The center offers a wide range of unique objects from different periods and styles, including 17th, 18th, and 19th-century antiques, Art Deco pieces, and vintage items. With 55 specialized antique dealers showcasing their collections, visitors can explore an ever-changing and impressive collection of antique jewelry, lighting, crystal chandeliers, silver, miniatures, tableware, military objects, toys, ceramics, porcelain, Murano glass, bronze statues, Delft Blue, paintings, wall decorations, and small furniture. There are also display cases with unique and special collector's items for sale.

In addition to its impressive collection, the center is also known for its friendly and knowledgeable staff, who are always ready to help visitors find what they are looking for. With its prime location, a vast selection of unique antiques, and a friendly atmosphere, De Looier The Antiques Centre Amsterdam is an essential destination for anyone interested in antique shopping in the Netherlands.

Operation Hours:
Monday - Friday: 11 am - 6 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm; Tuesday: Closed
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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