Old Side Walking Tour, Amsterdam

Amsterdam's Old Side or Oude Zijde in Dutch is a neighborhood of true contrast. On one side we have centuries old medieval buildings, churches and landmarks, and on the other hand we have the Red Light District, which is not in fact a district, but an area within the Oude Zijde of Amsterdam.
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Guide Name: Old Side Walking Tour
Guide Location: Netherlands » Amsterdam (See other walking tours in Amsterdam)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 13
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Author: clare
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St. Nicolaaskerk

1) St. Nicolaaskerk

One of the most inspiring structures in Amsterdam is the St Nicolaaskerk or the St Nicolas Church. A unique amalgamation of Neo- Baroque, neo-Renaissance and traditional Dutch architecture, the Church of Saint Nicolas is one of the most splendid structures in Amsterdam.

Built in the late 19th century, the Church is known as one of the best designed churches in modern day Amsterdam.

This overpowering structure was designed by architect A.C. Bleijs, who built it with a vision of reviving...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Schreierstoren

2) Schreierstoren

The Schreierstoren that literally translates to ‘sharp angles’, was once a part of the medieval wall built around the city of Amsterdam. The structure was named so, because of the sharp angles it makes with the Geldersekade and the Oudezijds Kolk. Constructed with the sole purpose of protecting the city in the 15th century, the Schreierstoren stood as a tower of defense.

The Schreierstoren has been associated with many tales and myths in the past. According to popular belief, the...   view more
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Museum Our Lord in the Attic

3) Museum Our Lord in the Attic

Amsterdam is a city full of surprises and sticking to its reputation is the Museum Our Lord in the Attic. It is exactly how it sounds! The lord is indeed in the attic.

The second oldest museum in Amsterdam, the Museum Our Lord in the Attic was built in the 17th century by a merchant, Jan Hartman. During those times of Reformation when practicing Catholicism was considered against the law, Jan Hartman built a secret Catholic church in the attic of the house he had just purchased. Although not...   view more
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Greenhouse Effect

4) Greenhouse Effect

Since opening in the vibrant heart of Amsterdam’s Red Light District this bar has been the city’s premier venue for the best modern Drum and Bass, reggae, dance, funk and rare grooves with electronic music. Very often Greenhouse Effect is visited by local top...   view more
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Prostitution Information Center

5) Prostitution Information Center

One of the key attractions of Amsterdam is its ostentatious and very legal prostitution. The Red Light District or the De Wallen, as the locals call it, is the largest red light area in the world. Although this aspect of the city may seem very exotic, appealing and adventurous, assistance may be needed to ensure you are well informed and familiarized.

Having an information center for the world largest prostitution area seems like a logical idea, and Miss Mariska Majoor, a onetime...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Oude Kerk (Old Church)

6) Oude Kerk (Old Church) (must see)

In the midst of De Wallen, the largest and best known Red Light District in Amsterdam is the oldest parish of the city, the Oude Kerk or Old Church. St. Nicholas is the main patron of this stunning Roman Catholic Church. Not only is the structure one of the oldest, but the Church is also home to the city’s oldest church bells that date back to 1450.

This stunning Church dates back to the early 14th century which started off as a modest wooden Chapel. The Church later took the form of this...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Erotic Museum

7) Erotic Museum

There are a lot of things Amsterdam is famous for; it may be history, art, architecture or science. However, one thing about the city you just cannot ignore is its bold and candid expression of eroticism. Whether it is taking a walk down the Red Light District or visiting the Erotic Museum, people of Amsterdam are not shy.

Bringing forth eroticism with a hint of art is what the Erotic Museum strives to do. Collecting art, paintings, photography, sketches, sculptures and prints from artists...   view more
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Zeedijk

8) Zeedijk

The Zeedijk is one place that is beaming with fun and activity. Not only is its present lively, the Zeedijk has a dynamic and vibrant past as well. A perfect, in fact lethal combination of history, glamour, fun and entertainment, the Zeedijk is all wrapped in one.

The Chinese neighborhood of any city invariably makes it to the list of attraction of a city and Amsterdam is no exception. The Zeedijk, roughly translated- the ‘sea dikes’ is in the heart of the China town in Amsterdam. As...   view more
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Weigh House

9) Weigh House

Built in 1488, the Weighing House or the De Waag in Dutch was once a part of the city gates built to overlook the city. Later, in the 17th century, this monumental building was converted to a weighing house.

Originally, the building was much taller than it presently is. In the early 16th century, plans of expanding the city limits brought down the wall that once surrounded it. After razing the walls, all that remained was the gate that was no longer useful. The defensive canal and the area...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Hash, Marijuana & Hemp Museum

10) Hash, Marijuana & Hemp Museum

The Hash, Marijuana and Hemp museum situated in Amsterdam, at Oudezijds Achterburgwal, a canal of the Red Light District, are attractions within a walking distance from one another. These were established in 1985, 1987 and 2008 respectively, and were expanded into two venues due to the increased number of displays. The museum takes you through the past, present and the future of hemp and marijuana (also known as Cannabis). It provides insight into the use of hemp with an emphasis on its...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Spinhuis

11) Spinhuis

Built in 1596, with the purpose of rectifying and correcting its minor citizens, the Spinhuis did everything in its right to see to it that adolescent and young children could be corrected for the crime they committed.

As the story goes, the court once received a 16 year old well-bred boy by the name of Evert Jansz for theft. Although convicted, the judges found themselves in a huge conundrum when it came to finding an appropriate punishment for the teenager. An adult who had committed a...   view more
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Zuiderkerk (South Church)

12) Zuiderkerk (South Church)

One of the prettiest towers in Amsterdam that even inspired few of Monet’s paintings is at the South Church or the Zuiderkerk. Built during the years of 1603 to 1614, the Zuiderkerk was the first protestant or Reformist Church in Amsterdam. This magnificent structure was designed by renowned Dutch architect Hendrick de Keyser.

The Church was built with respect to the Renaissance style of architecture. There are claims that the design of Zuiderkerk even inspired the great British architect...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Montelbaanstoren

13) Montelbaanstoren

One of the last remaining pieces of Medieval Amsterdam, Montelbaanstoren stands as a proud monument to the city’s early wealth and power. The original tower was built in 1516 for the purpose of defending the city. The top half, designed by Hendrick de Keyser, was extended to its current, decorative form in...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

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.
Canal Belt Nightlife

Canal Belt Nightlife

A major cosmopolitan city with an absolutely electrifying nightlife scene, Amsterdam offers a variety of entertainment, from live music to underground house music, including ultra-chic to casual hangouts. Amsterdam is also home to variety of bars and clubs located inside historic buildings, allowing some of these former establishments to live on thematically, including the industrial chic of a former printing house, the heavenly theme of a converted church with large stained glass windows still intact, and more. Take this Nightlife Tour of Amsterdam's Canal Belt and discover what this great city is all about.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

Souvenir Shopping Part 1

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: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

Amsterdam has been the center of the Dutch Jewish community for the last four centuries, and although the holocaust had a dramatic effect on it, great efforts have been made to rebuild it in the years since. Wandering around the Jewish Quarter will give you an insight into the centuries-long history of the Jewish community of Amsterdam and the Netherlands.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 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
Churches Walking Tour

Churches Walking Tour

Amsterdam's numerous churches are an unique example of architectural diversity. Whether you are a keen church goer or simply interested in the architectural and historic aspects, Amsterdam will not disappoint. Take this tour to visit the most important religious sites in the city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Jordaan Walking Tour

Jordaan Walking Tour

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.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km

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