Amsterdam by Robin Pascoe, Christopher Catling

By Robin Pascoe, Christopher Catling

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Beyond Damstraat, the bustling Red Light District meets the Nieuwmarkt, where the 15th-century Waag evokes a medieval air. South of the Nieuwmarkt, Museum Het Rembrandthuis gives a fascinating insight into the life of the city’s most famous artist. Oudemanhuispoort Spectacles on the gateway into this 18th-century almshouse for elderly men symbolize old age 6 STAR SIGHTS . Red Light District . Museum Het Rembrandthuis Lift bridge over Groenburgwal O U D E N I E M A U W R K T 59 Nieuwmarkt Despite redevelopment southeast of this onceimportant market square, the Nieuwmarkt itself is still bordered by many fine 17th- and 18thcentury gabled houses 3 NIEUWE ZIJDE OUDE ZIJDE EASTERN CANAL RING PLANTAGE LOCATOR MAP See Street Finder maps 7 and 8 Waag Amsterdam’s only remaining medieval gatehouse now houses a restaurant 2 B U R G W A L Trippenhuis Although it appears to be a single 17th-century mansion, this building is in fact two houses, the middle windows being false to preserve the symmetry 8 Z I J D E K L O V E N I E R S Oostindisch Huis Now part of the University of Amsterdam, this former Dutch East India Company (VOC) building has a fine example of an early 17th-century façade 7 Zuiderkerk This prominent city landmark now houses the city’s planning information centre 9 B U E N N A W Z G R O E N B U R G W A L R G W A L R A A M G R A C H T W A T E P L R L E I O O N - 0 metres 0 yards 50 50 KEY Suggested route .

DECEMBER Sinterklaasavond (5 Dec). The traditional Dutch giftgiving day when Sinterklaas and his Moorish helpers visit Dutch children to leave a sack of presents. Friends give poems caricaturing each other. Amsterdammers ice skating on the Keizersgracht Christmas Day (25 Dec). Increasingly accepted as the main gift-giving day. New Year’s Eve (31 Dec). Firework celebrations throughout the city with an organized display over the Amstel. JANUARY Jumping Amsterdam (Jan– Feb), Amsterdam RAI (p151). International indoor showjumping competitions.

The open-air reconstruction village at the Zuiderzeemuseum TECHNOLOGY AND NATURAL HISTORY A hands-on approach is encouraged by Nemo, Holland’s national science centre, to explain, for instance, how photography works or how computers process information. The centre is housed in a striking modern building. Along with hundreds of live animals, the Artis complex (the oldest zoo in the Netherlands, founded in 1838) contains a variety of museums. Rock collectors will be tempted by a huge range of minerals, rocks, fossils and helpful models in the Geologisch Museum.

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