Amsterdam Zuidoost

cultural melting pot with large-scale entertainment

Amsterdam Zuidoost (Amsterdam South East) - also referred to as Bijlmermeer or De Bijlmer - is one of the 8 boroughs (stadsdelen) of Amsterdam. It is an exclave, separated from the rest of the city with no shared borders with Amsterdam, but with good metro lines (50, 53, 54), connecting Zuidoost to the city centre and Centraal Station.


Arena Boulevard in Amsterdam Zuidoost - as seen from Amsterdam Bijlmer Arena railway station - with the Johan Cruijff Arena in the background

130 nationalities

Nowadays, Zuidoost harbours a total of 88,000 inhabitants (2018), over 130 nationalities and more than 80 different churches. It has now the largest community of people of Surinamese descent of the Netherlands, but also many other people from South America, West Africa, and the Caribbean.

Next to its residential areas, De Bijlmer has a large office district and entertainment and shopping district (Arena Boulevard), including Ajax' football stadium.


Villa ArenA , a large home furnishing shopping centre, and Arena Boulevard are synonymous with modern shopping, accessible from the centre of Amsterdam by metro and train.

Along the Arena Boulevard and next to the stadium are a growing number of prestigious megastores like Media Markt, Decathlon, Prénatal, Perry Sport and shopping centre Amsterdamse Poort.


Zuidoost's main attraction is the multifunctional football stadium Johan Cruijff Arena, home base for Ajax, also used for large scale music events.

Around the Arena are several cultural institutions: a large cinema (Pathé Arena) combined in one building with a state-of-the-art music hall, AFAS Live.

Behind the Arena, the Ziggo Dome is an eye-catcher. This large box-shaped concert hall with 120,000 LED lights on the outside turns the facade into a large video screen.


Built up in the 1960s and 70s as a residential utopia of sorts with apartment blocks separated by tracts of green. It was planned as a modern, functional 'town of the future', with roads elevated above the ground, and separate routes for cars, buses, bicyclists and pedestrians. But soon after its completion, it turned out that the new neighborhood with its functional, monotone highrise buildings was not as popular as expected. The area gained the reputation of a poor neighborhood with tall, impersonal and increasingly abandoned towerblocks and struggling with soaring crime rates and vandalism.

During the last 20 years, De Bijlmer was subject to large-scale urban renewal projects. Tower blocks were demolished and replaced by small-scale, low-rise residential areas. The original idea of functional separation between living, working, traffic, and recreation was abandoned.

more impressions of Amsterdam Zuidoost

Amsterdamse Poort (Amsterdam Gate), former ING Bank headquarters in Amsterdam Zuidoost, built in organic architecture style. Nicknamed 'Het Zandkasteel' (Sand Castle) after its sloping sand colored walls
ziggo dome
foxtrot b-80

Neighbourhoods of Zuidoost

Amstel III/Bullewijk, Bijlmer Centrum (D, F, H), Bijlmer Oost (E, G, K), Driemond, Gein, Nellestein

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