Amsterdam Sights

IJ Waterfront

Westelijke & Oostelijke Eilanden (Western & Eastern Docklands)

Centered on Centraal Station and stretching east and west along both banks of the River IJ, this fast-redeveloping area includes artificial islands, warehouses, and other installations of Amsterdam's old harbor (the new harbor lies west of the city).

A shiny new kind of Amsterdam is taking shape on parts of this waterfront where old disused shipping wharfs, dockside warehouses and industrial estates have been demolished and are being replaced by a new urban zone with modern apartments, modern offices and cultural institutions.

Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (left) and Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ (right)

Admire new architecture of Amsterdam around the IJ

Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, the EYE Film Museum, the new Palace of Justice: every so often comes a new eye-catcher. Amsterdam-Noord (Amsterdam North) with the former NDSM wharfs is emerging. For lovers of modern architecture a boat trip on the IJ and Eastern Docklands is a must.

Futuristic EYE Film Institute building (left) and A'dam Toren (right) on the northern bank of the IJ River

Sights and attractions

Main attractions in this area are the National Maritime Museum, East Indiaman Amsterdam, NEMO and Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ.

Another spectacular building with beautiful lofty hall is the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (PTA) , where large cruiseships dock during the summer, but which is used as a venue for cultural events during the winter. There are many mooring facilities for touring boats and inland cruise operations. Every year over 100 sea cruise ships and more than 700 river cruise ships are ariving in this part of the city and their number is growing.

Also new is the in 2016 opened A'DAM Toren, a 22-story building that formerly housed Shell and now a tower of creativity with a restaurant, hotel, club and office floors. A'DAM Lookout on the top floor is an open air observation deck which features panoramic views of the city and a swingset for adults where you can swing out over the edge of the building.


nearby Attractions

A'dam Toren   panorama tower on the IJ Waterfront
Bimhuis   house of the jazz
Centraal Station   central railway station
EYE   new Dutch film museum
Het Scheepvaartmuseum   national maritime museum
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ   concert hall for modern music
NEMO   science center
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