Amsterdam Sights

The Old Centre

The neighborhoods of De Wallen (Red Light District), Dam, Spui and Nieuwmarkt are all located in the historical centre of Amsterdam.

Medieval Amsterdam

In the oldest part of Amsterdam you can still browse through medieval streets. The city of Amsterdam was built around the Oude Kerk, Amsterdam's oldest building dating from 1300. In this part of Amsterdam every stone tells a story!

Oude Kerk, view from Oudezijds Voorburgwal. Photo: Aleks Varnica

It's home to the main downtown shopping areas and attractions such as the Royal Palace, Old Church, Amsterdam Museum, Madame Tussaud's, and many canal-boat piers. This makes the Old Centre, right in the heart of the city, an attractive place to stay. On the other hand it can be very busy, filled with traffic, noise, and entertainment venues. If you seek tranquility, the Old Centre is not the place to find it.

ZeedijkZeedijk, one of the oldest streets in Amsterdam.

On the Nieuwendijk (new dike) - nowadays a busy, modern shopping street - along the west bank of the former part of River Amstel the oldest known (wooden) houses of Amsterdam rose around 1225.

De Wallen

Amsterdam's famous Red Light District in the Old Centre is a top tourist attraction


nearby Attractions

Allard Pierson Museum   archaeological museum
Amsterdam Dungeon   museum, theater, theme park
Begijnhof  enclosed courtyard from the 14th century
Beurs van Berlage
Nieuwe Kerk   2nd oldest church in Amsterdam
Oude Kerk   Amsterdam's oldest parish church
Our Lord in the Attic   hidden Catholic church
Red Light District
Royal Palace
Spui   the cultural books square of the Netherlands

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