Hidden Amsterdam

Lesser-known attractions and strange or unique places of interest not typically found in a travel guide and which are known only to a few

Jacob Hooy

jacob hooy

A little gem that has been kept intact and in its original state for over 3 centuries: grocery shop from 1743.



Civic Guard Gallery - a public passage-way with 30 enormous paintings of Civic Guards paintings from the Golden Age

Hofjes   Almshouses

bakfiets met kinderen

Almshouses (or inner courtyards) are collections of small apartments around a central courtyard, built for the elderly.

Museum Vrolik


Anatomical and embryological museum with probably the largest collection of human deformities of the body in one place

Amsterdam School


Architectural movement (1910-30) that has enriched Amsterdam with splendid historical neighbourhoods, buildings and bridges

Stelling van Amsterdam

stelling van amsterdam

Defence line of 135 km with forts, batteries, dikes, sluices, canals and polders.

Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder


Our Lord in the Attic - a hidden church tucked away in the attic of a 17th century merchant house.



Convent of Bethany - a cloister nestled in the oldest area of Amsterdam, where you can listen to chamber music

Amsterdam Noord


The indivisible part of the Dutch capital where more than 160 classic wooden homes still remain, on the other side of the River IJ. Bundled together in little photogenic streets alongside picturesque dikes like the Buiksloterdijk, Schellingwouderdijk and the beautiful Nieuwendammerdijk, all are easily accessible by bike.

Begijnhof   Beguinage


An enclosed courtyard with 2 churches and charming houses dating from the early 14th century

Amsterdamse Bos


Large English landscape park with rowing course, animal farms and recreational areas.

Hollandsche Manege


For lovers of horses and 19th-century architecture: the Royal Riding School at the Overtoom.

De Koffieschenkerij


An authentic coffee bar in former sacristy of the Oude Kerk, with picturesque terrace in monastery garden

De Hallen

De Hallen

Cultural and culinary centre in Amsterdam West, nearby the centre

Jordaan Quarter


Discover the many picturesque streets of the Jordaan with its hidden gardens.

Hortus Botanicus


One of the oldest botanical gardens (1682) with a classical designed outdoor garden and 7 greenhouses (with each representing a different climate), 300-year-old Eastern Cape giant cycad and palm greenhouse.