Initially a lively fish and cloth market, this square upon which the castle-like De Waag building stands was the holding ... More
Initially a lively fish and cloth market, this square upon which the castle-like De Waag building stands was the holding place for Jews arrested during WWII. In the 1970s, Chinese immigrants created a small Chinatown, and a decade later, locals protested the construction of a subway station here. Now the square is a cool gathering place surrounded by pubs and small restaurants where you can eat well for very little money. A delightful walk along the canals amid some of Amsterdam s oldest houses is highly recommended.
Nieuwmarkt is where the infamous White Bus is "early" in the evening before it moves to Centraal Station... the White Bus sells/distributes clean needles/kits/methadone to the junkies... this is NOT a great neighborhood to be in late at night.
For me this is the most quintessential Amsterdam square. You see locals, from yuppies, students, junkies to chinese (it's located just next to china town/street). tourists and even a prostitute or two cominig from or going to work in the adiacent red lighyt district. Most tourist tend to sit on the terrace in the middle of the square, but to sit between the locals go to Loosje (middle aged locals), cafe Fonteijn (students, young crowd), Cuba (yuppies) and Cottom Club (jazzy 'black' athmosphere) Get some fruit, a sandwich or a haring at one of the vendors, sit down on a bench or at one of the cafe' terraces and see the world and all the (sometimes weird) people stroll and cycle by.....
Enjoy the world's largest collection of Van Goghs, including paintings, drawings, and letters. The museum also has a large collection
of works by some of Van Gogh's contemporaries and friends like Gauguin and Toulouse Lautrec, as well as a ...
The river Amstel was dammed here in the 13th Century. Amstelerdam, a small fishing community, was founded on the banks
of the river. Boats could unload their freight here and alongside the Damrak. When the Nieuwe Kerk was rebuilt ...
The Science Center NEMO lies in the heart of Amsterdam. Discover technological and scientific developments in the worlds of biomedicine
and information technology. Even highbrows may find difficulty discerning between fact and fantasy. An added bonus is a footbridge ...
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