The old inner city of Amsterdam

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Amsterdam is a city with plenty of beautiful architecture. From Renaissance to Art Deco and Amsterdam School, there are beautiful buildings, facades and extraordinary views everywhere. The old inner city is one of the best districts for a walk.


See the Begijnhof


Start your walk on the Zeedijk, which is marked by its many styles and cultures. This route takes you along where the medieval city walls once stood, with the Anthoniespoort (Anthony’s gate) and the only Buddhist temple in Amsterdam. Walk towards Nieuwmarkt square with its many terraces and old weighing house (De Waag). Continue through the Koningsstraat towards the water. You can see the tower of the Montelbaanstoren in the distance to your left. If you turn right across the bridge, you will soon reach Gassan Diamonds. Cross the bridge once again and turn into the Jodenbreestraat. You will pass the Rembrandt Huis as you walk towards the Raamgracht. Continue until you turn left into the Oudezijds Achterburgwal and then reach the Begijnhof via the Grimburgwal and Spui. Take care with your route-finding here, because the Begijnhof lies hidden between the Spui and Amsterdam Museum.


Red-light district

From the Begijnhof, walk along the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal towards Dam square. From here, continue through the Damstraat to the Wallen, better known as the red-light district in English. Here, you can visit the beautiful Oude Kerk or the extraordinary secret Catholic church which is now a museum, Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder (‘Our Lord in the attic’). The walk takes about two hours but you can visit several beautiful museums on the way and take a break, with a drink and some food, on one of the many great terraces near the Begijnhof or on Dam square.