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Guidebook for Amsterdam

Frederike

Guidebook for Amsterdam

Drinks & Nightlife
On the other side of the canal, on the corner of the Brewer’s Canal, is one of the oldest café’s in Amsterdam: café ‘Papeneiland’, established in 1641. In the 17th century, “Paap” was a common swearword for Catholics. ‘Papeneiland’ was a catholic café and it stood on a little island just outside the city. A secret tunnel was dug in the 17th century from the Posthorn church, under the canal, to the basement of the café. Through that tunnel, the Catholics could flee the city if there was trouble. If you ask the barman of that café nicely, he’ll take you to the basement and show you the entrance of that tunnel, which is still there. If you look back at the café from the other side of the bridge
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Het Papeneiland
2 Prinsengracht
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On the other side of the canal, on the corner of the Brewer’s Canal, is one of the oldest café’s in Amsterdam: café ‘Papeneiland’, established in 1641. In the 17th century, “Paap” was a common swearword for Catholics. ‘Papeneiland’ was a catholic café and it stood on a little island just outside the city. A secret tunnel was dug in the 17th century from the Posthorn church, under the canal, to the basement of the café. Through that tunnel, the Catholics could flee the city if there was trouble. If you ask the barman of that café nicely, he’ll take you to the basement and show you the entrance of that tunnel, which is still there. If you look back at the café from the other side of the bridge
One of the few café's on this canal that has a terrace on the waterside is "Molenpad" on nr 653. In the summer, many pleasure boats moor in front of the café. If requested, they can get their food and drinks delivered on board.
Molenpad
One of the few café's on this canal that has a terrace on the waterside is "Molenpad" on nr 653. In the summer, many pleasure boats moor in front of the café. If requested, they can get their food and drinks delivered on board.
Behind this section of Prinsengracht is the Leidseplein area, with hundreds of bars, restaurants, theatres and nightclubs the main entertainment area of the city. Staf and regulars of The Cave look more scary than they actually are - the atmosphere is friendly and welcoming to outsiders. Every once in a while even acoustic music is played.
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Leidseplein
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Behind this section of Prinsengracht is the Leidseplein area, with hundreds of bars, restaurants, theatres and nightclubs the main entertainment area of the city. Staf and regulars of The Cave look more scary than they actually are - the atmosphere is friendly and welcoming to outsiders. Every once in a while even acoustic music is played.
On the corner of Vijzelstraat and Prinsengracht you find a well known and very popular pub and restaurant, called "de fles" (The bottle) A typical old Amsterdam "brown Cafe", where the music is Blues and the bottles are with beer of many different kinds.
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Cafe Bistro de Fles BV
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On the corner of Vijzelstraat and Prinsengracht you find a well known and very popular pub and restaurant, called "de fles" (The bottle) A typical old Amsterdam "brown Cafe", where the music is Blues and the bottles are with beer of many different kinds.
Sightseeing
The reformation was of vital importance for Amsterdam. It ignited the city’s rapid growth in the 17th century. During the reformation, Catholics were thrown out of public office and out of their their churches and they were not allowed to exercise their religion openly anymore. So they built semi-clandestine hidden churches to practice their faith in. There were 14 of those churches in the city. Everybody knew about them, but they were tolerated as long as they didn’t come out in the open, just like everything always has been tolerated in Amsterdam. We have a long tradition there. One of the hiding churches was the Posthorn Church on nr. 7 on the right, it was only identified by a gablestone
B&B The Posthoorn Amsterdam
7 Prinsengracht
The reformation was of vital importance for Amsterdam. It ignited the city’s rapid growth in the 17th century. During the reformation, Catholics were thrown out of public office and out of their their churches and they were not allowed to exercise their religion openly anymore. So they built semi-clandestine hidden churches to practice their faith in. There were 14 of those churches in the city. Everybody knew about them, but they were tolerated as long as they didn’t come out in the open, just like everything always has been tolerated in Amsterdam. We have a long tradition there. One of the hiding churches was the Posthorn Church on nr. 7 on the right, it was only identified by a gablestone
Om the left side is the Noordermarkt (Northern Market) with the Northern Chuch, built only 2 years after the Western Church by the same architect: Hendrick de Keyser. The church was financed by the same rich merchants who had paid for the Western Church. But the merchants had intended the Western Church for their own use, the Northern Church was for people they preferred not to see in their fancy Western Church. Smelly people like fishermen and farmers and other poor folk. It took 13 years to build the Western Church, the Northern Church was finished in just two years.
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Noorderkerk
48 Noordermarkt
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Om the left side is the Noordermarkt (Northern Market) with the Northern Chuch, built only 2 years after the Western Church by the same architect: Hendrick de Keyser. The church was financed by the same rich merchants who had paid for the Western Church. But the merchants had intended the Western Church for their own use, the Northern Church was for people they preferred not to see in their fancy Western Church. Smelly people like fishermen and farmers and other poor folk. It took 13 years to build the Western Church, the Northern Church was finished in just two years.
The narrowest house in the city is on Singelcanal nr 7. That house is only 1m. (4ft.) wide. But the back of that house is 7m (20ft.) wide, so that was a good size house in a good location, and the owner didn’t have to pay too much tax. Our frugal reputation must come from that period. The builder of the narrowst house on the Prinsengracht had no such benefits. It is the house on the right with the white bay window on the seconds floor at nr. 245. The back of that house is hardly wider than the front, which is 1,4m. (5ft.) wide. Until recently, 3 families were living in that house, one each floor.
Narrowest facade Amsterdam
7 Singel
The narrowest house in the city is on Singelcanal nr 7. That house is only 1m. (4ft.) wide. But the back of that house is 7m (20ft.) wide, so that was a good size house in a good location, and the owner didn’t have to pay too much tax. Our frugal reputation must come from that period. The builder of the narrowst house on the Prinsengracht had no such benefits. It is the house on the right with the white bay window on the seconds floor at nr. 245. The back of that house is hardly wider than the front, which is 1,4m. (5ft.) wide. Until recently, 3 families were living in that house, one each floor.
The modern building on the next corner is the entrance to the Anne Frank Museum. One of the busiest museums in the country, with almost a million visitors each year. The third house at nr. 273 with the three green doors, is the actual house where Anne Frank was hidden during the war and where she wrote her famous diary.
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Μουσείο Άννας Φρανκ
263-267 Prinsengracht
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The modern building on the next corner is the entrance to the Anne Frank Museum. One of the busiest museums in the country, with almost a million visitors each year. The third house at nr. 273 with the three green doors, is the actual house where Anne Frank was hidden during the war and where she wrote her famous diary.
Amsterdam’s most famous church was built in1631 as one of the four first protestant churches that were built after the reformation from the Catholics. Our queen, Beatrix was married in this church in 1966, our most famous painter Rembrandt was buried here in 1667. Although he was famous in his lifetime, he died poor, so you will not find his grave in the church anymore. It was cleared after 20 years, because nobody wanted to pay for its maitainance.
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Westerkerk
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Amsterdam’s most famous church was built in1631 as one of the four first protestant churches that were built after the reformation from the Catholics. Our queen, Beatrix was married in this church in 1966, our most famous painter Rembrandt was buried here in 1667. Although he was famous in his lifetime, he died poor, so you will not find his grave in the church anymore. It was cleared after 20 years, because nobody wanted to pay for its maitainance.
If you want to see what it’s like to live on a houseboat, you can visit the Houseboat Museum on your left side just before the bridge. The owner was a teacher who eventually got so fed up with all the people asking him if they could see his beautiful boat, that he turned it into a museum. He used to live on the boat, but the museum is now open summer and winter. He has moved to the boat on the other side of the canal for a bit of privacy.
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Houseboat Museum
296K Prinsengracht
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If you want to see what it’s like to live on a houseboat, you can visit the Houseboat Museum on your left side just before the bridge. The owner was a teacher who eventually got so fed up with all the people asking him if they could see his beautiful boat, that he turned it into a museum. He used to live on the boat, but the museum is now open summer and winter. He has moved to the boat on the other side of the canal for a bit of privacy.
Where Prinsengracht crosses Reguliersgracht you can see the famous seven bridges. At night, the illuminations of the bridges give the impression of a tunnel, "the tunnel of love" as this view is also called. On the corner of these two canals, at the end of the 'tunnel', a midwife had her practice in the 17th century. A statue of a stork above the door is still visible as an early advertising sign of her business.
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Reguliersgracht
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Where Prinsengracht crosses Reguliersgracht you can see the famous seven bridges. At night, the illuminations of the bridges give the impression of a tunnel, "the tunnel of love" as this view is also called. On the corner of these two canals, at the end of the 'tunnel', a midwife had her practice in the 17th century. A statue of a stork above the door is still visible as an early advertising sign of her business.