AMSTERDAM CITY GUIDE

Amsterdam is known to most travelers for its charming, historic canals, compact, intimate streets and world-class cycling network. Despite its historic roots, Amsterdam is one of the most forward-looking cities in the world when it comes to urbanism and land use planning. Space constraints coupled with a rapidly increasing population have put Amsterdam in a position to continuously experiment, innovate and modernize. 

ENTREPOTDOK
ENTREPOTDOK

EASTERN DOCKLANDS Entrepotdok is a former, warehouse district that underwent a significant restoration in the 1980s and 90s - the largest in Europe at that time. Today, it is a quiet enclave of market and social residential housing and office buildings located in historic, restored warehouses. The Entrepodok development has been acclaimed as the project that unlocked the renewal of Amsterdam's Eastern Docklands. Read more below...

PLANTAGE MIDDENLAAN
PLANTAGE MIDDENLAAN

WEESPERBUURT & DE PLANTAGE This is an example of what the Dutch call "Woonerf" - a road section where people-centered functions (walking, playing and meeting) are prioritized over traffic functions. Read more below...

CANAL DISTRICT
CANAL DISTRICT

CITY CENTRE Read more below...

HAARLEMMERDIIJK
HAARLEMMERDIIJK

HAARLEMERBUURT Read more below...

AMSTERDAM Stats

 

  • Population: 850,000

  • Population of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area: 2.4 million

  • Population of the Randstad (an urban conurbation made up of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht): 7,100,000

  • Population density: 5,135 people/km2

  • The City of Amsterdam owns about 80% of the land within the city and administers land through a ground lease system

  • Over 665,000 bike trips are made in Amsterdam every single day

SITES TO SEE

 

The Amsterdam City Guide features a selection of the countless city building projects across the city. It covers the development of canal rings and some of the adjacent neighbourhoods like Oud West and De Pijp. It also covers development on Amsterdam's many repurposed docklands and obsolete port areas.

on-the-ground tours

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Year published: 2018