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Category: Old City Center

Begijnhof – Amsterdam Beguinage

Founded sometime in the 14th century for the Beguines, members of a lay Catholic sisterhood, the Begijnhof is one of Amsterdam’s oldest inner courtyards — and one of the city’s best known landmarks.

Even taking into account the effects of mass tourism, the Begijnhof remains for the most part a haven of peace and tranquility in the busy center of medieval Amsterdam.

Damrak – The Red Carpet into Amsterdam

Damrak is the main street that leads from Amsterdam Central Station, where most tourists arrive, to Dam square in the center of the medieval town.

This lively street, lined with centuries-old monuments, so-so bars, and gaudy souvenir shops, Damrak — which is in the middle of a makeover — offer a preview of what Amsterdam has to offer.

Rembrandtplein to get a new look

Rembrandtplein Amsterdam redesign Rembrandtplein, one of Amsterdam’s favorite centers of nightlife, is getting a makeover.

When finished the square — named after Holland’s most famous painter — will be safer, cleaner and much more beautiful.

The €3.5 million make-over project is scheduled for completion by December, 2009.

Oudezijds Kolk, one of Amsterdam’s last sluices dating to the Middle Ages

Oudezijds Kolk The Oudezijds Kolk is a narrow sluice that runs from the Oosterdok — the water to the north of Prins Hendrikkade — to the Oudezijds Voorburgwal, in one of the oldest parts of Amsterdam.

While even many Amsterdam locals don’t know what ‘Oudezijds Kolk’ actually means, understanding the name of this narrow canal will give you more insight into the life and history of old Amsterdam.