Category: Old City Center

Amsterdam’s medieval city center has two parts — and old side, and a new side.

Interestingly, the New Side is actually slightly older than the Old Side.

The Old Side (Oude Zijde) includes the city’s world famous Red Light District.

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.