The historical centre of Amsterdam is a UNESCO world heritage site and counts no less than 8500 listed monuments. The decisive period in its development was the Golden Age of the Netherlands.
From its origins as a fisherman’s village in the 12th century, Amsterdam developed into an important harbour town and then became one of the most prominent cities in Europe. This development is still visible in the city fabric today. Take a chronological walk from the very first harbour to the medieval part of town and the baroque canal area, finishing in the village-like Jordaan quarter with its hidden courtyards.
On this tour we show you the old town of Amsterdam from an architect’s perspective, informing you about historical urban design and the architecture of canal houses, but also about recent developments and real estate prices. Current topics like density and overtourism are also addressed.