Golden Age Walk

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.


Programme: Golden Age Walk

  •  Expla­na­tions about the city his­to­ry of Ams­ter­dam: ori­gins, Gold­en Age, indus­tri­al­izia­tion, recent developments
  • Chi­na­town and Red­light District
  • Dam Square
  • Canal area, with expla­na­tions about the urban lay­out, cre­ation of the canals, water man­age­ment, archi­tec­ture of canal houses
  • Jor­daan quar­ter, incl. vis­it to sev­er­al hid­den ‘hof­jes’: his­toric court­yards with hous­ing for the elder­ly (week­days only)

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