The historical centre of Amsterdam is a UNESCO world heritage site and counts no less than 9000 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, the architecture of canal houses and water management strategies. But you’ll also find out about recent developments on the Amsterdam housing market, real estate prices, municipal rental regulations and measures taken against over-tourism.
Explanations about the origin of the city, historical background, layout of the first canals
Current topics: Red light politics and overtourism
City extension from the 17th century
Explanations about urban planning, creation of the canal ring, architecture of the canal houses.
Current topics: Transformation, renovation and real estate prices
Former poorhouse of Amsterdam, now a highly sought after residential area
Current topics: Urban renewal and gentrification