Eastern city center and Amstel river
Eastern city center: a bit off the beaten track, yet very worthwhile
This route combines the Amstel River and a very attractive part of the eastern city center. This route is less crowded than the other city center route that we recommend. Not because this route is dull! The relatively quiet but scenic Plantage area and the impressive Oosterdok with some well-known land marks are definitely rewarding, as is the most interesting part of the Amstel river. Without any breaks this route takes about 2,5 hours.
This route on a map
This route is indicated on a large laminated map that we provide. A basic preview of the route is also available on Google Maps below.
Where does this route take me?
This route starts on the Amstelkanaal and the Amstel river towards the city center. After the impressive Amstel Hotel and the Royal Carré Theatre, you will turn right (eastwards) into the Plantage area. After the Hortus Botanicus and the University of Amsterdam you will pass the Artis Zoo. With a little luck you might spot some giraffes or zebras. Opposite the zoo is the marvelous Entrepotdok. Scattered around the relatively open Oosterdok are (among others) the Maritime Museum, Nemo (science museum), a replicated VOC-ship, and the new central library. The loop back to the Amstel river continues with the Montelbaans Tower, the Waterloo Square and the Stopera (town hall/opera house). The last loop before heading back to our dock will take you to the Dutch National Bank, the Heineken Experience, the Rijksmuseum, a small red light district and the ‘Pijp’ neighborhood.