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The North of Amsterdam is the area north of the river IJ. It is residential district, and with about 86,000 inhabitants, it has the size of a medium-sized city (and it is growing at a rapid pace — three new neighborhoods are currently in construction). This district has remained well off the radar among tourists visiting Amsterdam, so amenities are not well-developed. It looks strikingly different from the city center, so get in with an open mind. Yet, there is more to see than you might think. The ferry to it in itself is a breeze, crossing the river IJ and showing the urban landscape of the North. Get off at the NDSM shipyard, that functioned as a shipyard as recently as the 1980s, but now boasts a lively art scene. Urban culture comes alive in its large skate park. Then patch up your bicycle, and ride it through the rural farmland in the east. The picturesque villages Ransdorp and Zunderdorp are favorites among the locals for their traditional Dutch farmhouses.

Understand

Get in

The north lies fairly isolated from the rest of Amsterdam, but luckily, there are three free GVB ferrys from Central Station in the Old Center, one of them 24h a day. Instead of just being a way to get in, the ferry ride is an attraction in itself. It gives a great view over the urban harbor-front, and shows the diversity of the north's residents. Large signs show when the next boat is departing, and when it does, expect masses of locals getting on with their bicycles. Getting on just before the boat leaves seems to have turned into a sport here. You can take off at different piers, the NDSM shipyard being the most notable. If you want to do some further exploring, be sure to bring a bicycle and a decent map. Cars and motorbikes can also use two tunnels and on the east side of the city North is connected by a bridge for cars, bikes and pedestrians.

See

  • D'Admiraal (1792), Noordhollandschkanaaldijk 21. Windmill on the bank of the Noordhollands Kanaal. It's not open to the public.
  • Vogeldorp, around Lange Vogelstraat. "Bird village" was built in 1918 and 1919 because of a big lack of houses and were ment to be used for only 35 years. Though they're very small, the inhabitants love living here and never wanted to leave, so the city decided to keep and restaurate the houses. Nowadays you can still enjoy this special Amsterdam architecture.


Do

Bike around the Waterland area. This is the beautiful polder landscape just north from the city. It includes nice small villages like Holysloot, Durgerdam and Ransdorp. The former Zuiderzee, which is nowadays a lake called Markermeer, is at the eastside of this area. You've got a gorgeous sight from the dyke that protects the land from flooding.

  • Sailing School of Amsterdam, Durgerdammerdijk t/o 9 (Just before you get to Durgerdam, behind the dyke), +31 20 637 1515, [1]. 10am-10pm. The Sailing School of Amsterdam is a sail training centre and boat rental. They rent out open sailing boats and sailing yachts for just a few hours up to a week. Sailing courses by English speaking instructors available. from EUR 40. (52.374228,4.983330)

Buy

Eat

Drink

  • Noorderlicht, NDSM Plein 102, 020-4922770, [2]. Awesome cafe and so much more on the NDSM plein. Great place to go in the summer when they have live music and a large outdoor area with campfire. EUR 10-15.

Sleep

Contact

The 'TOP of Amsterdam' foundation maintains a website with all the travel providers, funded by the council and maintained by the companies themselves. They can help you with advice via their contact page.

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