Click on the map or the links for more information about the various locations along the route.

Green Route -  1 hour

Green & Yellow Route: 1.5 hour


Green 1: Westerkerk and Westertower

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The Westerkerk and the iconic Westertoren form an architectural masterpiece. The Westerkerk has impressive interiors and a rich history. The accompanying Westertoren is 87 meters high making it the tallest church tower in the city. Its chimes can be heard daily through the streets of the city.


Green 2: Brewery Rode Hert
This brewery, once located Prinsengracht 353 to 357, and recognizable by the medallions with a deer, was the first in Amsterdam that did not use canal water to brew beer. Fortunately, many breweries then followed this example.


Green 3: Gateway
The entrance gate at Keizersgracht 384 was designed by the architect Jacob van Campen who also designed the palace located on the Dam square. The first municipal theatre was located here, it is now a luxury hotel.


Green 4: Felix Meritis

Felix Meritis, which is located at the Keizersgracht 324, was founded in the 18th century as a society for the free practice of arts and science. Famous musicians such as Schuman and Brahm performed here.


Green 5: Van den Hoop
At the Keizersgracht no. 209 you can view a monumental facade displaying a female figure standing with an anchor. The woman is the embodiment of the surname ‘Van den Hoop’ (of Hope) which the house is named after.

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Green 6: - House with the Heads
On the Keizersgracht 123 you can view the House with the Heads, dating from 1626. According to legend, the brave handmaid of the lord chopped the heads off of 6 burglars.


Green 7: Brouwersgracht
The Brouwersgracht is named after the many breweries that were located here. Beer used to be much healthier than polluted water, so everyone from young to old drank beer


Green 8: Noorderkerk and Noordermarkt

The Protestant Noorderkerk, from 1623, was built to a design by 17th century master builder Hendrick de Keyser. Although the church looks quite simple, its floor plan is shaped like an octagon.


Green 9: Anne Frank House

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On Prinsengracht no. 263, you will see the Anne Frank House. This is where Anne Frank was hiding in the secret annex during World War II. She wrote her famous diary there.

Fun facts Amsterdam

Living in the Canal belt


Amsterdam was the richest city in the world because of trade during the Golden Age, from 1575 to 1675. The lower you lived on the map of the city the lower your status was. In other words, the closer to the heart (the Dam) the richer, the closer to the defensive wall the poorer.


The Herengracht was for the richest (merchants/regents of e.g. VOC/WIC), a circle lower Keizersgracht for the middle class like bankers and Prinsengracht for lower merchants and warehouses/industry and then the Jordaan for the poorest (immigrants and workers).


Bicycle flat 

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Next to Central Station is the most famous bicycle shed in the city. It can hold as many as 2500 bicycles.


Bikes in the canals

Annually, an average of 15,000 bicycles end up in the canals, of which the municipality manages to fish out less than a third.


Red Light District

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The Red Light District is the most famous red light district in the world.


The history of the area dates back to the 14th century. Back then, Amsterdam was one of Europe’s most important trade centers. The harbor was very close, there were many sailors – these are the main reasons why prostitution actually started. Amsterdam quickly became a magnet for the oldest profession in the world


Currently there are just under 300 windows left and a number of brothels, sex stores and sex theaters. There are also many cafes and bars in the area, and of course coffee shops.


Safe neighborhood

Prostitution is legal and brothels are regulated. Police walk around regularly for safety, and many streets have security cameras, making this one of the safest neighborhoods in Amsterdam.


Besides all the entertainment, it is also a neighborhood where many people live, study and work. 


Blue Lights

Most of the lights you will encounter are red, however, you will also find a blue light here and there. Under these lights are transgenders.

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