Jordaan District – Amsterdam

Want to combine history with sightseeing in Amsterdam? Then the Jordaan neighborhood is a must-see for you!

What used to be one of the less attractive areas in Amsterdam is now considered to be one of the hippest places to visit. The Jordaan Quarter in central Amsterdam is home to a multicultural community and is dotted with shops, restaurants, brown cafes and art galleries. With its narrow streets, little canals and big concentration of hofjes (inner courtyards), its a wonderful neighborhood to take a stroll in and to explore on foot: visit top attractions and discover hidden gems…

These picturesque courtyards with restored houses and peaceful gardens are one of the reasons, that the Jordaan district in Amsterdam is so special. Don’t miss your chance to see them, when you’re in the area! In the past, poor and elderly women used to live in the hofjes, that were built by rich people as some kind of charity. Now there’s usually students, artists or older people living there. Pay attention that not all of these courtyards are open for public, and if you are allowed to have a look, don’t be too loud as not to disturb the peace.

Get to know the Jordaan District in Amsterdam

The Jordaan used to be a poor working-class neighborhood and you can still see this when looking at the historical stone tablets on lots of door facades, that are displaying the profession or family sign of the people that used to live there. Some date back to the 16th century! A pair of scissors could indicate that a tailor used to live there, and a pig means that the former inhabitant was a butcher.

Many artists and writers have lived in the Jordaan, the most famous of all is probably Rembrandt van Rijn. Rembrandt is a 17th century painter of many masterpieces among which the “Nightwatch”- this painting can be admired in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The last few years of his life, Rembrandt lived in poverty on the Rozengracht, one of the canals in the neighborhood that has been filled in the 19th century. He was buried in the Westerkerk (West Church) in the Jordaan, in an unmarked grave.

Another famous inhabitant of the Jordaan was Anne Frank. The house where the Jewish girl was hiding with her parents during the second world war is a popular tourist attraction: the Anne Frank House. Here, at the Prinsengracht, she wrote in her daily life and troubles in her diary, until they were discovered and deported… The original diary is on display in the museum.

Make the most of your time in the Jordaan, by joining one of the many tours to visit the top attractions in the district like the Noorderkerk (North Church), the courtyards with their little houses open to the public, the Anne Frank House and many more historic buildings. Check the rest of our free Amsterdam travel guides to get more offers and details on tours in this district and information about many other top attractions in the city.

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