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Jordaan Neighborhood Walking Tour

Hidden courtyards, cozy cafes, beautiful canals and 17th/18th century architecture
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.5 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview:  Take a leisurely walk through Amsterdam's most beautiful and storied residential neighborhood—the Jordaan (pronounced Your-Dahn). This... more »

Tips:  There are four hidden courtyards, or hofjes (pronounced hof-yes), on this tour. The courtyards were originally built by churches,... more »

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Points of Interest

Our Jordaan (pronounced Your-Dahn) neighborhood tour starts at the iconic Westerkerk (West Church), which opened in 1631. Its most famous permanent resident is the Dutch master painter Rembrandt van Rijn who was buried in a pauper's grave here in 1669.

At 279 feet, the Westerkerk tower looks over Jordaan like a protective grandparent. While it... More

The buildings surrounding the courtyard housed a brewery until the late 18th century; the courtyard's namesake converted them into alms houses in 1804. Today the houses are occupied by elderly Catholic women.

Hofje van Brienen is open Monday-Friday 6am-6pm and Saturday 6am-2pm.

As you leave Hofje van Brienen follow the GPS path north along... More

Noorderkerk opened in 1623 for the residents of the Jordaan. Its plain exterior matches the traditionally working-class parishioners. Outside the main entrance notice the sculpture of three figures bound together with the inscription "Eenheid de sterkste keten," which loosely translates to "The strongest chains are those of unity." The statue... More

This is a great place to break to enjoy a Dutch treat. Appeltaart (apple pie) is a Dutch specialty and as any Jordaan resident will attest, Cafe Winkel serves up the best appeltaart in Amsterdam. Get it "met slaagroom" (with whipped cream) for the ultimate experience. The apples used in Cafe Winkel's appeltaart are picked from an orchard in north ... More

Follow the GPS map through cute residential streets Boomstraat and Karthuizersstraat. After turning the corner onto Karthuizersstraat notice the black building on the left with five "neck" gables. The first has the date of construction (1737), followed by the four seasons: spring, summer, fall, winter. This is an excellent example of 18th century ... More

The small Claes Claeszoon Hofje consists of three inner courtyards. The first garden has a fountain with a lion's head and above the roof is a statue of Maria. These courtyards date to 1626 and are always open to the public.

Address: Egelantiersdwarsstraat 1-5.

7. Cafe 't Smalle

Although you may have just had some appeltaart at Cafe Winkel, it's hard to pass by the cute canal-side Cafe 't Smalle. If the weather is cooperating you can enjoy a coffee or beer on the terrace, which sits right on the picturesque Egelantiersgracht.

Cafe 't Smalle is where Pieter Hoppe began his gin distillery in 1786. Hoppe is a famous brand... More

At Egelantiersgracht 107-145 you will find a peaceful courtyard named after St. Andrew. Push hard on the door to open. Take a seat on one of the benches and take in the stillness.
Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm

9. De Drie Hendricken Huis (The Three Hendricks House)

After leaving Sint-Andrieshof continue south on Tweede Leliedwarsstraat until you come to Bloemgracht. Turn right and follow what is arguably the most beautiful canal in Jordaan. Enjoy its many rich facades and well-maintained canal houses.

The house at Nos. 87-91 (on the south side of the canal) date back to 1642 and are an excellent example of... More

This square is named after 20th century Dutch folk singer Johannes Hendricus van Musscher, whose stage name was Johnny Jordaan. He is known for singing folk songs about Amsterdam in general and Jordaan in particular. His statue in this square is joined by statues of fellow musicians Tante Leen, Manke Nelis and Johnny Meyer. The music that this... More

Directly across the street from Johnny Jordaanplein is a canal houseboat that has been converted into a museum. While the museum is small, it does offer insight into the life of those Jordaan residents who call a houseboat home.

Interesting fact: The city of Amsterdam still does not regulate sewage from houseboats. Seventy percent of Amsterdam's ... More