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De Pijp Neighborhood Walking Tour

Heineken Experience, Cuypstraat Market, Sarphatipark, Amsterdam School architecture and more
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.6 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview:  Discover Amsterdam's Pijp (pronounced Pipe) neighborhood. You will learn about Amsterdam's pre-WWII diamond industry, the history of... more »

Tips:  The Pijp neighborhood is south of Amsterdam's city center. It is approximately two miles from Dam Square to the start of the guide.... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Gnome House

We start our tour of the Pijp (pronounced Pipe) neighborhood on Ceintuurbaan near the intersection with Amsteldijk. See "Tips" to learn how to get to the starting point by public transport.

Our starting point is a curiosity rather than a point of historical interest. As you stand on the south side of the busy Ceintuurbaan find house No. 251... More

2. Polder House

The walk to our next POI takes us a couple hundred yards along the Amstel River. You may wonder why the little nondescript house at Rustenburgerstraat 8 is included in this tour. This is one of the few remaining examples of a polder house in the Pijp, and it speaks to the neighborhood's history.

A polder is a piece of lowland that has been... More

The Pijp used to be part of a separate township, independent from Amsterdam, named Nieuwer-Amstel. The building at the corner of Amsteldijk and Tolstraat was completed in 1892 and was once the town hall of Nieuwer-Amstel.

Due to the availability of open space and lower taxes compared to Amsterdam, the township grew rapidly from the mid-19th... More

4. Diamantbuurt

This stop is actually a district within the Pijp. It is known as Diamantbuurt, or the diamond district. From the late 1800s until WWII this area was the hub of Amsterdam's world-class diamond industry.

At the GPS location for POI No. 4 you are standing in front of the former headquarters of the Royal Asscher Diamond Co., which was founded in 1854... More

5. Dageraadcomplex (Amsterdam School architecture)

This POI is a working-class residential complex within the Pijp neighborhood. This area is known as the Dageraadcomplex and was built in 1923. This complex is an excellent example of the Amsterdam School architectural style, which arose around 1910 and was popular and influential for two decades.

In the Dagraadcomplex you can clearly see how... More


Sarphatipark opened in 1886 and lies in the center of the Pijp. Prior to its opening there were plans to build the Amsterdam Central Station at this spot, which would have made this area the transportation hub of the city.

Sarphatipark is named after Samuel Sarphati. Sarphati was a doctor, an architect and a man who showed great concern for the ... More

The Albert Cuypstraat Market is the largest outdoor market in the Netherlands. The market began in 1904, shortly after the expansion of the city was completed. The street is named after Albert Cuyp, a famous 17th century landscape painter. Anything from fresh fruit to bicycles to clothing can be purchased here at reasonable prices.

A good place... More

Our tour ends at the Pijp's most famous and durable enterprise: the Heineken brewery. Located at Stadhouderskade 78, the first Heineken beer was brewed near this spot on Jan. 22, 1868, by founder Gerard Adrianus Heineken. Heineken hasn't been brewed here since 1988, when the company's growth forced its operations to southern Dutch towns of Den... More