The iconic 'Skinny Bridge' is the site of many a Dutch wedding photo. Dating from the 1670s, the nine-arched structure has been rebuilt...
Koninklijk Theater Carré
This esteemed theatre was built in 1887 by the Carré family, who had started their career years earlier with a horse act at the annual...
Coffee & Jazz
This tiny eatery, with just a handful of tables and mellow jazz playing in the background, is run by an eccentric Dutchman and his...
Amstel river, near Koninklijk Theater Carré · interesting places nearby
These impressive sluices, or locks, date from 1674 and allowed the canals to be flushed with fresh water from lakes north of the city, rather than salt water from the IJ, an innovation that made the city more liveable. The locks were still operated by hand until a couple of decades ago.
The locks are regularly shut while fresh water flows in, while the sluices on the western side of the city are left open as the stagnant water is pumped out to sea.