The red-shuttered Greenland Warehouses were built in 1620. Whale oil was a sought-after ingredient for soap, lamp oil and paint, and...
Near the Prinsengracht's northern end, this imposing Calvinist church was completed in 1623 for the 'common' people in the Jordaan. (The...
The Noorderkerk (Northern Church) hosts a well-regarded Saturday afternoon concert series.
This sprawling, indoor-outdoor space is great for people-watching, popular for coffees and small meals, and out-of-the-park for its...
Prinsengracht 85-133 · interesting places nearby
Van Brienenhofje information
This charming courtyard (aka hofje ) was named in the late 18th century for Jan van Brienen, who bought the Star Brewery located here, one of 13 breweries in town at the time. (The place is still called De Star Hofje by many.)
It was turned into an almshouse for older residents, who had a clear division of labour: the women cleaned house for the single men, who in turn toted water buckets from the outside pump (topped by a curious lantern). Hours can vary.