In the 17th century the 'Herengracht of the Jordaan', as the Bloemgracht was called, was home to paint and sugar factories, and a large number of fine gabled houses, such as the Renaissance-style De Drie Hendricken. Many artists also lived on Bloemgracht, including Jurriaan Andriessen, whose work is displayed in the Rijksmuseum.

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1. Electric Ladyland

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The world's first museum of fluorescent art features owner Nick Padalino's psychedelic sculpture work on one side and cases of naturally luminescent rocks…

2. De Drie Hendricken

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One of the most striking houses on the 17th-century Bloemgracht, De Drie Hendricken was built in a sober Renaissance style. The gable stones above the…

3. Egelantiersgracht


Many parts of the Jordaan are named after trees and flowers, and this canal, lined by lovely houses built for artisans and skilled traders, takes its name…

4. Westerkerk

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The main gathering place for Amsterdam's Dutch Reformed community, this church was built for rich Protestants to a 1620 design by Hendrick de Keyser. The…

5. Westerkerk Bell Tower

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The bell tower of the Westerkerk is famously topped by the blue imperial crown that Habsburg emperor Maximilian I bestowed on the city for its coat of…

6. Anne Frank Huis

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Visiting the Anne Frank Huis is one of Amsterdam's most profound experiences. Tragically, of the 107,000 Jewish adults and children deported from the…

7. Homomonument

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Behind the Westerkerk, this 1987-installed cluster of three 10m by 10m by 10m granite triangles recalls persecution by the Nazis, who forced gay men to…

8. Amsterdam Tulip Museum

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Allow around half an hour at this diminutive museum, which offers an overview of the history of the country's favourite bloom. Through exhibits, timelines…