Jordaan & the West

Adjacent to the Westerpark, this late-19th-century Dutch Renaissance complex was the city's western gasworks until gas production ceased in 1967. The formerly polluted site underwent a major clean-up before it re-emerged as a cultural and recreational park, with lush lawns, a long wading pool and cycleways. Its post-industrial buildings now house creative spaces including advertising agencies and TV production studios, as well as regular festivals and events, plus a slew of dining, drinking and entertainment options.

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Nearby Jordaan & the West attractions

1. Westerpark

0.23 MILES

Eco-urban Westerpark – with grassy expanses of lawns (packed in summer with picnickers, sun worshippers and families), tree-shaded walkways and cycleways,…

2. Museum Het Schip

0.26 MILES

Just north of Westerpark over the train tracks, this remarkable 1921-completed housing project is a flagship of the Amsterdam School of architecture…

3. Haarlemmerpoort

0.45 MILES

Once a defensive gateway to the city, the Haarlemmerpoort marked the start of the journey to Haarlem, which was a major trading route. The neoclassical…

4. Drieharingenbrug

0.62 MILES

This narrow bridge links the Western Islands of Prinseneiland and Realeneiland. It's a quaint replacement for the pontoon that used to be pulled aside to…

5. Brouwersgracht

0.62 MILES

Pretty as a Golden Age painting, the Brewers Canal took its name from the many breweries located here in the 16th and 17th centuries. Goods such as…

6. Pianola Museum


This is a very special place, crammed with pianolas from the early 1900s. The museum has around 50, although only a dozen are on display at any given time…

7. Noorderkerk

0.73 MILES

Near the Prinsengracht's northern end, this imposing Calvinist church was completed in 1623 for the 'common' people in the Jordaan. (The upper classes…

8. KochxBos

0.73 MILES

A converted apartment living room now houses this art gallery displaying contemporary underground (aka North European low-brow or pop surrealism)…