Former shipyard turned cultural hotspot
To explore the area of Amsterdam North (Noord) and the Waterfront, take a free GVB ferry behind Amsterdam Central Station. These run every few minutes and carry people, bikes and scooters. First stop will be the NDSM Wharf. Until the 1980s there was a shipyard here; nowadays the warehouses are a mix of artist studios, and young creative initiatives & events and trendy offices like music channel MTV headquarters.
In what seems like direct contrast to the cutting-edge vibe, this area also has loads of lovely little villages that are ideal for exploring on foot, by bicycle or by water. Historic villages like Nieuwendam, Ransdorp and Zunderdorp have authentic ‘stolpboerderijen’ (traditional Dutch farmhouses built in the shape of a cheese-cover), wooden houses, locks and impressive views. Be sure to stop off at the cafés and restaurants along the way.