Discover a vibrant, inspiring and spacious side of Amsterdam, just across the River IJ. The area of Amsterdam North and Waterfront has the best of both worlds: vast green expanses & charming little villages plus some of the city's most cutting-edge architecture, experimental festivals, artist ateliers and stylish water-side eateries.

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.

Rural chic

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.

Winkelcentrum Boven 't Y

  • shopping district or mall
  • north & waterfront

Holyboot

  • boat
  • north & waterfront

Holyboot

north & waterfront

Camping Vliegenbos

  • campsite
  • north & waterfront

Camping Vliegenbos

north & waterfront

Camping De Badhoeve

  • campsite
  • north & waterfront

Camping De Badhoeve

north & waterfront

La Remise B&B

  • bed & breakfast
  • north & waterfront

La Remise B&B

north & waterfront

NH Galaxy

  • 4-star hotel
  • north & waterfront

NH Galaxy

north & waterfront

3D Print Canal House

  • architecture
  • north & waterfront

3D Print Canal House

north & waterfront

Holyboot

  • boat
  • north & waterfront

Holyboot

north & waterfront

Holyboot

  • boat
  • north & waterfront

Holyboot

north & waterfront

NDSM Wharf

  • culture
  • north & waterfront

NDSM Wharf

north & waterfront