Nature and culture in the heart of Amsterdam

Strolling along the quiet boulevard-esque streets of Plantage is a real pleasure as it’s a unique district where the city and nature consistently cross each other’s paths. As well as the Artis Royal Zoo, the Hortus Botanical Gardens and the small but beautiful Wertheimpark, the Plantage also encompasses the former Jewish Quarter, which bears testimony to the horrors of the Second World War. Those who want to learn about (Jewish) wartime Amsterdam can do so at the Joods Historisch Museum (Jewish Historical Museum) and the Verzetsmuseum (Resistance Museum).

Amsterdam east Artis, Edwin van Eis

These days, culture reigns supreme here, and you’ll find 18 cultural centres of excellence within a stone’s throw of each other. From the most beautiful theatres such as Carré and the Dutch National Opera & Ballet, to great museums such as the Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House) and the Micropia (museum of micro-organisms), where you will discover how many microbes are exchanged during a French kiss.

Did you know? Waterlooplein (with its famous daily flea market) is named after the Battle of Waterloo, as a tribute to the fallen heroes who defeated Napoleon there in 1815.