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Centrum - Oost, de Plantage

This part of the city is characterised by the tree-lined Plantage area containing world-renowned Artis Zoo and the former Jewish quarter. In fact, Amsterdam's nickname “Mokum” is taken from the Hebrew word for "place”. The city’s first Jewish immigrants settled down in the area surrounding Waterlooplein Square in the early 17th century. They encountered a cultural climate of religious tolerance and built large synagogues, as well as Jewish libraries, hospitals and homes for the elderly.

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Gebouw Plancius (building)

Once home to the Jewish Practice Makes Perfect Choral Society, directed by conductor Aron Berlijn (1817-1870), this neo-classical building was funded ...

Rembrandt van Rijn

This is where the house stood in which Rembrandt van Rijn (1609-1669) lived and worked from 1635 to 1638. One of the paintings he produced here was ‘D...

Lucebert

The poet and painter Lucebert (Lubertus Swaanswijk, 1924-1994), head of the poet’s group known as the ‘Vijftigers’, lived here from 1952 to 1953. The ...

Andries de Graeff

This house, ‘De Keyzershoedt’ (The Emperor’s hat), was the birthplace of Andries de Graeff (1611-1678), mayor of Amsterdam, art collector and patron o...

Cornelis Ketel

This is where the painter Cornelis Ketel (1548-1616) lived and worked. Well-known for his group portraits of the Amsterdam Home Guard, he paved the wa...

Wertheimpark

This oldest park in Amsterdam was opened to the public in 1812. The section where the sports fields are currently located initially accommodated the P...

Elizabeth van Oostenrijk

The empress Elisabeth of Austria, nicknamed ‘Sisi’, was a guest at the Doelen Hotel in 1884 and 1886. The hotel was built in 1883 on the site of the K...

Salomon Verbeeck

The musician Salomon Verbeeck (1632-1685), city carillonist in the Oude Kerk Tower, lived here from 1666 until his death. Vondel dedicated his poem ‘O...