The perfect day out for art lovers. This route takes you past places that were important to Rembrandt during his lifetime and became significant after his death. You can visit his last house, the places where he painted his famous works and churches that were very important to him. The icing on the cake is a visit to the Rijksmuseum where you can admire his most famous painting, The Night Watch. Find everything you need to know about the Rembrandt year here.
Start the Rembrandt Route here.
Walk straight ahead towards the city, stay on the left side of the street. Cross the street and continue on the bridge towards Pancakes Amsterdam. Turn onto the Nieuwerburgsteeg and follow the bend round to Oudezijds Voorburgwal. Continue walking for about 2 minutes until you see the Oude Kerk on your right-hand side.
Rembrandt married Saskia in this church and she was later buried here.
De Waag was first a city gate and later became a guildhall and an anatomical theatre.
The Trip brothers lived in this house. Rembrandt painted their parents around 1661.
Continue to walk down the Kloveniersburgwal and take the first street on your left, the Nieuwehoogstraat. Walk straight ahead and turn right after the Nieuwmarkt metro station. You will see a white gate on the right, go through the gate and the Zuiderkerk will be in front of you.
Rembrandt and Saskia buried three of their children here. Their fourth child, Titus, was baptised here.
Walk back to the white gate, turn right onto Nieuwehoogstraat and right again into Sint Antoniebreestraat. Cross over the bridge and you will see the Rembrandt House Museum on your right.
This is the expensive house where Rembrandt lived between 1639 and 1658.
Walk along the Zwanenburgwal to the edge of Waterlooplein and turn left and walk straight ahead to the Mr. Visserplein. Turn right and cross the street at the traffic lights. Walk towards the Weesperstraat and turn right into Nieuwe Amstelstraat where you will find the entrance to the Jewish Historical Museum.
You will find a unique exhibition with St. Peter in Prison as the centrepiece here.
With the museum on your left walk straight ahead and turn left onto the Blauwbrug. Stand in the middle of the bridge and look towards the south.
Rembrandt drew the heart of the city, the Amstel, from this bridge.
After you cross the bridge, turn left onto the Amstel. Cross over the Herengracht and walk straight on. The Six Family House is at number 218 on the right-hand side.
In 1654, Rembrandt painted a portrait of Jan Six which is still owned by the family.
Walk back a little and take the first left onto the Herengracht. Walk along the Herengracht until you reach Vijzelstraat. Turn left onto Vijzelstraat and across the street you will see the entrance to the City Archives.
Official deeds and documents are preserved here - including those of Rembrandt.
When you leave Amsterdam City Archives turn left onto the Vijzelstraat and walk until you reach Reguliersdwarsstraat. Cross Vijzelstraat and turn right into Reguliersdwarsstraat and walk towards Rembrandtplein. You will find statues of The Night Watch and a statue of Rembrandt van Rijn in this square.
Take a picture of yourself with Rembrandt on this square. It’s only a statue, but that’s ok!
Walk to café Los, then turn right into Halvemaansteeg. When you come to the end of the alley, walk across Halvemaansbrug (Half Moon Bridge) on the opposite side and walk along the Kloveniersburgwal to Staalstraat. Turn right onto Staalstraat and walk to number 7 to see the house where the drapers worked.
This house was where the masters of the Drapers Guild worked, from Rembrandt's painting of the same name.
This was formerly the 'clubhouse' used by the militia of the Night Watch.
Continue walking on Nieuwe Doelenstraat and turn right onto Oude Turfmarkt just before the bridge. Walk along to the Equestrian statue of Queen Wilhelmina. Turn left and cross the Rokin walking towards Spui. At the far end of Spui you’ll come to Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal (the American Book Centre is on the corner). Turn right here and walk until you come to a small triangle-shaped square.
This is where Rembrandt drew View of the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal.
Continue walking in a northerly direction along the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal until you come to the Royal Palace on Dam Square on your right.
Rembrandt painted his largest work here: The Conspiracy of Claudius Civilis.
From behind the Royal Palace turn left at the Magna Plaza onto the Raadhuisstraat. Walk until you reach the Herengracht and cross the bridge and turn right. Walk along the Herengracht to number 170 where you will find the Bartolotti House Museum.
Frederik Rihel worked here. He was the subject of an impressive equestrian portrait by Rembrandt.
Rembrandt and his wife Hendrickje are buried here.
This is the last house in which Rembrandt lived.
From here walk to the tram stop on Marnixstraat. Take tram 5 to the Museumplein where you’ll find the Rijksmuseum, the perfect end to your tour.
The most important collection of Rembrandt’s paintings can be seen in the Rijksmuseum, including The Night Watch.
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