Architecture

Amsterdam is best known for its luxurious canal houses and charming gabled facades, but the city has enough architectural treasures to keep design lovers busy for weeks. From windmills and drawbridges to the Amsterdam School and cutting-edge modern design, learn the stories behind Amsterdam’s most memorable structures.

Buildings, places & profiles

Het Schip

Het Schip housing complex is a world-famous example of the Amsterdam School. Characteristic of this Dutch architectural style from the beginning of th...

Weird and wonderful houses

From the narrowest house in the world to a house with many heads, there are many weird and wonderful buildings to explore in Amsterdam. Read on to fin...

Repurposed buildings

Amsterdam is filled with magnificent architecture, but the structures often outlive their intended use. That's when the Dutch get creative. Here are j...

Bridges

With its maze of criss-crossing canals, it is no wonder Amsterdam has so many picturesque bridges adding to its lovely cityscape. With more than 1,200...

Canal houses

Once homes for the wealthy, many canal houses are now open as museums, offices and hotels. In 2010, Amsterdam’s picturesque canal district was added t...

Towers of Amsterdam

Amsterdam may not be known for its skyscrapers, but there are a few notable landmarks that soar high above the city's low rise skyline. Here's our gui...

Estates & gardens

The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area has plenty of green space where visitors can find a variety of flora and fauna, forests, dunes, lakes, and other lands...

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