Ouderkerk aan de Amstel is a quaint village located south of Amsterdam on the bank of the Ouderkerkerplas lake. The village dates back to the 12th century and is best known for its parish houses and Jewish cemetery.
Ouderkerk aan de Amstel offers a scenic refuge from the hustle and bustle of its infamous neighbour to the north. Visitors typically head to the village to take in its architecture, which includes historic churches, houses and De Zwaan (an impressive windmill). There’s also Beth Haim of Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, the Netherlands’ oldest Jewish cemetery. It opened in 1614 and features elaborate tombstones that include human figures. Among the cemetery’s most famous residents: Rabbi Menasseh Ben Israel, a colleague and collaborator of Rembrandt, and the Moroccan diplomat Samuel Pallache.