Amsterdam’s ground zero of consumerism, vice, entertainment and history, the Old Centre is bounded by Prins Hendrikkade to the north, Oudeschans and Zwanenburgwal to the east, the Amstel to the south and Singel to the west. Within these borders, the Old Centre is split into the (west of Damrak and Rokin) and the Old Side (east of Damrak and Rokin). Within the Old Side, roughly in the triangle formed by Centraal Station, the Nieuwmarkt and the Dam, is the famed "Red Light District". The area around Waterlooplein was settled by Jews two centuries ago and took its name – Jodenbuurt – from them.
The grachtengordel (circle of canals) that guards the Old Centre is idyllic, pleasant and quintessentially Amsterdam. A great way to explore them is by jumping aboard one of the many boat tours which roam the waterways. Check out the Links below for info:
Bordered by Brouwersgracht, Prinsengracht, Leidsegracht and Lijnbaansgracht, the Jordaan is arguably Amsterdam’s most charming neighbourhood and the location of many exellent galleries. Working-class stalwarts rub shoulders with the affluent in an area that, while lacking the grandiose architecture of the canals, wants for nothing in character.
With its world-class museums and posh fashion emporia, Amsterdam’s Museum Quarter is a mix of culture and couture. South of Singelgracht, with approximate borders at Overtoom (west) and Hobbemakade (east), it’s also home to many pleasant hotels and, at its northernmost tip, is within a stone’s throw of both Leidseplein and Vondelpark. Click on the Link below for Museums:-
Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Stadelijk Museum
Once the gateway to the city’s prosperity, Amsterdam’s waterfront is now the setting for one of Europe’s most exciting new architectural developments and an increasing number of nightlife options. Get a great panoramic view of the City when climbing the top of the Nemo or take a boat to the Noord (North) to discover a different side to Amsterdam.