The Amstel


The Amstel River is an arterial waterway in Amsterdam, flowing over a 31 kilometre route from its origins at the confluence of Aarkanaal and Drecht into the IJ Bay. Amsterdam is named after the river, as the city developed from a small fishing village which settled on its banks during the late 12th century. There are several bridges across the river such as the Magere Brug, and various pretty landmarks on its banks - Nationale Opera & Ballet, and Hermitage. Take a leisurely cruise on the Amstel to get out into the Dutch countryside near Amsterdam, or bike along its banks to admire the scenery.

The Amstel and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile

Rijksmuseum(0.9 km)
The Rijksmuseum or National Museum is the largest and most prestigious museum for art and history in the Netherlands, displaying works by Dutch masters such as Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Steen.

Amsterdam City Archives

Amsterdam City Archives(0.2 km)
Housed in the monumental Brick Expressionism style De Bazel, the Amsterdam City Archives preserves official documents, letters, photos, drawings, maps, prints and audio-visual records tracing the history of the city.


Noorderkerk(1.7 km)
The 17th-century Noorderkerk in the Jordaan neighborhood was one of the first Protestant churches built after the Reformation in Amsterdam.

Basilica of St. Nicholas

Basilica of St. Nicholas(1.3 km)
The Basilica of Saint Nicholas is a 19th century Catholic church near the Centraal Station in the oldest part of Amsterdam.


Micropia(1.2 km)
Micropia zooms into the world of micro-organisms, throwing light on the various types of microbes in the world around us and within us.

Anne Frank House

Anne Frank House(1.3 km)
The famous Anne Frank House is where the Jewish girl Anne Frank wrote her moving diary while hiding with her family from the Nazis.

Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh Museum(1.2 km)
The Van Gogh Museum is dedicated to the works of acclaimed 19th century Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, displaying over 200 paintings, 400 drawings, and 700 letters by him.

Antiekcentrum Amsterdam

Antiekcentrum Amsterdam(1.1 km)
The Antiekcentrum Amsterdam, also known as De Looier, is the largest indoor antiques market in Netherlands, selling vintage paintings, ceramics, porcelain, jewelry, furniture, silverware, watches, toys and bric-a-brac.

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