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With a city as old as Amsterdam, diving deep into its architectural history opens up an evolutionary tale from its time as a small fishing village on the River Amstel to its height as the centre of the Dutch Golden Age.

Below is the MUST-SEE Architecture in Barcelona. I hope you find it useful as you walk its historic streets (there’s a map at the bottom to guide you around). As you see with the date at the top, this list is always updating as new projects are completed. If you want to see your photo featured, hashtag #AVONTUURA on Instagram and I will try my best to include it.


Historical Architecture

The Royal Palace

Royal Palace of Madrid (Tây Ban Nha) - Đánh giá - Tripadvisor

Originally the Town Hall of the City of Amsterdam during the Dutch Golden Age, the building became the royal palace under Louis Napoleon, the brother of Napoleon Bonaparte. The Palace did not return to Dutch ownership until Prince William VI during the fall of Napoleon.

Practical Information

Architect: Jacob van Campen, Daniël Stalpaert
Built: 1648
Type: Palace
Address: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 147, 1012 RJ Amsterdam, Netherlands
Hours: Sunday (10:00am – 5:00pm)
Cost: 10 EUR

The Rijksmuseum

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With over 2 million annual visits, The Rijksmuseum is the largest art museum in The Netherlands and houses important works of art including masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Van Gogh. A combination of gothic and renaissance style architecture the building is part of a cultural network of important museums that front onto Museumplein.

Practical Information

Architect: Pierre Cuypers
Built: 1885
Type: Royal Museum
Address: Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX Amsterdam, Netherlands
Hours: Daily (9:00am – 5:00pm)
Cost: 17.50 EUR

Oude Kerk

Oude Kerk in Amsterdam |

Ironically located in the city’s Red Light District, the Oude Kerk is the oldest standing building in Amsterdam dating back to the 16th century. It is characterized by its stain glass windows and wooden ceilings. The church has been well preserved and remains in the same state it was when Rembrandt first walked through its doors.


Practical Information

Built: 1565
Type: Church
Style: Dutch Gothic
Address: Oudekerksplein 23, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Open to the Public: Yes
Hours: Daily (10:00am – 6:00pm), Sundays (1:00pm – 5:30pm)
Cost: 10 EUR


Westerkerk (Amsterdam, Hà Lan) - Đánh giá - Tripadvisor

At 87m tall, the Westerkerk is the tallest church in Amsterdam and is characterized by an octagonal spire for the bell tower, topped with the Imperial Crown of Austria of Maximilian I, the Holy Roman Emporer. The church also contains the buried remains of famous Dutch figures such as Rembrandt and has hosted royal weddings including the 1966 marriage of Princess Beatrix and Prince Claus von Amsberg.

Practical Information

Architect: Hendrick de Keyser
Built: 1620-1631
Type: Church
Address: Prinsengracht 279, 1016 GW Amsterdam, Netherlands

Beurs van Berlage

Beurs van Berlage (Amsterdam, Hà Lan) - Đánh giá - Tripadvisor


The Beurs van Berlage is widely recognized as the most important work by famed Dutch architect Hendrik Petrus Berlage. Constructed of red brick, stone piers, and a glass roof, the building would go on to influence early modern architecture and the Amsterdam School due to its rational open floor plan and selective use of ornament.

Practical Information

Architect: Hendrik Petrus Berlage
Built: 1896-1903
Type: Former stock exchange, now concert & exhibition centre
Address: Damrak 243, 1012 ZJ Amsterdam, Netherlands

Het Scheepvaarthuis

Scheepvaarthuis, Amsterdam, J. Meij | Architectuurgids

The Shipping House is considered the first true work of the Amsterdam School which became known for its use of colour, brick, and ornamentation. It was originally the headquarters for six large Amsterdam shipping companies and is characterized by its practical office space and beautiful stone carvings depicting the Dutch Empire.

Practical Information

Architect: Johan Godart and Adolf Daniel Nicholas van Gendt,
Built: 1913-1916, 1926-1928
Type: Headquarters for Shipping Companies,
Style: Amsterdam School
Address: Prins Hendrikkade 108, 1011 AK Amsterdam, Netherlands

Het Schip

Museum Het Schip - Amsterdam School of Art and Architecture

Designed for working-class families at the start of the 20th century, “Het Ship” is the most iconic building from the Amsterdam School style of architecture. Its form generally resembles a ship and contains over 100 homes, a meeting hall, and post office.

Practical Information

Architect: Michel de Klerk
Built: 1917-1920
Type: Apartment Building and Museum
Style: Amsterdam School
Address: Oostzaanstraat 45, 1013 WG Amsterdam, Netherlands
Open to the Public: 45 minute Guided Tours by Appointment Only
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday (10:00am – 5:00pm)
Cost: 15 EUR

Contemporary Architecture


MVRDV's Silodam combined housing typologies says de Vries

One of the most iconic symbols of contemporary Dutch architecture, Silodam was an experiment in density and design in an otherwise historic city. Initiated by a housing boom in the nineties, Amsterdam was suddenly in great demand for housing which meant finding space to not only build but design for flexibility in program over time. Enter MVRDV, the Rotterdam-based architecture firm who used the inspiration of the city’s burgeoning shipping industry to create a new housing vernacular that consisted of a variety of houses, offices, and commercial space mixed together to look like a set of stacked shipping containers.

Practical Information

Architect: MVRDV
Built: 2003
Type: Housing
Address: 1013 AW
Open to the Public: Guided Tours by Appointment Only
Hours: –
Cost: 3 EUR for students, 6 EUR for adults

Architecture Centre of Amsterdam (ARCAM)

Arcam / René van Zuuk Architekten | ArchDaily

Dubbed “ARCAM” for short, the Architecture Centre of Amsterdam provides information, guided tours and architecture guides for visitors while hosting both permanent and temporary exhibitions. Designed by René Van Zuuk, the trapezium-shaped building is clad in coated aluminum with expansive glass offering views of the cityscape and harbour.

Practical Information

Architect: René Van Zuuk Architekten
Built: 2003
Type: Museum
Address: Prins Hendrikkade 600
Open to the Public: Tuesday – Sunday
Hours: 1 – 5 pm
Cost: Free

Sarphatistraat Offices

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Located on the Singel Gracht (waterway), this Steven Holl-designed office building was designed as a metallic sponge situated alongside the canal. The design consists of a series of perforated copper panels that wrap around the pavilion allowing light and colour to flood the pavilion’s internal spaces.

Practical Information

Architect: Steven Holl
Built: 2000
Type: Office
Address: Sarphatistraat 14-T, 1017 WS
Open to the Public: No

Kop Van Diemenstraat

Kop van Diemenstraat / B. Tjhie - C. Bakker | ArchDaily

A prefabricated building full of a mix of apartments and office space, Kop van Diemenstraat sits on the south quay along the IJ (Amsterdam’s waterfront) together with the Silodam creating a new urban space for the area. The building is lifted on one side to create a covered entrance while providing views to the harbour and city.

Practical Information

Architect: TEKTON Architekten
Built: 2009
Address: van Diemenstraat 2
Type: Housing, Offices
Open to the Public: No


Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ | Peutz

The home of two separate musical institutions, the Muziekgebouw is designed as an “ensemble” of objects under a single roof. The objects include a solid box that cantilevers outside the building to face the city centre, a communal area bathed in glass, and a large, suspended canopy for outdoor congregation along the harbour.

Practical Information

Architect: 3XN
Built: 2005
Address: Piet Heinkade 1
Type: Concert Hall
Open to the Public: No

IJ Tower

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The twenty storey tower clad in white cement is most notable for its carved openings within its facade. These openings have a reddish-brown colour that provide curated views of the city while creating a diverse set of dwelling types in the building.

Practical Information

Architect: Neutelings Riedijk Architects
Built: 1998
Address: Oostelijke Handelskade 1213
Type: Housing, Offices
Open to the Public: No

The Rock

The Rock (building) - Wikipedia

Part of the Mahler 4 office area in Amsterdam, the Rock was designed by Dutch architect Erik van Egeraat and derives its name from its rock-like exterior. Characterized by its glass and aluminum base, the building appears to be very top-heavy, a deviation from typical tower designs that stress lightness as it rises. In this case, van Egeraat chose to use a combination of stone and concrete at the top to reinforce this idea.

Practical Information

Architect: Erick van Egeraat
Built: 2009
Type: Housing, Offices
Address: Claude Debussylaan 80
Open to the Public: No

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