Zuid-South (July/ August 2017)

Departure: Rijksmuseum (I Amsterdam sign) or Olympisch Stadion (Olympic Stadium)

Duration & Prize:

  • full tour: 3 hours & 35 euros p.p. (food included in the prize)
  • short tour: 2 hours

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The South is basically the area south of the city centre, and between Vondelpark (plus the long canal west of it), and the Amstel river in the east. The more south one goes, the newer the buildings. Until Amsterdam ends and the town of Amstelveen begins. The south is the “new” rich part of the city.  Or, at least, those were the plans in the 1860s. This idea of a luxurious green space full of villas only partly came true. At the south side of the Vondelpark, villas were indeed built. The neighborhood around the Museum Plein (Square) became rich, although a little less.

Further south (built in the 1920s mostly) a completely new plan had been developed by the leading architect of the day: Hendrik Berlage.  It is the centre of the so called “Amsterdam School” architectural style. and wasn’t developed for the rich, but for the ever growing Amsterdam middle class. Here, a lot of Jewish people lived who had previously lived in the old and poor Jewish neighborhood in the city centre. New and better houses with better facilities gradually became available to many people in the 20s. And besides the Jews from the city centre, it also attracted people from outside the country, like the Anne Frank family.

A third area of the south was the Pijp (mostly covered in the Centre South tour). Here the initial plans  of making this a place full of villas, even completely failed. Soon the area was being build up with houses of very poor quality where poor families had to live together in ever worsening conditions. Today however the Pijp has become hip and trendy with a lot of students, a lot of immigrants, and a lot of bars, cafés, and restaurants.

In this tour we will be focusing mainly on the rich and the middle class areas, the “Old”, and the “New” South. If time allows it however, we will also take a part of the Pijp neighborhood to see the difference between the three areas.

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It Includes

  • the use of binoculars
  • maps
  • clothing against the rain if needed
  • (if time allows it) visit to at least 1 building