IJ river and canal tour

Boat ride by appointment for groups from 15 till 40 persons, smaller groups please contact me, duration: 1,5 hours, price from € 25 p.p.

Discover the new Amsterdam architecture along the IJ-river and the architecture of the amsterdam canal houses in one ride: with Eye film museum, IJdock, Pontsteigergebouw, Hilfiger headquarters, Nemo. As a architectural historian I’ll give a fascinating explanation about the latest buildings, the future developments and the architecture history of Amsterdam. The boat ride is including a cup of coffee or thee. Possible arrangements:

Architecture boat on the IJ with lunch in Artists Society Arti et Amicitiae

Architecture boat on the IJ with a visit at the A’dam tower and an appatizer in the Eye filmmuseum

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Architecture boat tour Amsterdam Eastern Docklands

Boat ride by appointment, for groups from 15 till 40 persons, smaller groups please contact me, duration: 1,5 hours, price from € 25 p.p.

Architectural boat ride along the successful raising from the nineties on the Eastern Docklands, with: Borneo, the Whale building, Ben van Berkel and other modern Dutch architecture. Each island had its own supervisor and therefore has its own character. We’ll ride along the Timmermansstraat with its lively self-build plots. On the way back recent and future developments along the remarkable northern IJ-bank will have our attention. Including a cup of coffee or thee.

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Langs de ver(nieuw)bouwde pakhuizen aan de Piet Heinkade. Foto: Els BogaertsVernieuwend expressionisme van Neutelings en Riedijk, foto: Els BogaertsDe silodam van MVRDV architecten. Foto: Els Bogaerts

Architecture bike tour Amsterdam Noord

Walking or bicycle tour by appointment, duration 2 hrs, for groups from 8 persons or as a private tour
Price for groups from € 12,50 p.p. excl. bicycle, price for private tour see Fees Private Tours

Dairy supplier for Amsterdam, location for shippingindustrie and garden villages, dump for antisocial families: the by the IJ-water isolated Amserdam Noord was for a long time not the place to be. Roles are changed. Former industrial sites turned into breedingplaces, garden villages became heritage, in between appear attractive new neighbourhoods. Further on we find the experimental neighbourhoods from the sixties: Plan Van Gool en Molenwijk. Where are the authentic people from Amsterdam Noord? Read more about Noord

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Walking tour Jewish quarter Amsterdam

Tour by appointment, duration 2 hours, for groups from 8 persons or as a private tour. Price for groups from € 12,50 p.p., price for private tour see Fees Private Tours

See the southern city wall with its gate, nowadays called De Waag, around 1585: within the wall medieval Amsterdam, the red-light district. Outside an informal suburb in a swampy surrounding: small shipyards, warehouses and dwellings. Cheap ground were also immigrants as Jews, Armenians and Chinese could settle. Deportation of the Jews led to pauperization of the neighborhood. For the city government a reason to launch its metro and highway plans. Inhabitants battled against these plans in the 1975 Nieuwmarkt riots. As a local resident I investigated the old structures and the realized renewal plans.

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Bike tour Amsterdam Watergraafsmeer

Walking or bicycle tour by appointment, duration 2 hrs, for groups from 8 persons or as a private tour
Price for groups from € 12,50 p.p. excl. bicycle, price private tour see Fees Private Tours

The Watergraafsmeer was a seventeenth century landinvestment project and cottage house location of the well to do. Only house Frankendael witnesses this former function. After the annexation by Amsterdam in 1921 Watergraafsmeer slowly got builded with pearls like the Linnaeushof and Betondorp: the first a brick and catholic court, the second a fantastich concrete and socialistic garden village and birth ground of soccer player Johan Cruijff. The numerous (former Ajax) play grounds, the monumental cemetery Nieuwe Oosterbegraafplaats: all contribute to the special world of the Watergraafsmeer. Still rural and in meantime very modern with its Science Centre with high tech companys and modern architecture in the east.

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Vertrek vanaf de OetewalerbrugDe toegangspoort van het openbare park FrankendaelFrankendael, de enige overgebleven Watergraafsmeerse buitenplaatsDe symmetrische Franse stijltuinDe ingang van de Linnaeushof van KrophollerDe naoorlogse Middenmeer Het Rechthuis, bestuurszetel en herberg

Bike tour Amsterdam Buitenveldert

Walking or bicycle tour by appointment, duration 2 hrs, for groups from 8 persons or as a private tour
Price for groups from € 12,50 p.p. excl. bicycle, for private tour see Fees Private Tours

Buitenveldert has got extraordinary Amsterdam boulevards with the airs of Berlin or Paris. The designer of the Amsterdam extension plan of 1934 and the Buitenveldert plan, the internationally famous Van Eesteren, lived here himself. See the tight stamped buildings, the early high-rise next to a luxurous bungalow neighbourhood and espacially the fantastic, connected and big scale greenery in and by the quarter.

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Walking tour the renewed Bijlmer

Walking tour by appointment, duration 2 hrs, for groups from 8 persons or as a private tour
Price for groups from € 12,50 p.p., for price private tour see Fees Private Tours

Functionalism in its most advanced form and most largest scale in Holland: flats in honeycomb structures surrounded by lots of green, raised roads and a metro viaduct. Inhabitants facilities as a photography pavilion and a coffee bar in the flat: ideals from the sixties and seventies. This supernatural landscape is for the half demolished now and replaced by low raise. We’ll have a look at the old and the new and at the tranformation of the ‘klusflat’ Kleiburg.

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Other walking or bike tours

Walking tour – Amsterdam School district in Berlage’s Plan Zuid

Walking tour – Amsterdam in he Middle Ages/ The red light district

Walking or bike tour – Eastern docklands: the former harbor transformed

Walking or bike tour new architecture – IJburg: Amsterdam’s latest urban extension

Walking tour – De Baarsjes, Amsterdam School architecture in Amsterdam West

Walking tour – Marine territory and Kattenburg, maritime extensions from 1650

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Architecture boat tour Amsterdam West

Boat ride by appointment, for groups from 15 till 40 persons, duration: 2 or 4 hours, price from € 25 p.p.

Architectural boat ride across and along the astonishing green Amsterdam West and New West. In the 2 hours ride we will pass the marvelous lake Sloterplas. In the 4 hours ride we also do the lake Nieuwe Meer. The route offers a unique view on postwar park-like city planning at the western city border by Cornelis van Eesteren: challenging because of its social reputation. But fast winning popularity because a truly green fifties paradise. The ride also gives insight in contemporary renewal projects and in the connection with the ring 1920-1940.

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Foto: De Nijl architecten