The cafes and boutiques in Jordaan district are some of the most explored ones in Amsterdam, both by tourists as well as by the Dutch. There are narrow streets such as Prinsengracht, Westerstraat, and Haarlemmerstraat, and nine little streets in this busy Amsterdam neighbored. Jordaan district is symbolic of the peaceful Dutch way of living, and even after their debut visit, tourists come back to de Jordaan to explore more things in Amsterdam.
The neighborhood of Jordaan is a few minutes’ walk from Amsterdam’s central station, but if tourists do not feel like walking, they can reach the place by Amsterdam open-top bus as well.
History of Jordaan District
The neighborhood was built in the 17th century when Amsterdam’s growing population demanded more space for the working class immigrants. During the 1600’s, Amsterdam was one of the richest metros in the world, but it was in Jordaan where refugees, migrants, and workers went to inhabit due to low rent.
The small homes in Jordaan back then were full of large families and struggling artists. It is said that when painter Rembrandt Van Rijn could not afford a house in the city center no more, he moved backed to Rozengracht, a large street in Jordaan with departmental stores and boutique shops.
Exploration in Jordaan District
The canals in the neighborhood give tourists as much pleasure as walking through the narrow streets does. Bordering on the verge of the district is the famous Anne Frank House and those who tour Amsterdam could take a five-minute walk from the Anne Frank House to reach Electric Ladyland, the famous fluorescent light museum in Jordaan district. Another exploration activity in Jordan is the delicacies in Noordermarkt and the courtyards from Alms-houses.
Jordaan and History
The Jordan district once hit a nadir and got degraded into a slum during World War II. Following the war, the city council put forth to destroy the neighborhood somewhat and build new apartments instead in the 1970’s. Anyways, that didn’t quite happen and by the end of the 20th century, the district was rediscovered by artists, students as well as young professionals.
The district is also an ideal place in Amsterdam to buy vintage Dutch linen outfit, pots, and plates. Reach de Jordaan once you finish the private Van Gogh museum tour in Museumplein.