You may visit the popular attractions in the Museum Quarter when you tour Amsterdam, but you have not seen it all yet. There are many other areas in the city where delightful art are tucked away. So explore these places during your trip to the Netherlands’ capital to see it from a different perspective.
The So-Called Yawner Gable Stone along Herenstraat 7
The city is like an outdoor museum. In its streets, you can see gable stones, used in the 17th Century in order to help walkers find their ways. A local favorite is the gable stone with an open mouth, indicative to gulp down a pill. The building where it is placed used to suggest that it is a pharmacy. In the past, most native medicines were actually made from foreign plants and spices, so the carved yawner was depicted often as a Moor.
Oude Kerk’s Proverbs
The Old Church is situated in the midst of Amsterdam’s Red Light District. While several visitors walk into the church, most of them tend to miss carved stalls in its choir – each one showing a distinct proverb. One of them depicts alcohol’s damaging effects, while another one shows that “money has no value in the face of death”.
Zon’s Hofje along Prinsengracht 159
You can see an array of gardens during your Amsterdam tours. However, this is an open-air garden of sort. That is true of the hofjes. Traditionally, hofjes were constructed for widows, who could not live on their own, and included a group of residences organized around a garden square. This charming and quiet place has been used by people to live as well as study since the year 1960.
The Little Woodcutter’s Statue along Stadhouderskade 12
It is unsurprising people often pass by this area time and again without spotting the sculpture on top of a tree, despite being situated in a busy area, directly opposite a bridge from the Leiden Square. It is an anonymous piece of bronze art, no taller than around 50 centimeters. A legend says it was Queen Beatrix who created it.
“The Tree inside a House” along Scheepstimmermanstraat 120
The recently built residential areas situated in the former eastern docklands of the Dutch capital are also well worth the visit also to pay tribute to the “tree inside a house”. The house owners were provided carte blanche in order to have their housings designed, so the street turned into a portfolio of contemporary Dutch architecture. The highlight, though, is the one built by Koen van Velsen – a residence around an acacia, which stretches from its ground floor to almost its glass roof.