Egelantiersstraat, Jordaan, Amsterdam

Jordaan & Western Islands Tour

Built in the early 17th century to house the working classes, many religous and political refugees from France, England, Spain and Portugal came here in the 17th and 18th century.

Originally a poor district with small houses, too many inhabitants, no sewerage or running water, it was saved from demolition in the 1970s. Fixed up, the neigbourhood was discovered by large groups of artists, students and young professionals.

During the tour you will learn about the rich Jordaan history while admiring the beautiful houses, gable stones, nice pubs and restaurants, original shops and galleries and lovely inner courtyards (hofjes).

Travel back in time to the wharves and warehouses of the Western Islands, north of the Jordaan.