Let’s discover old harbours and modern architecture by bike in Amsterdam! Our guide will get you acquainted with the modern and internationally renowned Eastern Docklands. We will take you to the East of the center of Amsterdam. It brings you to Java island. This was the Old harbour of Amsterdam and is now one of the new places to live. It also takes you along the old shoreline of the city.
On these islands with old harbours and modern architecture as Java Islands, KNSM, Sporenburg and Borneo one can see the old merging with the new which are the old port warehouses between modern architectural buildings. While Amsterdam’s urban landscape is generally associated with medieval and Dutch Golden Age architecture, the city also features numerous examples of innovative, modern structural design. These intriguing buildings veer away from conventional forms and architectural gestures, creating a stunning, modern cityscape that is almost unrivalled in the Netherlands or Northern Europe. Over the past 20 years new housing estates were built with their own interesting modern architectural signature.
To the east of the Central Station, Oosterdokseiland has been turned into a high-density city district, and to the west of the station, housing area Westerdokseiland and artificial peninsula IJdockwere created.
On the other side of the water, in Amsterdam-Noord, artists and media companies give the former NDSM-wharf a second lease of life. Former industrial area Buiksloterham is being redeveloped as a new district with self-built housing projects, and at De Ceuvel house boats on dry land serve as office for creative companies, while plants purify the heavily polluted ground around them. The latest addition is the Houthaven, a former harbour area which is being turned into an energy neutral neighbourhood.
The biggest recent land reclamation project in Amsterdam is IJburg, a new archipelago on 7 artificial islands, where 45,000 people will live and work one day. It features a wide variety of housing typologies, including floating homes.
Considering the growth of the city, however, even these areas won’t suffice. Accordingly, the municipality has made plans to turn parts of the current harbour into HavenStad, while at the same time office parks in the Southeast of the city are also being transformed into new housing districts.
Departure and arrival location: Amsterdam Travelcafe, Oosterdokskade 135 (close to Central station)
This tour can take place every day!
You may decide yourself (9 am - 5.30 pm) what time you want to start.
After you have made the booking we will confirm the exact date/departure-time which you will see mentioned on the voucher.