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Tuesday 23 August 2016

9 Streets – The ideal neighborhood to get to know Amsterdam in all its variety and richnesses

You won’t just find wonderfull shops, restaurants and bars in De 9 Straatjes. There is so much more to discover in this versatile area. Along the main canals in De 9 Straatjes quarter, art was – and still is – practiced with a capital “A”.


The area permits a general view of all kinds of architectural styles in buildings and houses.
Among these houses are the beautiful Vingboon Houses – which now houses The Canal House Museum – and the building of Felix Meritis, European center for arts, culture and science.

The Felix Meritis building dates from 1787 and is just between the Beren- en Runstreet. It was commissioned by the Felix Meritis Society, guided by the enlightenment and the ideals of those days.
In this building the first Amsterdam (oval) concert hall was constructed. By means of concerts, lessons and tests the public was actively involved. With a short intermission it has always cleared the way for cultural purposes. Even Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart played concerts in the, no longer existing, municipal theater of this building on the Keizersgracht.

On the Herengracht you’ll find the Biblical Museum. The collection is quite diverse with ‘the Book’ itself (the oldest dating from 1477) as centerpiece. The collection also has an important number of temple models, archeological finds from Egypt and lots more.

On Gasthuismolensteeg 7, you will find the Dutch Spectacles Museum. In this small house the museum reveals the history of spectacles over 700 years. It is a small but unique and fascinating museum.

And of course not far from the neighborhood of De 9 Straatjes, there is the Royal Palace on Dam Square, the former Town Hall, built in 1648 by famous city architect Jacob van Campen. Also not far from the neighborhood lays the Westerkerk – where Rembrandt is buried – and which was build between 1620 and 1638 by city architects Hendrik de Keyser and Jacob van Campen. Next to the Westerkerk is Anne Frank House in which the Frank family was hiding from l942 until l944. Here Anne wrote her famous diary.

As you have read here, there is a lot to see and do in De 9 Straatjes. When you visit our little streets, you will feel the vibe of the neighborhood and you will know that we do not exaggerate when we say that De 9 Straatjes is the best, most charming and most unique shopping and cultural area in Amsterdam!

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