Oosterdok

DESTINATIONS oosterdok

Directly east of Centraal Station is the body of water called the Oosterdok, which was created in 1832 when this part of the IJ was closed off by a dam. (To the west of the station the Westerdok was made in a similar way.) In the last 20 years, there has been a great deal of building going on around the Oosterdok, including the building of a new library with a top-floor restaurant that provides spectacular views over the city, the green copper-clad NEMO Science Center in the shape of a ship's hull, the ARCAM architecture center, as well as many hotels, and apartment buildings. Opposite NEMO is the Maritime Museum, the top attraction of the area and an impossible-to-overlook example of Dutch 17th-century architecture, while a bit farther to the east you'll find the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ and the swoopy-roofed Passenger Terminal Amsterdam.

POINTS OF INTEREST

NEMO Science Center

Opened in 1997, this green, copper-clad building designed by world-renowned architect Renzo Piano (co-creator of Centre Pompidou in Paris, among…

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Scheepvaarthuis

With its extravagantly phantasmagoric zinc-roof detailing spilling over various sculpted sea horses, boat anchors, sea gods (Neptune and his four…

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ARCAM

The Architecture Centrum Amsterdam is dedicated to promoting modern Dutch architecture and organizes exhibitions, lectures, and tours (there's an extensive…

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