Amstel tour II bike routes Amsterdam
Continuation of Amstel tour I
A. Rembrandt’s statue
Rembrandt is famous for his paintings, etchings and drawings, many which were made along the entire length of the river Amstel.
The same way back, with more attractions on your right-hand side. Continue reading at B.
Take the ferry and ride back on the other side of the river. Ferry sails May-August daily between 10.00 and 18.00. April and September only on Saturdays and Sundays between 10.00 and 18.00 hrs.
3. Extend route:
Continue your journey through Oudekerk aan de Amstel (6km), an even older village than Amterdam and home to the oldest Jewish cemetery in the Netherlands, and on across the polder. At Amsteldijk Noord 101a stop for a moment for the sculpture garden, or enjoy the Westeramstel Garden (Amsteldijk Noord 55, open daily 10.00 – 16.00), in the grounds of a 17th century Amsterdam traders’ country retreat. Cross the bridge here across the Amstel and head back into town along the other bank. On your right you’ll see another large windmill and, like an enormous flying saucer, in the distance, the new Ajax stadium, the Arena.
B. Carré, Amstel 115-125
The building was build in 1887 in the neo-renaissance style, designed by architects Rossen and Vuijk. It was owned by de circus owner Oscar Carré, it was his winter headquarter for all his circus acts and animals! Nowadays Carré hosts the most famous singers of the world, broadwayplays, operas and diverse musical events.
C. Amstelhof, Amstel 51
(1681) This building was originally used as retirement home for elderly protestant woman. In 1719 it became allowed for men to live there as well.
D. Jewish Historical Museum, Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1
In the 1620’s German and Polish Jewish fled to Amsterdam because of the persecution in their countries. This synagogue served for these people. Open daily 11.00-17.00.
E. Portuguese Synagogue, Mr. Visserplein 3
Build in 1675. This was to be the largest synagogue in the world. It architect, Elias Bouman, was inspired by the Temple of Solomon. The building’s axis faces into the direction of Jerusalem. The inscription above the entrance is translated into: ‘And I – in Your great love – shall come unto Your house’. Other buildings around the synagogue functioned a school, library and the rabbi’s home. Open: Sunday – Friday 10.00-16.00 hrs.