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Amsterdam North

The north of Amsterdam exists of just one borough: Amsterdam Noord. This area is geographically separated from the rest of Amsterdam and therefore sometimes labelled as ´a village just outside Amsterdam´. Due to its individual character and location, some people feel more connected to their own borough Amsterdam Noord than Amsterdam as a capital. However, residents in Amsterdam Noord enjoy this area so much because of its mix between the rush of Amsterdam centre and the rural atmosphere of Waterland. In next years the centre of Amsterdam Noord becomes more urban, yet the rustic and bucolic living is guaranteed.

To figure out the development of Amsterdam Noord, we go back in time to 1393. At this year, Amsterdam gets supervision (or right of ambachtsheerlijkheid) of Volewijck, the former peninsula. In the coming 400 years this place is also known for its executions of convicted persons. More detailed, a gibbet field was located in this part of Amsterdam. After the open execution of perpetrators at the

Dam Square
, the deaths were exhibit ionized at a gibbet in Volewijck. The rotten bodies had to frighten off people and maybe even more important, passengers on boats knew that Amsterdam punished its crimes. After the interference of the French people, the gibbet field moved over to an industrial field. After the First World War, the famous airplane company Fokker established his factory at Amsterdam Noord, just like industrial companies as Stork, Shell, Ketjen and ship building. In meantime, the government annexed surrounded areas in order to expand Amsterdam Noord.

Present time

Nowadays Amsterdam Noord has about 90.000 inhabitants and it is growing and growing. Living near the IJ (the water that separates Amsterdam Noord from the rest of
Amsterdam) is getting more popular every day. Visiting Amsterdam Noord is ideal to escape the crowd ness of Amsterdam centre and relish the ambience of a green village. Visit for example the café-restaurant Het Tolhuis at Buiksloterweg 7. This old building dates from 1859 is worthy to see and have a coffee inside.

If you want to do some shopping, go to the Boven ´t IJ Shopping Centre, located at the Buikslotermeerplein. For those who want to enjoy the nature, it is recommendable to cycle along the unique nature reserve of Waterland. Amsterdam Noord also owns a couple of parks and by the time it will be 2011 this borough can be proud of a
new city park, named ´Noorderpark´. This park will be a combination of the Florapark and Volewijckspark where the river Noordhollands Kanaal flows through. Although Amsterdam Noord is cherished for its historic village view and rural living, tourists are rare in this borough. Amsterdam Noord doesn’t possess international well known theatres, museums and other similar attention grabbing spots. The borough does take part in a couple of festivals like the Over het IJ Festival in July, the Grachten Festival (Canal Festival) in August, the Noorderpark Festival and Robodock Festival in September and the ascension of the Ransdorpertoren (tower) during the summer. If you reach the top of this tower, you’ve got a beautiful view over Amsterdam Noord and nearby rural villages.

Accessibility

Amsterdam Noord can be reached by several types of transport. You can take the ferry from Central Station to different stops at Amsterdam Noord. It is only a trip of two minutes, however in those two minutes you can feel the water wobbling, your hear fluttering in the wind and getting pleasure from a view over the water and the rest of Amsterdam. If you reach solid ground, take a walk over the lock chamber to the Noordhollands Canal. At quay 8 also departs another ferry to the IJplein in Amsterdam Noord. If you aren’t that fond of romantic boat trips, you can also take the bus, taxi or your car. The Schellingwouder Bridge, Coen Tunnel and the IJ Tunnel connect Amsterdam Noord with the all parts of the city. If you haven’t noticed yet; Amsterdam is working on an underground express tram from the South of Amsterdam, Central Station to Amsterdam Noord. This North-South line 52 will be finished round 2013. This new accessibility will probably increase the motivation to visit Amsterdam Noord more often.

 

 

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