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.

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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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