Hello Kaptain Kenny readers,
This time I’d like to take you on a tour through Amsterdam by foot.
Now admittedly I’ve been to Amsterdam around 10 times, but strangely enough, I’d never tried to see it ‘from above’ which is why I’m excited to show you what it looks like from up high!
For those who are more interested in finding out where to eat in Amsterdam, click on my previous article: Where to eat and drink in Amsterdam; Holland: The Netherlands
So last week I was in AMS with friends for my birthday but one of them had broken her leg and was on crutches. The first few days we did the usual sightseeing stuff i.e. Vondelpark for some fresh air and drinks at the Blue Tea House, The 9 Streets for shopping, Jordaan to get a good feel for the city, a canal boat tour with Lovers Canal Cruises and finally dinner at my all-time favourite restaurant Morgan and Mees. (Thanks for that recommendation Daniel!)
Upon bidding my friends adieu and realising I now had some more ‘freedom’ in the sense that I wasn’t on crutches (sorry Kirsty!), I was able to roam freely. I suddenly had this brilliant idea to climb as high as I could and see a different side to Amsterdam. What a great idea that was!
I now present my discovery to you:
Hendrick de Keyser (1565-1621) was the architect of Westerkerk. Commissioned by the Amsterdam City Council, the church was built between 1620 and 1631.
The Westerkerk Church! http://www.westerkerk.nl/english
I googled ‘highest spot in Amsterdam’ and besides finding out where to buy weed, this was one of the entries. I happened to be very close to the Anne Frank House which was right next to the church. As soon as I arrived, I learned there were guided tours every half an hour for a maximum of 7 people. I bought their last tour spot and was guided up.
“Probably the best panorama of central Amsterdam is climbing up the Westerkerk Toren – the Westerkerk Church Bell Tower.
At 40m high, the viewing platform is around half-way up the tower and gives a breathtaking view of Amsterdam.”
Have a look at the view and see for yourself if it’s worth the incredibly steep 40 metres worth of steep stairs.
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