Manhattan at the IJ experience - Architectural boatride

Length 1,5 hours, running the whole year, Dutch or English spoken, price from € 30 p.p., capacity: groups from 15 till 35 persons. Smaller groups please contact me. Departure address: landing-stage opposite St. Nicolaaskerk (Prins Hendrikkade 73), Amsterdam Central Station

Discover, exclusive with your group, from the perspective of the water, the new architectural beauty along the IJ-river: with the highlights Eye filmmuseum, the IJdock island, Silodam and the seventeenth century Western Islands. As an architectural historian I’ll give a fascinating explanation about the latest buildings, the future developments and the historical context. Price including a cup of coffee or thee. Arrangements:

Architecture boat on the IJ with lunch in Arti et Amicitiae


Architectuurvaart met architectuurgids als bedrijfsuitje. Foto: Marcel Hoes Het Oosterdok met o.a. museum Nemo van Renzo Piano. Foto: Marcel Hoes

Architecture Speeddate - Architectural boatride on the IJ-river

Duration 1,5 hrs, route through the Eastern Docklands, whole season, from € 30 p.p., for groups from 15 till 35 persons. For smaller groups contact me.

Architectural boatride along the eastern port area and the central IJ with its actual developments. I’ll explain the various building projects, the future developments, a bit of IJ-history and the best anecdotes. Because of its visual diversity its called architecture speeddate. Route: Open Havenfront, Oosterdok, IJ-haven, Erts-haven, Oranjesluizen, NDSM, IJdock, Open Havenfront. An informative and relaxed ending of your groupmeeting at the IJ or as a more intimate boatride with some friends. Price including a cup of coffee or thee.


De boot met cabrio-dak. Foto: Els BogaertsLangs de ver(nieuw)bouwde pakhuizen aan de Piet Heinkade. Foto: Els BogaertsVernieuwend expressionisme van Neutelings en Riedijk, foto: Els BogaertsDe silodam van MVRDV architecten. Foto: Els BogaertsFoto: Els Bogaerts

The Wild West Challenge (L/M)

Length 4,5 or 2 hrs, for groups from 20 pax or till 8 pax, the whole year, Dutch or English spoken, price from € 30 p.p..

Architectural boatride across and along asthonishing green Amsterdam West and New West with its big lakes. The route offers a unique view on the park-like postwar cityplanning at the western cityborder by Cornelis van Eesteren. It also gives insight in contemporary renewal projects and on the connection with the ring 1920-1940. Interested/more information? Contact me.


Foto: De Nijl architecten

Walking tour Nieuwmarkt

See the citywall and southern citygate, now De Waag, around 1585: within the wall medieval Amsterdam what is now called the red light district, bursting out of its borders. Outside a swampy area with provisional buildings and small shipyards, an unofficial suburb. When the port moved up again Jews and Armenians settled here. Deportation of the Jewish inhabitants led to pauperisation. This was a legitimation for the citygovernment to launch their plan with hihgways, metroline and big officeblocks. Against this plan inhabitants fought against the police in the so called 1975 Nieuwmarktrellen. As a local resident I investigated the old structures of port and Jewish corner, the life in it and the realised renewal plans. Length 2 hrs, price from €12.50 p.p. Look in the Dates page for the first edition or propose an own date.


Amsterdam Noord: from floor drain till hotspot

Dairy supplier for Amsterdam, location for shippingindustrie and garden villages, dump for antisocial families: the by the IJ-water isolated Amserdam Noord was for a long time not the place to be. Roles are changed. Former industrial sites turned into breedingplaces, garden villages became heritage, in between appear attractive new neighbourhoods. Further on we find the experimental neighbourhoods from the sixties: Plan Van Gool en Molenwijk. Where are the authentic people from Amsterdam Noord? Cycling or walking, two hours, price from € 12,50 p.p. excl. bike. Bike rental near the starting pont. Look in het Dates page for the next edition.

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Cycle tour Watergraafsmeer

Seventeenth century landinvestment and cottage house location of the well to, with only house Frankendael as only witness. The ordinairy man as here because of the teagardens. After the annexation by Amsterdam in 1921 Watergraafsmeer slowly got builded with pearls like the Linnaeushof and Betondorp. The history of Ajax, Cruijff, the big writer Reve and the Nieuwe Oosterbegraafplaats contribute at the special world of the Watergraafsmeer which is still rural. Contrary to that is the Science Centre in the east with high tech companys and very modern architecture. Length 2 hrs, price € 12.50 p.p. Look in the Dates page for the next edition or propose an own date.


Vertrek vanaf de OetewalerbrugDe toegangspoort van het openbare park FrankendaelFrankendael, de enige overgebleven Watergraafsmeerse buitenplaatsDe symmetrische Franse stijltuinDe ingang van de Linnaeushof van KrophollerDe naoorlogse Middenmeer Het Rechthuis, bestuurszetel en herberg

Cycle tour Buitenveldert

In Buitenveldert you’ll find the only piece of Paris in Amsterdam. The designer, Van Eesteren, known good by people like Gropius and Le Corbusier, lived here himself. Your guide is an expert on this showpiece of the Algemeen Uitbreidingsplan van Amsterdam from 1935. So tour with him and see the tight stamped buildings, the high-rise, bungalows and the big scale green from the early sixties. Length: two hours. Price € 12.50 p.p. including a drink, excluding the bike. Bikes are for rent at the starting point. Look in ‘Dates’ for the first edition. Groups can propose an own date.


Walking tour the renewed Bijlmer

Functionalism in its most advanced and large scale form in Holland: flats in honeycomb forms surrounded by lots of green, raised roads and a metro viaduct on a concrete structure are making a supernatural landscape. Inhabitants facilities as a photography pavilion and a coffee bar: ideals from the sixties and seventies, for the half demolished now. We’ll have a look at the new construction and the by individual buyers renovated ‘klusflat’ Kleiburg. Length 2 hrs, price from € 12,50 p.p.. Look in the Dates page for the first edition or propose an own date.


Other walking or bicycle tours

Walking tour – The Amsterdam School in Berlage’s monumental Plan Zuid

Walking tour – Amsterdam in he Middle Ages/ The red light district

Walking or bike tour – Eastern dockyards: the former harbor transformed

Walking or bike tour – IJburg: Amsterdam’s latest urban extension

Walking tour – De Baarsjes, the Amsterdam School in Amsterdam West

Walking tour – Marine territory and Kattenburg, maritime extensions from 1650