Do you know the Amsterdam Eastern Docklands?
You will after taking this guided bike ride!
On this 2-hour guided bike ride you will get to know the history and present day area of the Amsterdam Eastern Docklands. This old industrial part of Amsterdam is now a combination of old warehouses, empty factory halls, old and new bridges, great architecture, modern styled apartments and hip and happening bars, shops and artist workplaces. A hidden gem in Amsterdam, which you will get to know!
The tour is a great way to see a part of Amsterdam many people don't know while you meet new people. You can take pictures and feel like a tourist in your own city, while your guide tells you about the history and background of this beautiful area.
Show off to your friends and family when they come to visit you!
This guided tour is a great way to meet new people. Not only that, you will also become a tour guide to your own friends and family when they next visit.
History of Eastern Docklands
Until the 17th century the Eastern Docklands are a wetland, inspiring painters like Rembrandt van Rijn on his walks outside of the city gates.
In the golden Age of Holland, times changed quickly. Amsterdam becomes a important trade city and needs to expand rapidly to house the stream of immigrants and find space to build factories.
The Island of Oosterburg is created to harbour and build ships for the Dutch East Indies Company (VOC), a shipping company so big and powerful it could speak as a representative of the government of The Netherlands in the 17th century.
In the 19th century, the introduction of the steam engine changed the face of Oostenburg. Steamboats brought passengers to the new lands of America and the foundation of the Dutch steam machine industry is laid.
From the 19th century, companies like ASM, NDSM and Werkspoor built a spectacular range of steam engines, locomotives, trains and trams. Thousands of people worked in the island factories.
From the 20th century, the old factories, docklands and warehouses and factory halls have steadily made way for residential areas, often incorporating the industrial look and feel.
More recently, creative enterprises, restaurants and clubs have taken the opportunity to use parts of the old halls for work and events.
Join the Amsterdam Explorers tour:
- Bring your own bike
- Tour costs €10, pay in cash
- Experienced tour guide
- Meet new people
- We end the tour with drinks with the group (drinks not included in the price) in a special bar
Join the Amsterdam Explores while we cycle through the Amsterdam Docklands!