Historical Amstel Route is a 19.2 kilometer lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

Distance: 19.2 km Elevation Gain: 220 m Route Type: Point to Point






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Amsterdam owes its existence to the Amstel. The river flowed into the IJ at the current Central Station. Whoever walks this route starts at the Central Station and follows the course from the Amstel to Ouderkerk a / d Amstel. Rembrandt often made a walk to draw the Amstel and the Riekermolen. After the Damrak, Dam and Rokin you will pass the Munt at the current start of the Amstel. After the Magerebrug and Carré you walk past the Amstelhotel (after a design by Cornelis Outshoorn) one of the remains of the doctor and entrepreneur's plan. Samuel Sarphati. He wanted to raise a neighborhood for the well-to-do with squares and villa parks around his Volksvlijt Palace (on Frederiksplein, where the Nederlandsche Bank's office is now located). It is not the only thing that did not come. Under the Toronto bridge (via the so-called Heineken tunnel, which played a role in the pursuit of the abductors of Alfred Heineken and his driver Doderer). You arrive at the Weesperzijde. The houses on the other side of the Amstel and those in the side streets there (which belong to the Pijp), had never come to Sarphati: there should have been a large park here. The only part of these plans that has been implemented is the current Sarphatipark. Now there are the narrow side streets without trees that Sarphati wanted to prevent because of the general public health. De IJsbreker is located just past the Eerste Boerhavestraat. De IJsbreker has been around for centuries, since the time that the Weesperzijde was really the road to Weesp and this was the first banishment outside the city. The name is due to the ice crew that is (still) at the door. The current building is from 1885 and large and high. Not long ago there was a center for modern (classical) music, now located in the Muziekgebouw aan het ij. The main asset of the IJsbreker is the large terrace on the Amstel. The landing stage of the tow barges in the direction of Weesp, Naarden and Muiden was also located here. The Nieuwe Amstelbrug is a design from 1903 by HP Berlage. The bridge was completely demolished in the late eighties and rebuilt brick by brick. The fact that Ruysdaelstraat on the Weesperzijde side has to make a turn to reach the bridge and is not in line with the bridge is because the street pattern of Nieuwer-Amstel did not match that of Amsterdam. After the major city expansions of the 17th century, people were 'outside' here. Standing on the bridge you see a garage on the right that used to be called Berebeit. The name refers to the relaxation that used to be here, in particular to the activities that were developed there. The city council was forced more than once to forbid the "bears, bull or other fighting between bulldogs, bulldogs or racks" that were held here. To the left on the corner with the Ceintuurbaan used to be the Pauwentuin, a courtyard. Rembrandt drew this court, "that inn so renowned / Because of its grace, worth twice as much." At number 67 the Municipal Archives (now in Vijzelstraat) were located in the former town hall of Nieuwer-Amstel. This used to be the Tolhek (near Tolstraat), where Amstelveners, for example, had to pay excise duties on, among other things, peat. Further on, the façade wall shows features of the Amsterdam School; Plan Zuid van Berlage starts here. The next bridge over the Amstel is also from Berlage: the Berlage bridge. The sculptures are by Hildo Krop. The Vrijheidslaan runs to the right, until the Cold War was called the StalinIaan. In the distance is the Skyscraper by JF Staal. Plan Zuid is characterized by a large urban total approach with a variety of boulevards with courtyards and squares that have a 'village' character. After the Tramremise Lekstraat). The white building further down (Rivierstaete) is also popularly called aperot. Now the area acquires a rural character, the dike on which you walk is called Amsteldijk. The Martin Luther Kingpark is located before and after the Utrecht bridge, where De Parade theater festival is held every year in August. Beyond the park is the start of the southern hiking trail, which continued until just below the Olympic Stadium. After this you have Zorgvlied Cemetery. Harry Mulisch was buried here in 2010. He was brought here with a tour boat, which attacked the jetty in front of the entrance. When Harry sailed across the Amstel, a rainbow appeared in the sky. Beyond the Rozenoord Bridge is the Amstelpark. Those who walk further through the park can see the garden and ponds of the 17th-century outside of Amstelrust (one of the few that are left, but then miss the beautiful entrance gate and the outbuilding. In the distance, the Riekermolen looms up, and then the statue of Rembrandt A little further on is the Kalfjeslaan, formerly known as the Kleine Loopveld, which is an unsurpassed strip of land that runs from the Amstel to the Amstelveenseweg, where you can also find the 'Kalfje' bait, the egg for centuries.

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