Amsterdam is a beautiful city with lots of history. Let’s take a time machine back and see some of the city’s historic locations then and now. 


1. Muntplein, 1939


Historic Amsterdam Muntplein
Photo by Añelo de la Krotsche

2. 2e Anjeliersdwarsstraat, 1930

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 Photo by Robbinson

3. De Oude Schans, 1890


Historic amsterdam oude schans
 Photo by Jan Sluijter

4. Rembrandtplein, 1966

 Photo by Robbinson

5. Nieuwmarkt, 1916


 Photo by Hylda

6. Nieuwe Spiegelstraat, 1956


 Photo by Robbinson

7. Central Station, 1940-45

Photo by Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse

8. Blauwbrug, 1924


 Photo by Rick van Hemert

9. Bloemgracht 76, 1945

historic amsterdam

Photo by Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse

10. Dam Square, ca. 1890

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Photo by Ramón Durán

10 Responses

    • Anna

      Amsterdam is the capital of The Netherlands. It’s like asking if Washington, D.C. is as big as the United States.

  1. David Morgan

    Beautiful Amsterdam. Great museums,clean and good public transport .Excellent restaurants.

    If the weather is hot ,good beaches,less than one hour from Amsterdam. Similar to London,there is a red light district.However,this is only one small area of Amsterdam and can be easily avoided. Excellent theatres and cinemas. The Tuchinsky Cinema is beautiful,especially the main cinema.

    My best friends and myself return to The Netherlands again and again.

    I am sure you will too.

  2. Henk

    It’s nice to see quite a few old buildings that are still there after all those years. Just read an article about old buildings in New York city that were knocked down to make way for ‘modern’ buildings, such as the old Penn Station, which made me quite sad.

    I used to live in A’dam and although I visited the Amsterdam historical museum only once, I thought it was a great place. Especially if you know the city and then see what it looked like many years ago, sometimes seeing canals where there are streets nowadays, and recognising buildings that were already there when cars were not even invented is just marvelous to me.

  3. Susan Pluim Burton

    My grandparents migrated to the U.S. From Amsterdam and I’ve always been intrigued with the Dutch way of living.
    I was fortunate to visit Amsterdam once and have always yearned to go back to my ‘roots’

    • petnicks

      Do it – sooner than later … you will never regret it!

    • Zen

      Amsterdam used to be a great vibrant place…
      Now it has just become like your general everywhere liberal city,
      where the big money talks and the sub and creative cultures have disappeared

      • Ed

        Heck no you just have to look a little harder !!!!
        Regards from an Amsterdammer.

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