Top 5 Things to do in Amsterdam Noord


Amsterdam Noord is a hidden gem, just a short ferry ride away from Centraal Station. The area is off the radar of many tourists so there are fewer crowds and more locals, giving it an authentic Dutch feel. Next time you're in town, take a trip across the IJ River and see what Amsterdam Noord has to offer!

Take Advantage of the Free Ferry
Getting to Amsterdam Noord couldn't be any easier. Amsterdam has 14 free ferry lines, three of which leave directly from Centraal station. The lines go directly to some of the top sights in Amsterdam Noord, including the EYE museum and the NDSM Wharf. Some make more regular trips than others, so it's always a good idea to check the schedule before you head out. Also keep in mind that most of the ferries don't run 24/7, so plan your trip accordingly.

Explore the NDSM Wharf
What was one a shipyard has been transformed into the creative hotspot of Amsterdam Noord. There's something different to do nearly every day on the wharf, from art installations and live music, to film festivals and cultural events and that doesn't even include the numerous amazing restaurants and bars that call the NDSM Wharf home. For a truly unique dining experience, head on over the Pllek and if the weather cooperates, enjoy a drink and bite to eat on a hammock at their man-made beach. The amazing views alone are worth the trip!

Visit the EYE
Just a 3-minute ferry ride from Centraal Station, the EYE Film Institute is a must-see for both amateur and experienced film buffs alike. At the EYE you will learn about the history of film in the Netherlands and have the opportunity to attending screenings of both Dutch and international films of the past and present. If you plan to attend a film screening, keep in mind that they require a separate ticket. The EYE also has a beautiful bar and terrace with breathtaking views of the city, when you're ready to take a break from the screens.

3D Print Canal House
For those who are interested architecture and design, don't miss your chance to see the world's first 3D Print Canal House. This is a three year publically accessible project in which a team of industrial leaders from a variety of sectors come together to work on building the first ever 3D printed home. If you want to see how the house is progressing or want to learn more about the project, you can book a time to visit.

Spend the Night at Camping Vliengenbos
If you're not ready for your time in Amsterdam Noord to end, you can spend the night at Camping Vliengenbos. This public camping facility allows you to pitch your own tent or RV, or book space in a cabin or Camping hotel. This is the perfect opportunity to extend your trip and continue to take in the creative culture of Amsterdam Noord.

Amsterdam Noord is one the city's hidden gems, but we have a feeling it won't be for long. As visitors learn more about the area's creative culture, great restaurants and bars, and beautiful sights, Amsterdam Noord will soon be on everyone list of must-see neighborhoods.

Tori Holmes is a freelance copywriting and social media specialist living in Amsterdam. Born and raised in Canada, she quickly learning that her new city is full of surprises.