Amstel River

Aeme stelle

The foremost and most important historical value of the Amstel River is the fact that the name Amsterdam itself is a derivative of the name ‘Amstel’.

The Amstel or the Aeme stelle in Old Dutch means area abounding with water. It was on the mouth of this river that a dam was built and a fishing village came into existence that over centuries became the Amsterdam it is today.

The Glory

The Amstel became the heart of the city after the river was dammed. From the south, the river runs into the town up to the hall, near Waterloo and Munt squares. It is from here that it branches off into several different streams throughout the city canals. If you are around, you must pay a visit at the sight of the riverbanks that provide a lovely view of the sparking city lights at night.

The Amstel River’s historical value can be gauged from the fact that a number of artists have handpicked the Amstel River for their works. These include Aert van der Neer, Willem Wtsen, Georg H. Breitner, Piet Mondrian, Hendrik Jan Wolter and Frans Koppelaar.

Going Around

One of the most preferred ways of exploring the place is taking a guided or a cruise of the river Amstel. You can book yourself for one if you want to have a memorable and luxurious experience. In the city, you will pass through the picturesque, recently restored ‘Blue Bridge’, the ‘Skinny Bridge’, the Carre Theatre and the famous Amstel hotel and of course, a number of houseboats.

Once you cross the Berlage Bridge, the shores of the river become lush green, a quiet retreat vis-à-vis the bustling action of the inner city. The cruise on Amstel River will usually end in Ouderkerk. Here you will also have a chance to dine at the famous Jagershuis.

There are a number of companies offering a guided tour of the river Amstel. The same can be booked well in advance.