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NDSM Werf
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NDSM Werf

Leave the cobblestones of the city and enter another world, where a former shipping yard has been transformed into an artistic hub for all to enjoy. 

Visit Amsterdam North to experience the urban charms of the NDSM Werf on the banks of the river IJ. This former industrial wasteland was transformed with a daring attitude towards urban renewal. The wharf, with its art galleries, cafés and studios, is now one of Amsterdam’s most dynamic creative spaces.

The seafaring Dutch ceased shipbuilding in the NDSM wharf in the 1980s. The site was left to decay and squatters took over until the city of Amsterdam sponsored a community of artists to turn the former shipyard into something special. Since then, youth-oriented TV and marketing companies have moved their headquarters here to make the most of the edgy vibe.

At first sight this wide open space is littered with rustic metal, abandoned vehicles and graffitied relics of the industrial days. Once you set foot in NDSM Werf, however, you’ll find it full of life. See skaters hone their skills on the skate ramp and photographers make the most of the rugged backdrop of the docks. Explore old warehouses and hangars that have been turned into art studios and exhibition space.

You may find some more unexpected curiosities as you look closer. There's an old ship that has become a 3-star “botel” and a towering crane that is now a three-room luxury hotel with unequalled city views.

Have a coffee or cocoa with Dutch apple pie and cream in a laid-back café, such as the area’s authentic IJ Kantine. Share some Amstel or Heineken beers in a bar before having dinner in a trendy restaurant with river views.

NDSM Werf is an ideal spot to enjoy the long summer days of Northern Europe. Even if you have already visited the wharf, the 11-day Over Het IJ Festival is a good excuse to come back for theater, food and music.

NDSM Werf shows you a side of Amsterdam that not many people know. To get there, rent a bike in the city center and then catch the free passenger ferry from the back of Centraal Station.

Top Hotels Close to NDSM Werf

Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam
Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam
4 out of 5
Damrak 1-5, Amsterdam
The price is $146 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Nicholas Church, National Monument, and Madame Tussauds. Amsterdam ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,312 reviews)
Qulity stay
"Great food, great service. Highly recommended"

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2020

Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam
The Hoxton, Amsterdam
The Hoxton, Amsterdam
4 out of 5
Herengracht 255, Amsterdam
The price is $138 per night from May 6 to May 7
Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this hotel is steps from Herengracht Canal and The 9 Streets. Madame Tussauds and Royal Palace are also within 10 minutes. ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (829 reviews)
Ambiance location.
"Hotel service was friendly & helpful, they tried to meet needs and requests. My arrival had lovely staff assisting me. They moved my room when I didn’t find the original so compatible. The ambiance in the common areas very nice, beautiful Xmas decorations and the standard Hoxten vibes but unfortunately ..."

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2020

The Hoxton, Amsterdam
Crane Hotel Faralda Amsterdam
Crane Hotel Faralda Amsterdam
3.5 out of 5
NDSM Plein 78, Amsterdam
The price is $801 per night from Apr 29 to Apr 30
Located in Amsterdam North, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Anne Frank House, Dam Square, and Madame Tussauds. Heineken Experience and Leidseplein are also ...
3/5 (6 reviews)
Not worth it!
"Not worth the price, room is dated and not as pictured. First night we couldn't sleep until 5 am due to a party going on in the event space. Also the curtains don't block out all the neon lights from the crane. Awful night sleep for two nights!"

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2018

Crane Hotel Faralda Amsterdam
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Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam
Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam
4 out of 5
Damrak 1-5, Amsterdam
The price is $146 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam
The Hoxton, Amsterdam
The Hoxton, Amsterdam
4 out of 5
Herengracht 255, Amsterdam
The price is $138 per night from May 6 to May 7
The Hoxton, Amsterdam
Crane Hotel Faralda Amsterdam
Crane Hotel Faralda Amsterdam
3.5 out of 5
NDSM Plein 78, Amsterdam
The price is $801 per night from Apr 29 to Apr 30
Crane Hotel Faralda Amsterdam
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Amsterdam - NDSM Wharf
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Amsterdam - NDSM Wharf
4 out of 5
NDSM-Plein 28, Amsterdam
The price is $93 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Amsterdam - NDSM Wharf
Botel
Botel
3 out of 5
NDSM Pier 3, Amsterdam
The price is $54 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
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Crane Hotel Faralda: The Most Unique, Inspiring and Romantic Place to Stay
Crane Hotel Faralda: The Most Unique, Inspiring and Romantic Place to Stay
Amsterdam, North Holland
The price is $710 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
Crane Hotel Faralda: The Most Unique, Inspiring and Romantic Place to Stay
YOTEL Amsterdam
YOTEL Amsterdam
3.5 out of 5
Asterweg 27-37, \N, Amsterdam, NH
The price is $74 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
YOTEL Amsterdam
ibis Amsterdam Centre
ibis Amsterdam Centre
3 out of 5
Stationsplein 49, Amsterdam
The price is $87 per night from Apr 27 to Apr 28
ibis Amsterdam Centre
Comfortable and Quiet Studio With Spacious Private Roof Terrace
Comfortable and Quiet Studio With Spacious Private Roof Terrace
Amsterdam, North Holland
Comfortable and Quiet Studio With Spacious Private Roof Terrace
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