Gouden Reael

Ok so who would not want to enjoy the silence,sun and water in the hectic world of Amsterdam.
Well lucky you I know a place where you can:
  • Enjoy the sun
  • Visit Galleries
  • Admire Old structures
  • See some farm animals
  • Relax at the docks
  • Take some amazing shots like below
The place I am talking about is:
Gouden Reael

The Gouden Reael is a district of the city of Amsterdam in The Netherlands.

A ‘Gouden Reael’ (“golden real“) was a Spanish coin from the 16th century. The birth house of Laurens Reael (1583-1637), third Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies, had a golden real on its signpost or gable stone, from which the family took its name. In 1648, the Reael family, which counted several prominent Amsterdam citizens, built a warehouse on the Zandhoek, again with a golden real gablestone. Around 1800 this building turned into a popular inn, “De Gouden Reael”, which was made famous by a 1940 Jan Mens novel by the same name, and after which the neighborhood has been named.

In 1610 and 1615 three artificial islands (Prinseneiland, Bickerseiland and Realeneiland) were build as an extension of the harbor. Until the end of the 19th century this was an area with many wharfs, little industries and warehouses, related to the shipping trades. After the second World war the desolated area was discovered by many artists (Jan Sierhuis, Johan van der Keuken, Jef Diederen, Reinier Lucassen, Peter Schat among others), who established their homes and studios in the vacant buildings. During the second half of the 20th century the old warehouses were transformed into apartments one after another, and new apartments were build. Nevertheless a lot of the atmosphere of the glorious past is still present in the old buildings and wooden drawbridges.

Thank you WIKIPEDIA.

 Ok so what do I love the most of Prinseneiland
you can walk everywhere and have a look at all the
amazing wharfs and a few of the oldest buildings in town.
One of the most exciting things is that there are loads of old wooden bridges
connecting the islands and streets and they photograph beautifully and are so much fun to walk on.
 Now one of the nicest things is that whilst you cross
these bridges you will come across all sorts of little docks
that allow you to either park your little boat or just sit.
 Now in summer these docks are perfect to grab a book
and sit with your feet in the water and enjoy the sun and
… wait for it : silence.
Near one of the bigger docks in the center of the Prinseneiland
there is a little city farm : de dierencapel.
They have pigs,sheep,birds, rabbits and so on.
Perfect to take your kids and the kid in you.
For more details follow the link below (it’s in dutch)
There are loads of artists who have made the Prinseneiland their
home and a place to expose their artworks or have their own gallery.
Every second sunday of the month they open their doors for you to visit.
For more info see the link below (its in dutch) http://www.kunsteilandenamsterdam.nl/
And all of this for free.
All I can say go and enjoy a stroll anytime of year !!!!!
How do you get there ?

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