Location and History
Bordered by the IJ Harbour to the North, the Binnen Amstel River to the South and Sarphatistraat and its extension Czar Peterstraat to the West, this area includes the Oostelijke Eilanden en Kadijken (Docklands), Oosterparkbuurt, Indische Buurt, Weesperzijde and Watergraafsmeer. In the 19th century the Plantage area became one of the most prominent areas of Amsterdam. The Indische Buurt is an area that was built in the 20th century and has become a melting pot of cultures and nationalities. In the Watergraafsmeer you will that old school town feeling. The Docklands are a shiny new kind of Amsterdam taking shape on parts of the waterfront of the IJ where old facilities have been demolished and are being replaced by new apartments and modern offices.
Many come to live here in relative quiet and still be able to enjoy the advantages of being close to the inner city. As can be expected from an affluent neighborhood filled with many families, the schools and infrastructures for children here is excellent. To the East you can experience a mix of cultural, historical, and artistic fusion. It’s also home to the University of Amsterdam, making it popular with students.
Enjoy the diversity of animals and plants in Amsterdam’s Artis Zoo. Not only is the Amsterdam zoological garden an oasis of peace right at the heart of a fast-paced city, but it is also a haven for some 700 animal species and 200 tree varieties, many on the verge of extinction. Amsterdam Artis is also one of the fewest zoos in Europe to have so many listed buildings within its grounds. The Hermitage Amsterdam is an extension of the Hermitage of Sint-Petersburg and displays continuous beautiful exhibitions. On the flea market on Waterlooplein you find second hand clothes and general bric-a-brac. The Dappermarkt is a daily market for very inexpensive shopping. Main attractions in this area also feature the Maritime Museum and Nemo Museum. Every year over 100 sea cruise ships and more than 700 river cruise ships are arriving in this part of the city and their number is growing exponentially.
Amsterdam Oost is very diverse. A mix of highly prized stately homes in The Plantage area to very affordable homes in the up-and-coming district of the Indische Buurt. In the different areas of East you will find houses and apartments that are competitively priced.