Ring Safari Amsterdam
We are used to perceiving ring roads as a necessary evil: they take you from A to B. However, ring roads can also be employed in an entirely different way: as tourist routes. Experience the city from a fresh, new perspective! Drive the 32 kilometre stretch of the Amsterdam ring road full circle, and you’ll see the harbour andthe polders; the business district and the multi-cultural residential areas. By all means, feel free to get out of the car: we’ll show you spots where no tourist has gone before – until now. If you manage to avoid traffic jams, you can drive around Amsterdam in roughly half an hour. So leave the tedious touristy city center for what it is, and start your engines!
Investors simply stuck new districts onto the historic city, without much care for urban planning. It wasn’t until the twentieth century that the city was methodically plotted and well thought-out.
See this work in progress from the old longitudinal dyke that runs for over a kilometer alongside it, and into the lake. Not only does the dyke provide for a premium spot to see the district; it also allows you to catch a glimpse of a charming fifteenth century fishing-village.
Bus loads of Japanese tourists are dropped off here to photograph the statue of seventeenth-century painter Rembrandt. After they leave the lovely river is all yours to stroll alongside or to go boating. Hotel Mercure provides rental boats.
As a result, the South Axis (Zuidas) was born: Amsterdam’s ultra modern business district, rising high on both sides of the A10 ring road. The district is visible from miles around, boasts excellent accessibility, and is located at a stone’s throw from the international airport. Today, one out of every 8 Dutch lawyers is to be found in this square kilometer area. A large video screen (spanning 8 by 5 meters) on location broadcasts art 24 hours a day.
The Amsterdam harbour – the world’s largest for petrol – is continuously developing. From the ring you can see her in all her splendor.
Noord wears Amsterdam’s most traditional Dutch face. Just take in the backdrop! Right outside the borders of the ring road, unspoiled peat area still reins; on the horizon, you will detect the blunted church tower of Ransdorp – exactly the way Rembrandt painted it.
Published in: Mark, number 38 (June/July 2012)</p