Walk the Amsterdam Olympic Stadium Area
This week is all about the Olympics! We’re going into the Stadionbuurt and the Schinkelbuurt (named after the river Schinkel). The last time the Olympics were held in the Netherlands was in 1928 at the Olympic stadium here in Amsterdam. Back then, the stadium stood at the edge of the city surrounded by pastures. Since then the Stadionbuurt has been transformed into a lively part of the city. If you pay attention you will notice that all the streets will have something to do with the Olympics or the stadium).
Enjoy your walk!
⏱️ Total Walking Time: 45 min
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Olympic Stadium Area Route Highlights
Highlight A: Mevius and Tram Depot
Havenstreet has a couple of highlights, starting with Mevius, one of the biggest warehouses. It’s a second hand outlet for all kinds of things and it’s still open sometimes during the afternoon. After that there is the tram depot for trams going around in Amsterdam West. See if you can spot some of the tops of the blue and white trams parked there.
Highlight B: Old Tramline
Along the Piet Kranenbergpad there is an old tramline. This isn’t used anymore except for Sundays. On Sundays there is one little old tram that goes up and down the old tram route. If you’re lucky you might see it… The ride is very nostalgic and rumor has it that you can only take pictures in black and white.
Highlight C: The Olympic Stadium
The Olympic Stadium is the big highlight of this walk! It was built in one year for the Olympics of 1928. It was designed by Architect Jan Wils, who won a gold medal for his Amsterdam School influenced design. Yes, back then you could still win medals for Architecture, and Art too. In 2000 the Stadium was mostly restored back to its original state. The catacombs have been turned into 30 multi-functional business spaces.
Highlight D: Stadionplein
At the stadium square you can see the Olympic Tower for the Olympic flame. This structure is 42 meters tall with a stairwell inside. Everyday, someone would climb the tower to keep the fire going. In 2014 the flame was reignited to celebrate the Dutch Olympic Medallists who played in Sotsji. If you’ve made it this far, you have earned yourself an ice cream. Find it on the other side of the road!
Highlight E: Stadionkade
As you walk along the Stadionkade you can see the back of a couple of different educational buildings starting with the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, a school for arts and crafts. This art school was built in 1967 and was designed by (and named after) Gerrit Rietveld. His design incorporated a lot of steel and glass, which generates tropical temperatures inside when the sun shines on it! Next, you’ll find two high schools: The Geert Groote College and the Spinoza Lyceum.
Highlight F: Olympiaplein Sportpark
The Olympiaplein Sportpark is a central place for physical exercise in the Stadionbuurt and Apollobuurt. It has both a soccer field, 6 tennis fields, 3 handball fields, 6 badminton fields, 6 volleyball fields and a skatepark. We know what you’re thinking: where is the roller derby rink?
Highlight G: Monument Indië-Nederland
This whole structure was originally a monument to commemorate General J.B van Heutsz, commander of the Dutch East Indies Army and later governor of the Dutch East Indies. It was later renamed to just the Dutch East Indies Monument. Because of the female figure with the two small lions on the side it was often called “Mien met de hondjes” which means Mien (a typical Dutch girls’ name) with the little dogs.
Highlight H: Sint-Agneskerk
This roman catholic church was built in 1932 and was the first church of Amsterdam to have a detached bell tower. The building was designed by Jan Stuyt who actually copied a lot of the design from the Saint Agnes Church in Rome. In 1996 the church officially appointed as a national monument.
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