Bordering the popular Jordaan area and the heart of Amsterdam, a 1950s bridge house in the late ‘Amsterdam School’ style. Your neighbours are the local skate-park pigeons who enjoy perching on the roof.
Take a stroll to the tourist-friendly Haarlemmer street (8 minutes) with some of the city’s best bars, restaurants and patisseries. The popular Noordermarkt, open on Saturdays and Mondays is a paradise for organic food lovers and antique fans, within walking distance (9 minutes). Amsterdam Central Station is directly accessible by bus (11 minutes).
From 1952 to 2017 the Kattenslootbrug bridge house accommodated the city’s bridge keepers. In 2017 the bridge house started a new chapter as one of 28 suites for SWEETS hotel.
Architect 1952: Pieter Lodewijk Kramer
Architect 2017: Space&Matter
Architectural Style: Late Amsterdam School
Bridge Type: Bascule Bridge
Architect Pieter Lodewijk Kramer designed the Kattenslootbrug bridge house just before he left the city’s bridges division in 1952 and it was the last bridge house he designed, together with the bridge house on the Omvalbrug (bridge). This post-war structure is clearly more austere compared to its predecessors, this is evident in the simple roof form, the steel window frames and the use of steel plate in the balustrades. Still, the building displays features typical of Kramer such as the relationship between the building and the bridge barrier and the different brick patterns around the roof and window frames. The bridge was operated from a control lectern situated on the other side of the bridge. Kramer also designed a small terrace with seating next to the bridge house.
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A no-nonsense bistro with soups, stews, veggie options, good service and a pleasant atmosphere. (Photo courtesy of Bistro Bentinck)
An English-style tea room that is popular among visitors to the city. Expect quality tea and a solid English breakfast (yes even with black pudding). Get there early to avoid the queue. (Photo courtesy of Greenwood Singel)
One of the best places in the city for a coffee, but be prepared to wait, the staff adopt a leisurely pace, there’s no rush here. They serve a small selection of baked goodies like croissants, muffins and cakes. (Photo courtesy of Endlessweekend)
A popular park and cultural hub. Don’t miss their market held every first Sunday of the month. (Photo courtesy of Airbnb)
The Anne Frank House shares the story of the Frank family with its visitors using Anne’s famous diary as a reference. Anne’s original writings, personal documents, objects and photographs are permanently on display. Tip: Arrive early or buy a queue jump ticket online, as waiting times can be extremely long. (Photo courtesy of Anne Frank House)
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