A relatively young and modern bridge house in the middle of a lively Amsterdam neighbourhood. With ribbon windows on three sides, Zeilstraatbrug feels like you’re floating above the river Schinkel. Expect many ships sailing by, as this is the south entrance for water traffic into Amsterdam.
Skip the street for breakfast and coffee, or cross the bridge for some local shopping. Take a 7-minute stroll to the popular green Vondelpark for a picnic, or cycle through it to end up at Museum Square (8 minutes). Directly accessible from Schiphol Airport by train (26 minutes) or from Amsterdam Central Station by tram (30 minutes).
From 2007 to 2017 the Zeilstraatbrug 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 2007: Kerste-Meijer
Architect 2017: Space&Matter
Architectural Style: Contemporary
Bridge Type: Drawbridge
Various bridge control buildings have stood on the site of the Zeilstraatbrug bridge house over the years. The original building by Pieter Lodewijk Kramer was demolished in 1966. This handsome brick structure was replaced by a modern, box-shaped building by Dirk Sterenberg, which was very similar to the Theophile de Bockbrug bridge house. Sterenberg’s building was partially demolished in 1995, leaving only the concrete foundations.
The architectural firm Kerste-Meijer, who also designed the Westerkeersluis bridge house and the Oosterdoksdraaibrug bridge house, was commissioned in 2007 to design a new bridge and bridge control building. Like Sterenberg’s building, this building is a box on a pile, but it is clad with ceramic tiles. The dark grey tiles contrast pleasingly with the orange-brown window frames of the ribbon window that extends over three of the elevations. There is also an eye-catching sun awning.
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Colourful Italian place that serves traditional dishes with a modern twist.
Named after the famous painter, this park is the perfect spot to unwind after a long day. Close to Museum Square and somewhat less crowded than the Vondelpark.
These guys know what makes you happy. Try their bike-and-breakfast specialty: start the day with a yummy breakfast, then hop on your rental bike. Be sure to take their Greek-style iced coffee to go.
The biggest daily market of Europe! You can find almost anything here, from fresh flowers and fish to a new pair of shoes. Discover the many stalls while enjoying a freshly baked ‘stroopwafel’ (caramel waffle).
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