Running in the Jordaan

One of the best known parts of Amsterdam is the Jordaan area. A district in the western part of the centre and full of history. Running along the canals early in the morning is a truly unique experience. Coming from the Dam square it´s only 5 minutes to get there. During the 17th century the Jordaan was inhabited by the working class people. Nowadays it´s yuppies and dinkies took over. Home to many art galleries, specialty shops, bruin cafés (brown bars) and the narrow streets along the canals. On our guided run we enter the district coming along the Torensluis. Only a few traces in the street refer to an old defense tower of the old city dating back to the Dark Ages. Take a minute to catch your breath on the Prinsengracht and view the impressive Westerkerk. The locals will say it´s the most beautiful church in town. Not only did the famous painter Rembrandt spend his last years in the Jordaan he is also buried in the church. Back on the canal pay attention to the bicycles, they can be a real hazard in the city. Keep calm and run along!