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The Western Islands of Amsterdam

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The Western Islands of Amsterdam

In Mokum Events' The Western Islands tour we will take an architectural trip to look at large buildings and the marvelous building history of Amsterdam.

The city is famous for its inventive building solutions and building style! Lets visit some of the best examples!

A bit of history first: This part of Amsterdam consists of three islands, located at the west side of the Central Station. These Amsterdam West islands were build in the 17th century by pouring sand in the IJ (the so-called 'filling up').

There were many warehouses on the islands and many shipping companies were located there, everything there was in the service of the WIC (West India Company), in contrast with the Eastern Islands, which focused more on the VOC (United East India Company).

Let's go walking now!

We will show you the Haarlemmer neighbourhood, where you can see a number of very modern buildings, but also some beautiful canalhouses and buildings in wealthy Art Nouveau style.

Next, we will visit the Spaarndammer area, where tourists and fanatics in architecture from all over the world come to see 'the Amsterdam School' architecture. The most famous of all is 'Het Schip' in the Spaarndammer area. The architect De Klerk designed it. The design of this communal house is very surprising. Professional artisans also built it, undoubtedly the best bricklayers!

However, you will also see masterly examples of modern architecture, like the apartment complex on the Silodam in Rotterdam (!) and owned by the architectural firm MVRDV.

We will go to the Western islands, witness the string of battles against the 'city destruction' on the Bickerseiland, and admire the rebuilt warehouses on the Prinseneiland and what is left of a lost bit of city beauty, the Zandhoek on the Realeneiland.

We will then visit the Walhalla, where squatters lived in the eighties: the Staatsliedenbuurt. You will to day no longer find squatters here. Are they now part of the many yuppies that the district houses to day?

Interested? We look forward to walk with you!

  • A short break in a typical Amsterdam café
  • Professional guide (a real A'dam resident with years of experience)
  • Can be booked for the day and time you prefer!


The tour can also be done on a bicycle for an extra price of € 7,50 p.p. excl. of VAT.

Our professional tour guides are multilingual. Please contact us for more information.

You can book this arrangement with fewer participants than stated on this page, if you are willing to pay for the required number!

Does ‘Mokum Events’ only speak and guide the events in Dutch, or are other languages also available?
Our guides speak several languages, so almost all trips, excursions, guided tours and arrangements can also be followed in various languages.
Our group is smaller than the minimum number of participants, can I still join the event?
Yes, you can. However, since we commit ourselves for a minimum number of participants, we request you to pay this minimum rate. Please, contact us in advance!
Where in Amsterdam do the arrangements start?
Many trips start in the vicinity of the Amsterdam Central Railway Station (CS), but this depends completely on the chosen arrangement. Our employees will advise you in advance about the right point of departure.
Is my requested date available?
Through our systems, we can immediately check if your requested arrangement is available on the planned date. If so, we’ll advise you to make a reservation as soon as possible in order to avoid disappointments.
At what time can I start the event?
You can specify this entirely according to you wishes! This will however partly depend on the chosen arrangement, but in principle the events start whenever you want them to start!
an we also join guided tours or workshops made by other groups?
No, unfortunately you can not. “Mokum Events” organises trips and arrangements exclusively for groups, completely tailored to specific desires. It’s for that reason other persons can’t join arrangements made by other groups of people.
Do the trips also take place in bad weather?
Definitely! If it rains, we also go into town! We can arrange rain ponchos and umbrellas if necessary and can stay in the pub a bit longer. Amsterdam is also beautiful if the weather is not soo nice, you can take our word for it!
How will we go from place “a” to place “b”?
Our guides will take you from one point to the other (unless you only have to cover for example 100 meters). You will always receive an itinerary so you will know where you have to go.
Are company trips and arrangements tax-deductible?
In general, all costs of a company trip are tax-deductible. However, only if these costs are reasonable according to the tax authorities. The treasury also states that 75% of all employees must be able to join the event. These 75% may however also consist of a certain part or division of the company.
Can you send us a brochure or price list?
Mokum Events does not use brochures or price lists. We love to involve you in designing the ideal arrangement. Custom-made trips, remember? That’s why we can’t quote fixed rates. After all, everything depends on your wishes and ideas! Our offer is a personal offer, based on all your choices.
When do we have to pay our custom-made trip or event?
We will send you an invoice in advance, which has to be paid in full, not later than 14 days after you have received the invoice at the latest.

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