Living in the Amsterdam South area?
Location and History
Lodged between De Pijp and Amsterdam West, Oud Zuid begins just south of Stadhouderskade at Museumplein and fans out to Amsterdam’s Ring highway. This area with in the north the Vondelpark is subdivided in Museumkwartier, Hoofddorppleinbuurt, Stadionbuurt, Apollobuurt and Duivelseiland. The South has always been an elite district connected to the popular Vondelpark for Amsterdam’s bourgeoisie. Today it’s a pleasant place to spend a sunny day. Joggers, walkers, families and couples can be found on the wide tree lined paths next to the water. Nestled south of Leidseplein is where the 19th century Museum Quarter can be found. The area was developed following the construction of the Rijksmuseum which house the famous painting by Rembrandt called “The Nachtwacht”.
Generally this area is quiet, conservative, safe and residential. It’s nearby arterial streets provide easy access to your daily shopping needs and features the most expensive shopping street in all of Holland: the P.C. Hoofdstraat. Here you are very likely to run into a celebrity, or at least feel like one yourself. Zuid not only has some of the city’s most prestigious rated schools, but also features other children-friendly diversions such as parks and public swimming pools. Zuid is great for someone looking for a more relaxed neighborhood with space and greenery.
Amstelveenseweg is developing into a true culinary boulevard. In the Museum District you will find world-famous museums, such as the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art. The beautiful Vondelpark spreads out over 120 acres, and is an urban paradise for walkers, joggers, roller-skaters and those looking to relax.
These gallant and spacious houses and apartments are often home to successful expats who wish to be located close to Amsterdam’s International School without the hustle and bustle. Think of this place as a conservative expensive old school area to live and play.