2 miles / 3.2 kilometres
This walk and neighbourhood is a breath of tranquility sandwiched as it is between the hectic Nieuwmarkt square and the Waterlooplein Fleamarket. You'll be surprised and relieved to discover the peace and quiet immediately on leaving the busy streets. The bridge on St. Antoniebreestraat is a perfect place to start, just take the little steps to the left of the locks at the Sint Antoniesluis.
Oudeschans and Kromboomsloot Area walk in Amsterdam (follow link to see in Google maps)
Nice about this walk is that you can shorten it or just go with the flow and complete the few miles/kilometres. The route takes you along the Amstel, past the Opera City Hall and then down to the oldest area of the city. You'll see lovely old towers, the modern Nemo Science Museum (built like a ship) in the harbour and lots of typical Amsterdam facades and lovely canals along the way.
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If you happen to be thirsty, there is a lot of choice near the Nieuwmarkt but here are two places along the route:
Koningstraat 19. Open from 12 – 22.00 and you can get anything from a sandwich, coffee, icecream, wine. Very nice food and atmosphere.
Koningstraat 54 Open every evening for good affordable food and wine in a very warm and friendly setting.