Real Island (Realeneiland)

Realeneiland is one of the islands of the western quarter of the port. The merchant Reael had the first houses built, in particular on the Zandhoek, an attractive quayside facing the Westerdok. Zandhoek ("sandy place") was once home to a sand market. Formerly populated by dockers and the unemployed, the area was destined for demolition but was saved by the success of a novel by Jan Mens: De Gouden Reael. There are 17th Century houses with gabled facades and fine stone-work.

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EYE Film Institute
EYE Film Institute
Initially intended to be a restaurant,
Northern Church (Noorderkerk)
Northern Church (Noorderkerk)
This church was built in 1623. Begun by
15 minutes
Noordermarkt
Noordermarkt
The Northern Market has been in
15 minutes
Brewers' Canal (Brouwersgracht)
Brewers' Canal (Brouwersgracht)
This peaceful canal is blessed with a
60 minutes
Herengracht
Herengracht
The Herengracht or Patricians' Canal is
60 minutes
Jordaan
Jordaan
An obvious area for development with the
90 minutes
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Oudezijds Achterburgwal / Oudezijds Voorburgwal
Oudezijds Achterburgwal / Oudezijds Voorburgwal
These two charming parallel canals are
15 minutes
Canal Excursion
Canal Excursion
A tourist cliché for some, a marvellous
15 minutes
Hortus Botanicus
Hortus Botanicus
This garden was created in 1682 at the
30 minutes
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