The Islands (De Eilanden), Amsterdam

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The KNSM Island is a man-made island in the Eastern Docklands of Amsterdam. It is named for the Koninklijke Nederlandse Stoomboot-Maatschappij (KNSM), the Royal Dutch Steamboat Shipping company which used to have its headquarters and its docks on the island. It is now a large residential area containing modern architecture with a mostly well-off population.HistoryOriginally, the island was a breakwater for the Oostelijke Handelskade, just like the adjacent Java Island. Later its level was raised with soil dredged from the North Sea Canal. The ensuing harbor terrain was occupied in 1903 by the KNSM, which covered most of the island. In 1956 the KNSM celebrated its centennial, but the decolonization of the Dutch East Indies and the growth of cargo transport spelled the end of the company, which merged into Nedlloyd in 1981. KNSM moved some of its to the Western Docklands of Amsterdam and stopped others, and finally left the area in 1977. In the 1980s, squatters, artists, and urban nomads took over the area. In the 1990s, these groups that occupied what had come to be known as "sloaps" ("sites left over after planning") and had originally been tolerated, were slowly ordered out by the city.
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  • The three islands are the hidden gems of Amsterdam. No mass tourism!!! You can do just by the streets and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Many beautifully renovated warehouses. Nice little workshops of sometimes very well-known artists. We hope that it continues and that too not this beautiful part of Amsterdam by tourists will be flooded.
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  • Walking past the Ship Museum (to your left) simply walk along Kattenburgerstraat until after say 10 mins walk, you get to JavaBrug. This bridge with great views and a pedestrian lane takes you over to...  more »
  • This area is pleasant to take a stroll, lots of plaques telling you the history of a building and of course the way the warehouses have been converted to housing but keeping in line with the village t...  more »

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