The eastern harbor (Oostelijk Havengebied in Dutch) is a neighborhood which is located in between the Rhine canal and the IJ Lake. The idea behind such a harbor in the nineteenth century was to ease the trading with Dutch East Indies (Current Indonesia). Though the place is not a harbor anymore it is one of the most attractive tourist places of the whole Netherlands with its panoramic views. The area is comprised of 1/3 portion of land and 2/3 of water. The main attractions are the artificial islands (Peninsulas) like Java and KNSM which offers pleasant views over the water. These islands occupy some of the high quality buildings like Barcelona and Whale. Sunset can be viewed at utmost perfection from either Java or Jan Schaefer Bridge. The warehouses in the java peninsula are a treat to watch. The Oosterlijke Handelskade known as Eastern Quay is a central element of the harbor which offers the views of most modern and amazingly shaped architecture with its all perfection. The Lloyd hotel with the design of that maritime past still offers great food at affordable price. And the place is rightly an official National monument of Amsterdam.
See also : A stroll through the DeWallen Red Light District
How to reach:
By Bus: Take Bus no. M 54 from Centraal Station which goes via Bijimer Arena.
By Metro: The nearest metro station is the Centraal Station.
By Tram: Go via the trams 10, 16 and 26.
Tickets: The admission is free.
Timings: The Eastern harbor remains always open.
Address: Hoekenrode 4, 1102 BR Amsterdam Zuidoost.
Telephone: +31 20 737 1645."