Amsterdam Westpoort

harbour and business area

Westpoort (Western Gateway) is located in the north-western part of Amsterdam and covers the main harbour and industrial area of the city. It is one of the 8 boroughs (stadsdelen) of Amsterdam.


Marvelous view on board of a cruise ship in Amsterdam's harbour

Port of Amsterdam

The port of Amsterdam is the 4th busiest seaport in Europe. In the Dutch Golden Age the port was one of the main harbours of the Dutch East India Company.

The port is located on the banks of the IJ and the North Sea Canal, that was dug between 1865 and 1876.

The Port of Amsterdam is also the 3rd biggest cruise port in Europe with 140 sea cruise ships and 1500 river cruise ships. Almost 700,000 cruise passengers per year visit Amsterdam. Amsterdam has 2 cruise terminals: the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam in the city centre, and one behind the locks in IJmuiden.

From office area to urban district

Unlike the other Amsterdam boroughs, Westpoort has very few permanent inhabitants (only 198 inhabitants in 2018). It is rather an industrial area - with businesses, offices and industry - than a neighborhood.

The area around Sloterdijk Station transforms in full swing from office area to a mixed work and residential area. In the coming years 2,000 houses will be built in the surrounding of Station Sloterdijk. Recently many hotels have opened their doors in former office buildings.


The office environment is quite boring and you do not really feel like you're in Amsterdam, but it is very easy and convenient to travel to the city centre. It takes only 5 minutes by train to get to Centraal Station. Hotels near Station Sloterdijk in Westpoort are very cheap compared to hotels in Amsterdam city.

In summer, the Meininger hotel acts as a youth hostel. Large groups of teenagers - mostly from England, Germany, France and Spain - use the hotel as a base to discover Amsterdam.

In wintertime the hotels are not fully booked.

Tip for visitors: rent a bike

Rent a bike at one of the bicycle rentals in the old city of Amsterdam, take the ferry and visit and discover the beauty of the Amsterdam Waterland. The panorama is spectacular as you are able to view kilometers of meadows, water, shores, cane fields, dikes, villages and typical farmhouses.

Accommodation Best Choices


Urban Lodge Hotel    Sloterdijk


Moxy Houthavens    Houthavens

Restaurants Tips


Helden    Sloterdijk


ADAM's ID    Sloterdijk


Wissenkerke    Sloterdijk

more impressions of Amsterdam Westpoort
Pontsteiger, iconic residential building on the Houthaven, one of the old ports of Amsterdam
The port of Amsterdam is the biggest import port of cocoa in the world
Windmill 'De 1200 Roe' (1632)  
photo: Rein Arler
Fashion company PVH , parent company of Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, with its head office at the head of the Minervahaven. The building leans forward, referring to the bow of a ship
Cruise ship moored at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam in the IJhaven
Petruskerk (St. Peter's Church) from the 17th century in the old village of Sloterdijk, in which Vincent van Gogh's grandparents were married (in 1811) - photo: René Hoeflaak)
Orlyplein and Sloterdijk Railway Station building on the border with Amsterdam Westpoort
Aerial photo of the Petroleumhaven in Westpoort
photo: WikiCommons/CC BY-SA 3.0
REM Eiland  - a panorama restaurant in a former broadcast platform of an illegal television station
Westerunie  Night Club
New urban area around Station Amsterdam Sloterdijk. Empty office buildings become huge tourist hotels.