Amsterdam Sights


an impressive old fortification tower of Amsterdam from 1512

The Montelbaanstoren (Montelban Tower) is an old defense tower of the city. It was built in 2 different styles and is located on the beautiful Oude Schans canal. The lower part was built in the 16th century; the spire was added as a decoration later on. Built in 1606 and probably designed by Hendrik de Keyser.

The Montelbaanstower on the Oude Schans in the Lastage neighborhood of Amsterdam

When the city expanded further eastward the defense function of the tower and canal was lost and the Montelbaanstoren - Montelbaan was a family name - got a clock and a few bells. The tower is nicknamed Malle Jaap ('Mad Jaap'), because the bells of the tower once spontaneously started playing at irregular intervals.

How to get there?

tram9, 14 - stop Waterlooplein
metro51, 53, 54 - stop Nieuwmarkt
parkingnearest car park Markenhoven

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Oudeschans 2
Amsterdam (Nieuwmarkt)

official website

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