Amsterdam's hidden gems revealed by local guide


Reinier Meijerwill dedicates his time to showing visitors the very best of Amsterdam and his local knowledge and years of insight can make a short visit to the city an unforgettable visit.

One of his highlights is the Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder (Our Lord in the Attic), a Catholic church which was established in 1661 by a socking seller. He set up the secret church a time in which Catholics were not openly allowed to practise their beliefs, allowing his son to study for his priesthood. Now, it is regarded as the oldest museum in Amsterdam and both the attic and house are in near-original state.

Another of his hidden gems is the Woonbootmuseum (Houseboat museum) which gives visitors a good idea of what it feels like to live on the city's canals. Around 2,400 houseboats can now be found on Amsterdam's canals, but the Hendrika Maria is the only houseboat museum in the world.

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