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Jordaan, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Jordaan vacation rentals

The joys of Jordaan

Back in the 1600s, Jordaan was a radical hotbed of working-class politicos. These days, its brick-faced rowhouses have been converted into swish Jordaan vacation rentals, and gentrified mansions hide between the neat alleys, creating what's considered by many to be the most famous inner-city district of Amsterdam. A UNESCO tag for the canals that wiggle through its blocks have bolstered things even more, while the unmissable Anne Frank House and bustling Noordermarkt magnetize visitors to the streets. Jordaan is also rammed with kitsch boutiques, off-beat bars and smoky coffeeshops _ if you know what we mean.

Markets and more in Jordaan

When the Monday morning Noordermarkt bursts with everything from age-stained antiques to curious tribal trinkets, bargain hunters flock to Jordaan. Then there are Saturdays, which see organic produce touted in the farmers' stalls there. Haggling done, you can lose yourself in the narrow lanes and alleys of the area, wandering canals and arched bridges. There are culinary hotspots and foodie workshops and food tours to be found in Westerstraat, and plenty of cozy cafes come vintage boutiques lurking in the courtyards _ you just need to find them.

World-class museums in Jordaan

If you can pull yourself away from the beatnik coffee haunts or stylish Jordaan vacation rentals for a moment, this area of Amsterdam also has some top museums. The most famous of the lot surely has to be the Anne Frank House. Telling the sobering, striking story of Anne Frank and her family, it reveals the secret annex where they hid from the Nazis during WWII. Inside, you'll pass the hinged bookcase which concealed them, and learn all about the destructive and devastating years of war in the Netherlands and Europe.

Jordaan's there throughout the year

As with the rest of Amsterdam, there's no best time to visit the maze-like lanes of pretty Jordaan. Some will come in the summer, the most popular season, to find the cafes and canals in full swing _ barges sail and street shindigs erupt ad hoc between May and September. In the fall, Jordaan vacation rentals can be a bargain, there are fewer folk in the museums, and the rings of canals look gorgeous as the colors change. Winter can mean sporadic falls of snow and rain from December to March, but also some beautiful wonderland walks amid the 17th-century blocks.

Jumping out to Noord from Jordaan

Jordaan's wedged into the inner city of metropolitan Amsterdam. You might think it's far from any real swaths of Dutch nature, but not so. Firstly, there's the uber-famous Vondelpark on its southern fringes, where ponds and ducks and clicking bicycles all merge. A quick jaunt to the docks and a ferry ride will get you to Amsterdam Noord, too. That's the greenest area of the capital, where the verdant fields and pastures and windmill-topped woods of pretty Ransdorp can be discovered.