NDSM Wharf: A Place Beyond Belief

One of the coolest free things to do in Amsterdam is visit the NDSM wharf, an old shipping dock where you can find plenty to see, and on many days of the year, you can also enjoy the scheduled activities, including festivals and concerts. The wharf is accessible by a free GVB ferry from behind Amsterdam Centraal that takes about 15 minutes. They run pretty frequently so you don’t run much risk of being stranded. But even if you are, you can always enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants in the wharf, or even grab a room at one of the hotels. Here are some of the sights from NDSM:

At the NDSM wharf, graffiti artists use shipping containers as their canvas.
At the NDSM wharf, graffiti artists use shipping containers as their canvas.

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NDSM graffiti

NDSM graffiti

NDSM graffiti

NDSM Graffiti

NDSM graffiti

The wharf is not just a place for artists to leave their mark on the walls. People actually live here, a most practical use of old shipping containers.

Community of shipping container apartments.
Community of shipping container apartments.
Of course, if you're just swinging through, you can rent a room at one of the wharf's hotels or one of the docked boat-els.
Of course, if you’re just swinging through, you can rent a room at one of the wharf’s hotels or one of the docked boat-els.
The restaurants also make creative use of the abandoned materials of the wharf.
The restaurants also make creative use of the abandoned materials of the wharf.
The wharf is also home to two abandoned train cars which have been decorated like trailer homes.
The wharf is also home to two abandoned train cars which have been decorated like trailer homes.

Abandoned train car