The Waag building on the Nieuwmarkt in Amsterdam was originally a city gate. The gate was built in 1488 and is the oldest secular building in the city. It is like a castle with its ponderous towers and solid walls, and standing on the Nieuwmarkt it is right in the middle of the city.
The Waag has had several functions in the course of its turbulent history.
Since 1996, the Waag has once again been open to the public. The ground floor houses a restaurant that can seat 250 guests.
On the second floor, the Anatomy theatre has been given a new lease of life as a setting for today's virtual reality.
When somebody arrives at the Central Station, I advise him to get out and just look outside. He will feel immendiately the sentiment of joy. The first thing one must do is to rent a bicycle (left of CS) and then start entering the streets and touring. Get a map outside the CS where there is a kiosk and ask for all the necessary maps with public transport. It's very easy to wander around over there. The first important thing to impress somebody is to let him pass a bridge over a canal and let him stare around the buildings. About 7000 buildings are aged from 18th and 19th century.
Fondest memory: When the first time I left Amsterdam, I understood that I had been to a place where nobody can understand unless he is there. I actually missed a lot the Leidsplein area, where a simple walking over there can transmit you the rhythm of live in Amsterdam
Favorite thing: photograph this gorgeous looking building called the Weigh House @ St.Antoniespoort at Nieuwmarkt. Isn't it just breathtaking?!