Yab Yum (Tibetan for Father & Mother) was a notorious sex club, ergo brothel de luxe.
It was housed in a canal house and well decorated at the inside.
The club was started by Theo Heuft in 1976; in 1999 he was forced to sell his business to well-known criminals. In 2008 the place was closed by the Lord Mayor of Amsterdam on reason of money laundering.
In 2010 Chris Kraijpoel buys the house and tries to restart the brothel in vain.
From September 2013 it became a "museum".
Admission: €17,50 (Adult)
We-Su: 11AM - 6PM
The Lord Mayor of Amsterdam lives in the official Lord Mayor's canal house at the Herengracht 502. It's a double family house with 45 rooms, constructed in 1667 for Paulus Godin, the general manager of the Westindische Compagnie. In later centuries the house was the head office of the Nederlandse Handelmaatschappij. That bank wanted to build a new Head Office around the corner at the Vijzelstraat with more top floor than the building code allowed. As a go-around, the canal house was given to the Counsel of Amsterdam and the new office (The Bazel building) was constructed.
Since 1926 the Lord Mayor of Amsterdam lives at the Herengracht. The ground and first floor are in use for receptions and dinners. The Lord Mayor lives on the upper floors.
At the rear of the house is an amazing inner garden.
The building is open to the public on Heritage Days only.
Den Heeren Drie are three canal houses at Herengracht 526, 528 and 530; all three are at the list of Amsterdam monuments.
Nr. 526 dates from 1685 and was build for broker Gerrit Loot. Nrs. 528 and 530 were build for Hendrik Trip, an arms trader.
Nr. 528 has a long history of reconstruction. The most remarkable was the gable embellishment in 1870, what gave the house the name House With The Dolphins.
In 1971 the three houses were bought by the University of Amsterdam and used as administrative offices for some faculties.
In 1988 The three houses were combined and transformed into 14 living apartments.
In 2005 plans were made to transform nr. 528 into a meeting place for the Sense of Place organisation. A new renovation will be completed in 2014.
The houses are not open to the general public, except for maybe during the heritage days, but the front exterior is interesting enough during a canal walk.
The late August Sunday afternoon we took our canal tour was very busy on the canals. Our commentator informed us the students were partying on the canal as university term commences next day. Rain , alcohol and boats do not mix together and there were several close calls. When the rain was heavy the uni students sheltered their open boats under a bridge, thus closing the canal to water traffic.
I guess we were all young once.
“Have you noticed that Amsterdam’s concentric canals resemble the circles of hell? The middle-class hell, of course, peopled with bad dreams. When one comes from the outside, as one gradually goes through those circles, life — and hence its crimes — becomes denser, darker. Here, we are in the last circle.”
— from “The Fall,” 1956 by Albert Camus (1913-1960)
BIRD’S EYE VIEW Along 62 miles of canals, 1,500 bridges connect 90 islands in Amsterdam’s center. When seen from above, or on a map, the city’s canals clearly resemble not so much concentric circles but concentric semicircles.
Camus’s cynicism did not influence our enjoyment of Amsterdam’s charming waterways and bridges. The city is the farthest thing from hell. With such friendly inhabitants, a very relaxed atmosphere, charming architecture and interesting sights, if Amsterdam is hell, count me in. The canals are delightful; they keep the city damp. It is always cool in town.
Canals, harbors and rivers fill 25% of Amsterdam’s surface area, making it the most watery city in the world. These waterways have been its heart and soul since its founding in 1250. That was year that saw the building of the Dam that gave the city its name. Aeme Stelle Redamme comes from Medieval Dutch; it means Dam in a Watery Area. The canals have also been the source of the city’s wealth.
The city's most famous sight are the 17th-century canals of Amsterdam (in Dutch: 'Grachtengordel'), located in the heart of Amsterdam, they are added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Amsterdam took its name from the river. The city developed out of a small fishing village called "Amstelredam", built in the 13th century alongside a dam at the mouth of the river. The town was granted city rights around 1300. The hamlet developed into the small town "Amsteldam", which later became "Amsterdam".
Amsterdam is situated 2 metres above sea level. The surrounding land is flat as it is formed of large polders. Amsterdam is connected to the North Sea through the long North Sea Canal.
Amsterdam has been called the "Venice of the North" for its more than one hundred kilometres of canals, about 90 islands and 1,500 bridges. The three main canals, Herengracht, Prinsengracht, and Keizersgracht, dug in the 17th century during the Dutch Golden Age, form concentric belts around the city, known as the grachtengordel. Alongside the main canals are 1550 monumental buildings.
You can watch my 2 min 50 sec Video Amsterdam Amstel and Channels part 2 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.
Amsterdam has been called the 'Venice of the North' for its 100 kilometers of canals,about 90 islands and over 1500 bridges.The three main canals:Herengracht,Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht,dug in the 17th century during the Dutch Golden Age,form concentric belts around the city,known as the 'Grachtengordel'.Alongside the main canals are 1550 monumental buildings.The canal ring area is on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
“The Jews who have arrived would nearly all like to remain here, but learning that they (with their customary usury and deceitful trading with the Christians) were very repugnant to the inferior magistrates, as also to the people having the most affection for you; the Deaconry also fearing that owing to their present indigence they might become a charge in the coming winter, we have, for the benefit of this weak and newly developing place and the land in general, deemed it useful to require them in a friendly way to depart, praying also most seriously in this connection, for ourselves as also for the general community of your worships, that the deceitful race -- such hateful enemies and blasphemers of the name of Christ -- be not allowed to further infect and trouble this new colony to the detraction of your worships and the dissatisfaction of your worships' most affectionate subjects.”
— from a letter, dated 22.September.1654, from Peter Stuyvesant to the directors of the Dutch West India Company
At Herenmarkt, off Brouwersgracht, is West-Indisch Huis (West India House), which in 1623 became the Dutch West India Company’s headquarters. In the courtyard of is a fountain topped by a bronze of Peter Stuyvesant, the one-legged governor of Nieuw Amsterdam, the Dutch colony on the USA’s east coast that is now New York City.
There's nothing more romantic than going for a wander at night and viewing the many canals all lit up with night lights.
We only got to do this the first night in Amsterdam in between the drizzle. I may have got enough video footage and stills to make a quick video....so stay tuned.
About half of the Netherlands is below sea level, which means that cruise ships depart from Amsterdam and sail through a canal with locks to reach the open seas. If you are on a cruise ship and leaving Amsterdam, be on deck to watch the ship sail to the ocean. There are fascinating things to see everywhere, like wind turbines, locks, other boats. It is one of the most interesting and active ports I have seen while cruising.
The city center of Amsterdam is characterisized by its small streets, canals and canal houses. These usually small, but tall houses with very special gable tops that can have many different shapes: bell, funnel, stepped and neck among others. Here you'll find an excellent site about historic houses and gable types.
These are the white plastic paddleboats you see hapless tourists paddling along bumping into houseboats along the way----it's actually funny to watch them, especially if you are renting a houseboat instead of a hotel room----sitting on your deck watching the folk splashing along---the water is not very clean remember......if interested check out the website---sometimes hard to navigate tho----they also do tours with groups of paddleboats----now that is a scary proposition! Mass traffic jams! This site also accesses their other features so check them out for other canal options...
The Herengracht (Gentleman's Canal) is is the first and the most elegant of the three major canals in the city centre of Amsterdam. The most fashionable part is called the Golden Bend, with many double wide mansions, inner gardens and coach houses on the Keizersgracht
The more than one hundred kilometers of canals in Amsterdam, about 90 islands and 1500 bridges have led the city to being termed the "Venice of the North The three main canals Herengracht, Prinsengracht, and Keizersgracht, dug in the 17th century, during the Dutch Golden Age, form a concentric belt around the city, known as the grachtengordel. Alongside the main canals are 1550 monumental buildings.
Amsterdam is world famous for its many canals (grachten) which have led it to being called the "Venice of the North".
There are many tour operators that have sightseeing cruises along these canals taking in attractions such as the well preserved 17th century merchant homes and also the famous red-light district.