The 5 most crooked houses in Amsterdam

1) Vijzelgracht

The construction of this underground North-South line has exceeded every planning and budget limit, and on top of that, has caused a significant nuisance. In 2008 and 2012, several monumental 17th-century houses along Vijzelgracht sagged 15-23 cms because of the construction work, forcing residents to temporarily leave their homes.

Amsterdam - Vijzelgracht

Vijzelgracht 4-10 and 20-26

2) Sluyswacht

This very crooked free-standing house was built in 1695 as the lockkeeper’s house, opposite the Rembrandt House museum. One of the oldest pictures of this lock was painted by Rembrandt when he still lived across from it. In the last twenty years Sluyswacht has been a cafe.

a black crooked house the Sluyswacht in Amsterdam

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3) The Dancing Houses

There’s almost something comical about the way these houses seem to lean into one another. However, their crooked stance is a tell-tale sign that the marshy ground these monuments were built on isn’t all that stable. The wooden beams that support them have a mind of their own.

Crooked dancing houses on the canal in Amsterdam

Ⓒ Mike Druckenbrod

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4) Rokin

The buildings on Rokin used to be near the water, but this last section of the Amstel River was drained in the 1930s. A Persian rug store and an art dealer were initially located here. In 2003 the building was vacant and was squatted twice in a year. It has since been renovated, but has retained its distinctly crooked shape.

Amsterdam houses in Rokin

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5) Spiegelgracht

This tiny house with its clock gable comfortably rests on its neighbour. The 17th-century Spiegelgracht, a canal opposite the Rijksmuseum, is lined with galleries, art shops and jewelleries, and has several crooked houses. Canal houses often leaned forward so their façades wouldn’t be damaged when hoisting goods up into the attic.

Amsterdam - Spiegelgracht

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