About the NeighborhoodIn the picturesque Jordaan neighborhood you will find lots of art galleries, markets and nostalgic homes like Anne Frank's house. Most of the canals in the neighborhood are named after different trees and flowers, and therefore the name of the neighborhood appears to be in the word jardin, in French. However, it is speculated that perhaps it is actually named after one of the canals that pass through the neighborhood, the Prinsengracht Canal, formerly known as Jordaan, after the famous river.
At the beginning of the 17th century, when the neighborhood was built, it was home to the lower classes, the working class and the workers who built the city's canals and bridges. The famous painter Rembrandt spent his last years here, having lost all his possessions and money and had to live modestly. The neighborhood at that time was dirty, the canals felt like open sewers and the apartments were not inviting, because they looked like slums.
After World War II, the population changed slightly. That was when young students and artists began to arrive.
Today you will find quite a few art galleries and music clubs where you can pass the time. The streets are full of bookstores, cafes, antique shops, art galleries, pubs and restaurants. There are also several points worth visiting: the Westerkerk Church, the Anne Frank House and the Nordermarkt Market. Every year the Jordaan Festival - Jordaanfestival - is held here.