a Leidse Loop

Leidseplein can be a pleasant oasis on a nice spring morning in Amsterdam

Leidseplein, Leidsegracht and Spiegelgracht Walk

1.3 miles – 2.2 kilometres

The bustling Leidseplein can be a pleasant oasis on a nice spring morning. This ‘Leidse Loop’ walk is a mixture of leafy canals and semi-pedestrian streets full of art for the interested passer-by. There's lots to see and enjoy on this walk that loops the Leidseplein.

a Leidse Loop Walk in Amsterdam (follow link to see in Google maps)

Best to do this short walk early unless you like joining the droves. After admiring the various buildings on the Leidseplein, take the steps down to the pedestrian boardwalk beside the water; the steps are opposite the front of the American Hotel. Here you are just to the right of the Apple Centre which is housed in the magnificent ‘Hirsch Building’, check it out.

From the boardwalk, you'll see weeping willow, huge plane trees, conifers, birch, plus rhododendron. Later, after re-crossing the Leidseplein on the S.E. side, this route continues along under the plane trees of the Lijnbaansgracht and from the first bridge on the Spiegelgracht, you'll have a fine view of the Rijks. To add a pinch of art & culture, we continue northwards through the Spiegelstraat whose many galleries have wonderful paintings and sculptures on view in their shop-windows. Finally you will return to the Leidseplein via the Herengracht and then the Leidsegracht (canal) after crossing the Leidsestraat (which is one of the famous Dutch streets). As you amble along the Leidsegracht, you will pass the celebrated TFIOS canal-bench (the one made famous in the film The Fault in our Stars), but you'll have to find it yourself - a difficult assignment ha ha.

You could continue on to the Leidsekade and Leidsebosje (bosje = small wooded area) if you're feeling energetic and if so, be sure to give the massive plane trees your full attention. Or just return to the Leidseplein via the Lijnbaansgracht passing the famous Milky Way (Melkweg) music centre which has enjoyed a big reputation back since the hippy days.
This is quite a restful and leafy walk yet still in ‘the thick of things’.

good time for this walk spring summer autumn winter
area of walk north  
west centre east