Last weekend was like the Great Deluge in Amsterdam. I think it literally did not stop raining for a million hours.
And I had poor Californians visiting! NOT the best way to go sight-seeing in Amsterdam!
But they were troopers and we made the best of it. We tried to watch the rain radar like hawks, plan carefully, and find cozy spots to dry off in.
Which led us to De Schreierstoren.
I’ve walked past here probably dozens of times. The building itself has always looked fascinating. But I figured that in the neighborhood it’s in… was probably not worth it. After all – there is no city in the world where the neighborhood right around the train station is great.
On this rainy and cold October afternoon – it was perfect though!
So – almost across from the Centraal Station, veer just a little to your left (with station behind you) to find this old tower with brickwork dating back to the 1560s.
Pronouncing the name is almost impossible – in fact, it’s a debate even among the Dutch what the word exactly means in modern lingo – but the interior is cozy… dark and woody… with old built in shelves and tables squeezed in close to each other among the brick, wood and candles.
TIP: Go downstairs to the bathroom BEFORE the third round! It’s a steep climb!
Their deck has promise for sunnier days – looking over the canal. Hundred years ago it would have looked out towards the sea… and one can almost imagine Henry Hudson waving good bye to his friends when he took ship from this corner of Amsterdam in 1607… heading for New Amsterdam and a new world.