If you are a traveler who wishes to see different kinds of architecture and their evolution over time, then Amsterdam is the place you should definitely include on your list.
Amsterdam is different from other tourist destinations, as here you can see a coexistence of both culture and modernity that you cannot find anywhere else. The place has fewer high-rise buildings while low-lying buildings with their unique architecture dominate the streets and squares. In fact, these buildings and the streets located parallel to its famous canals are what makes Amsterdam unique from every other place.
Amongst its array of different and historically rich buildings, the Waag stands apart as a noteworthy attraction. The Waag, which translates ‘weigh house’, is actually a remarkable building in Amsterdam that has its origins in the 15th Century. Situated in Nieuwmarkt Square, the Waag is a definitive attraction that you must surely visit during your tours in Amsterdam.
The Waag is among one of the oldest still surviving buildings in Amsterdam and was designated as a Netherlands Heritage Site. The origins of the Waag go back to the year 1425, when it was built initially as a part of numerous wall sections of Amsterdam and served as a city gate known as “St. Anthony’s Gate”. However, the Waag soon lost its prominence in defense and military purposes, and was then used to cover the two canals that bordered the building.
Besides its original intended purpose, the Waag also served different purposes such as a fire station, guildhalls, anatomical theatre, fencing hall, and even executions were carried out in its front.
Visiting the Waag
The Waag is a perfect example of Dutch design and architecture. The four steeple appointments, gabled windows, and red and brown brick entrance are unlike any other sight in Amsterdam. Located on the sides and the front are round towers along with a circular tower attached to the side of the building. There were numerous changes and additions to the buildings made by the guilds such as additional staircases and ornamental decorations.
The Waag underwent major restorations before it was opened to the public in 1996. Now, the upper floors of the building are occupied the Waag society, which is an institute for propagating arts, culture, and technology. They conduct numerous exhibits and seminars regularly, which will certainly be of value to the visitors.
The Restaurant-Café In de Waag is located on the main floor is a perfect place to have a coffee or lunch and serves various other culinary delights. Moreover, three hundred candles and candelabras illuminate the restaurant to create a castle-like feel while serving dinner.