Eastern Docklands, Amsterdam
On the Eastern Docklands we find the following districts; KNSM-eiland, Java-eiland, Sporenburg and Borneo-eiland.
The harbor area was constructed in the late nineteenth century to allow for increasing trade with the Dutch East Indies; a new location was necessitated by the construction of the Amsterdam Centraal railway station, which replaced the old quays.
The area, about 2/3 water and 1/3 land, consists of an extension of the Oostelijke Handelskade, east of the center of town, and four artificial "islands" (peninsulas), all of which were former industrial and harbor locations.
In the early 2000s, after a large-scale reorganization, the city's biggest post-World War II building project, the Eastern Docklands was home to some 17,000 people living in some of the highest population densities in the Netherlands.
Most ships and barges in the area have been transformed into houseboats. The area is surrounded by water. In the summermonths we even have a hotspot on the Borneokade for sunbathing and swimming.
Amsterdam city center can be reached by bike,tram or bus in about 15-20 minutes.