Question 1: Easter
From the bar walk to the right. The Albert Cuyp market is a market that you can visit six days a week and one of the busiest markets in the Netherlands. The market is named after a Dutch painter from Dordrecht. Halfway along the Cuyp you will see the statue of André Hazes on the right. Hazes is a Dutch folk singer and did spend his childhood in the neighborhood of De Pijp.
Question 2: André Hazes
Turn left at the end of the Albert Cuypstraat and walk towards Frederiksplein. Do you see that the lampposts on the square all have crowns?
Question 3: Math question
From Frederiksplein continue to the Utrechtsestraat, a street full of specialist shops and restaurants. This street is named after the city, you probably guessed it, Utrecht. In this street you will find Café Bouwman, a brown pub founded in 1940. The owner of this pub sometimes visits our bar.
Question 4: Café Bouwman
Go to Dragshowbar Lellebel on Utrechtsestraat 4. This bar has recently been taken over by a regular visitor of Bar Buka. Now they are renovating the bar and they are planning to open directly after the lockdown. Answer the question you will find outside on the wall.
Question 5: Amsterdammertje
Continue to Rembrandtplein. On this square you can see the iron Rembrandt monument. This is the oldest existing statue in Amsterdam. Many Amsterdammers call this square the RembrandtSplein. For more than a century this has also been written on the street name sign, but it really has to be without that S. However, the name is so well established that the ‘s’ is still pronounced. The many restaurants and cafes make this square one of the most famous party areas in Amsterdam.
Question 6: Bar Buka range
Go to the Halvemaansteeg. The Halvemaansteeg has become known for several gay cafes, including Café Montmartre.
Question 7: Café Montmartre
Cross the Halvemaansbrug and continue to the Aluminiumbridge. This drawbridge is so called because the bridge deck of this bridge was the first in the Netherlands made of aluminium. Previously there were all love locks on this bridge. But these relatively heavy locks were a threat to the relatively light construction of the bridge and so they were removed by order of the Gemeente Amsterdam.
At the Aluminumbridge you have Cafde de Doelen. Here you can use the toilet for €1, but if you have a drink it´s for free.
Question 8: Bar Buka guests
Cross the Aluminium Bridge, so that you are on the even side of the Kloveniersburgwal. There are various monuments on the Kloveniersburgwal, including the entrance to the Oudemanshuispoort. The passage of this gate runs from the Kloveniersburgwal (next to no. 82) to the Oudezijds Achterburgwal. In the public part of the Oudemanhuispoort you will find a daily book market, but due to the lockdown it´s closed.
Question 9: True Colours
At a certain moment you will see the Zuiderkerk on the right. This church is designed in renaissance style. The Zuidertoren is the tower of this church and is 68 meters high.
Question 10: Zuiderkerk tower
Go straight on and eventually you will end up at Nieuwmarkt. Many Jewish people used to live in the Nieuwmarkt area.
Question 11: Tramline
At Nieuwmarkt you will find lots of bars, restaurants and monumental buildings. Many Chinese people now live and work in this area, so you see street names in both Dutch and Chinese characters.
Question 12: Amsterdam Museum
Continue from Nieuwmarkt to the Zeedijk. The Zeedijk was built to protect our city against numerous floods. Go to Zeedijk nr. 63, this used to be café Amstelstroom. This was taken over in 1927 and became Café ‘t Mandje. This is one of the first cafes where gays and lesbians didn’t have to hide their true nature. However, kissing or being soggy was not allowed by the owner. At that time, there were moral laws and the liquor license could be in danger.
Question 13: Café ‘t Mandje
Walk to Café the Queen’s Head, this is further left.
Question 14: Café the Queen’s head
At the end of the Zeedijk you will find the Sint-Olofskapel on the left, the second oldest church building in Amsterdam. Over the years, the building lost its religious function and now houses a conference center.
Question 15: Olof’s Chapel
Originally, Amsterdam was full of wooden houses, but practically nothing has survived. Amsterdam currently has two wooden houses, one is on the Zeedijk. Do you see the wooden house built in 1550? Look up on your right. In the 17th century this was an hostel and many sailors wasted all their money here. Many could not pay their bill. The owner asked one of his customers to bring him a monkey from the tropics to settle his debt. Other sailors brought monkeys too, until the place was full of monkeys…and fleas. The Dutch expression ‘in de aap gelogeerd’ comes from here: then you got yourself in trouble.
Now turn left to the Warmoesstraat. This street and this area is also seen as the heart of Amsterdam’s fetish and leather scene.
Question 16: Bar Buka staff
Walk via the Oudebrugsteeg to the Damrak. Where the Damrak now runs used to be the harbor. Until the mid-nineteenth century ships could load and unload there, now this is a shopping street. The Damrak is part of the Rode Loper (red carpet): the route from Central Station, through the historic city center, to the Ferdinand Bolstraat in de Pijp.
Question 17: Same-sex marriage
Via the Damrak continue to the Dam. There are more than 2.5 million little stones on Dam Square, the historic heart of Amsterdam. Dam Square is not only popular with tourists, but also with pigeons. On average there are 250 pigeons per day on the Dam. On the west side you will see the Royal Palace. Like much of Amsterdam’s city center, the Royal Palace is built on wooden stilts. 13,659 to be exact.
Question 18: Amsterdam slogan
Now go on to Mumami at Paleisstraat 135, this street is at the left side behind the Palace. This used to be the gay bookshop Vrolijk. The physical store no longer exists, but luckily there is still the webshop.
Question 19: Bookshop Vrolijk
Turn left and continue your walk to Spui via the Spuistraat. This street runs in a more or less north-south direction. Water used to flow here too, the Spuistraat was no longer a canal after 1867.
Question 20: Amsterdam Canals
From the Spui move on to Koningsplein. ´Plein` means square, but this square, which is not actually a square, is currently undergoing a major renovation, creating more space for pedestrians.
Question 21: Bar Buka renovation
From Koningsplein continue to the Reguliersdwarsstraat. This street is particularly well known for its gay-friendly nightlife and businesses. The street even has its own website, www.reguliers.net. At Taboo bar you will find the next question.
Question 22: Taboo bar
At the crossroads turn right to the Vijzelstraat. This street is also under construction as they are as well creating more space for pedestrians and a bicycle lane. You have to cross several times, so watch out for all traffic. The Vijzelstraat changes into the Vijzelgracht and via the Weteringcircuit you walk back to the Albert Cuypstraat. On the Stadhouderskade you can see the former Heineken Brewery. The Heineken Experience is now located there. In this museum you get a glimpse into the brewing process and learn about the philosophy behind Heineken.
Question 23: Heineken
Talking about beer will make you thirsty, so it’s time to walk back to the bar. There you can hand in your reply form. Due to the corona rules, it is not allowed to hang around in the bar or directly in front of our bar.
Before you submit your form, we have one more question for you.
Question 24: Estimation question
You can buy a drink to go when you return. In the coming the week we will announce the winners of the Bar Buka Easter walk.
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