Westerkerk (West Church)
At 279 feet, the Westerkerk tower looks over Jordaan like a protective grandparent. While it is a natural place to start this tour, the Westerkerk is not technically part of the Jordaan.
The Jordaan is bordered to the east by the Prinsengracht (Prince's Canal), which ambles by Westerkerk, so the Jordaan is officially across the canal from Westerkerk. Westerkerk was originally built for the wealthy merchant-class inhabitants of the western canal ring. Some say Prinsengracht was created to keep the working-class Jordaan residents separate from their wealthy neighbors. The Noorderkerk (North Church), which you'll see later, was built for the Jordaaneese.
Westerkerk is open to the public Monday-Friday 11am-3pm (April-October). It is free to view the interior of the church and costs €5 to climb the tower, which you have to be at least 6 years old to climb. Church services (in Dutch) are 10:30am Sundays.
Walk north along Prinsengracht and pass Anne Frank House at No. 265. Continue north, noticing the varied gables of the canal houses until you reach the door to house Nos. 85-133, which is the entrance to POI #2, Hofje van Brienen.
Address: Prinsengracht 281 1016 GW Amsterdam 1016 GW Amsterdam
Hours: Monday through Friday 11:00am – 3:00pm (April – October)