Once you’re taking a walk in Amsterdam South, more closely the Rijnsburgstraat on the west side of the Schinkel canal, don’t skip a visit to this national heritage site, an old cemetery of the Dutch Reformed Church.
Legend has it, that the name (“House to ask”) comes from Maximilian the 1st, Habsburg emperor, who asked the way to Amsterdam at this spot in 1489.
While the site has been a cemetery since the sixteen hundreds, no funeral has taken place since the 1960s, when the site was declared to be full.
Since then, the garden is maintained by a volunteer couple (the Dutch are famous for their community volunteering) and can be visited in the daytime, until 5 PM in the summer and until 4 PM in winter times.
During my visit that was over an hour on a weekday, I haven’t run into any other visitor and even though it was freezing cold, I don’t think there are huge masses visiting the garden in summer time either. A hidden treasure, a calm getaway spot in the Dutch capital, something that’s worth a visit when you’re in the neighborhood.