This may not be the thinnest house in the world but this certainly is the narrowest house facade in the world. While I’ve seen some pretty small / thin houses on my walks along the canal, this one seems to be the narrowest. I didn’t find it on my own. I joined a free walking tour guided by a friend and he pointed this out as one of the world’s narrowest houses. Obviously, you can’t disagree by the looks of it.
Is this the Narrowest House in Amsterdam?
Where is it? It’s on 166 Singel Street. But, to make it easier for you, find this statue below.
Multatuli Statue. This is your landmark. Multatuli is a prolific Dutch writer who exposed the atrocities of Dutch colonialism to Indonesia (formerly, the Dutch East Indies). In Latin, his name means, “I have suffered.” The Finnish, however, would laugh at his name because it literally means, “I just came.” 😀 In the Philippines, multa means to fine someone (can be both a verb and a noun) ; tuli means circumcise. Now, go, figure what that means when these words are combined. 😀
If you see the statue above, then, you’re just few steps away from Amsterdam’s narrowest house. Facing the statue, look at the line of houses on your left and you’ll see this.
Let’s take a closer look.
World’s Narrowest House Facade. This should not be confused as the “narrowest in the world” because that title is already claimed by the Keret House in Poland. However, this particular house in Amsterdam has the world’s narrowest house facade. It is much bigger inside.
Now, if you’re done admiring this narrow house, walk on your left to the intersection. You’ll find this tilting house in Amsterdam which is not really surprising since the city is surrounded by canals.
Then, turn right on the tilting house and you’ll see this Grey Area Cafe / Coffee Shop where Snoop Dogg bought (or buys?) his rations. 😀 Be aware that when you say “cafe” or “coffee shop” in Amsterdam, it has a different meaning. 😉 That’s where….. you know… 😉 Though a bit pricey, many would agree that this is the best coffee shop in Amsterdam.
WHERE TO STAY IN AMSTERDAM
I was at Budget Hostel Heart of Amsterdam for three nights. It’s right at the center of the city’s Red Lights District. My bunkbed was by the window on the second floor and from there, I could see the window ladies luring customers. This is an ok hostel with helpful staff. It’s a walking distance to the train station. You can book it through Booking.com.