Remnant of the Medival City Wall
You will find the Munttower at the Muntsquare. The tower is a remnant of the medival city wall that was built between 1480 and 1487. The tower is a leftover of the Reguliersgate, which had two towers and a gatehouse in the middle. One of the other old citygates is the Waag in the red light district in Amsterdam.
The name Munttower stems from the fact that during that time, in the outbuilding coins were made. The name Munt came in the Dutch ‘disasteryear’ of 1672. French troops were all over the country and occupied many cities. Amsterdam was still free though, so this city received the right to make coins.
The Dutch word ‘munt’ means ‘coin’. Inside the tower there are 36 bells that were cast in 1651. The whole process of installing the bells in the tower was very complicated. Part of the bells weren’t even ment for this tower! But they ended up there, and they are still used today. Every 15 minutes, a happy jingle comes from the tower, so you will always exactly know the time when you are in the neighborhood.
At the end of the Kalverstraat, the largest shopping street in Amsterdam, you will find the Munttoren. When crossing the street you will see that there is a little arch. In the arch a giftshop is situated that sells typical Dutch souvenirs. Are you done with shopping at the Kalverstraat and on your way towards the Rembrandtsquare. or the Flower Market? Then pay attention, because on your way you can experience another piece of Amsterdam’s rich history.
If you are looking for something to do in the neighborhood of the Munttoren, then stroll over the Flowermarket and participate in a typical Dutch cheesetasting inclusing drinks and bread voor only 10 euros! Click here for more information and tickets.