Ouderkerk aan de Amstel is a cozy village next to Amsterdam, but a lot older than Amsterdam and therefore has a rich history. The first settlements on the site where Ouderkerk aan de Amstel now stands date back to the 11th century. The Amstel River flows from the side of Nes aan de Amstel through Ouderkerk, and on to Amsterdam.
At the end of the 13th century, Nieuwer-Amstel, today's Amstelveen, received its own church. This gave rise to the name Ouderkerk (meaning "old church"), situated on the Amstel. Hence the name Ouderkerk aan de Amstel.
Part of Ouderkerk aan de Amstel is a protected village area. There are several national monuments in the village including the two churches mentioned above, the mill De Zwaan, the Jewish cemetery Beth Haim and the Kerkbrug. If you are going to buy or sell a property in Ouderkerk, it is important to find out whether it falls within the protected village area. Additional rules may then apply.
Those who live in Ouderkerk enjoy the village atmosphere and at the same time live just a 5-minute drive from Amsterdam. Ouderkerk aan de Amstel is therefore a wonderful place to live. Over the past 10 years, the population has grown by 6% to almost 9,000 residents in 2022, and for good reason.
30% of the inhabitants of Ouderkerk aan de Amstel are between the ages of 45 and 65. 46% are younger than 45. By the way, almost half of the inhabitants in Ouderkerk aan de Amstel have a higher education. This is not surprising, considering Ouderkerk is just a stone's throw away from several Universities and Colleges.
The round trip along the polder dike via the Waver is popular with biking and walking enthusiasts from Amsterdam. Other recreational activities include rowing on the Botshol and water fun on the Ouderkerkerplas.
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