Waterlooplein flea market

Waterlooplein Flea market is oldest and most interesting market in Amsterdam, best for the second hand clothing.

Big outdoor bazaar has about 300 stands with new and second hand clothes, shoes, old military uniforms, old books, video’s and DVD’s, antiques, electronics and a lot of useless things.

The square itself has been created in 1880 on the place of the two canals, Leprozengracht and Houtgracht. Since 1893 the biggest and the most important Jewish market in Amsterdam has been created there. This has been ended in 1941 with the persecution of Jews by Germany Nazi’s.

After the World War II, the Waterlooplein market was reborn, first as a general bazaar, then in the 60’s and 70’s as a trading place connected with the youth culture. Amsterdam has been a magnet for the hippies from all over Europe.

Between 1977-1984, the market had to move, due to building of Town hall and the opera. After construction has been completed, market returned to its present location.

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