INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE OF AMSTERDAM : FAMILY COMPANIES
During the Open Monument Days, 8 and 9 September, so many monuments to choose but finally I made up my mind to visit family companies of Amsterdam. They are representatives of survived entrepreneurs with ups and downs plus owners of what would be industrial heritage of the city of the next century. I managed to visit three companies.
First, the warehouse Bijenkorf. Surprisingly, this warehouse has established "The Cultural Heritage Foundation of Bijenkorf" in 2010. This foundation tasks are to compile historical data of the company in almost 150 years of operation and present them in attractive ways to large public. That was what we saw last weekend during the Open Monument Days. And we were allowed to see parts of the warehouse that is usually forbidden for public.
Second, the pickles company Kesbeke in Amsterdam West. I like their products, fresh, delicious and so local.
Third, for the first time since I move to Amsterdam 13 years ago I entered the Heineken Experience building and climbed the roof with a glass of Heineken beer in my hand. We listened to history of the monuments, visited the horses stall with names of Heineken family members and learned how this beer developed from nothing to a world famous brand.
|The Cultural Heritage Foundation of Bijenkorf|
|View from the Bijenkorf Tower|