In the area surrounding the river IJ, the great body of water behind the Central Station, there has been considerable development over the last years. When you walk along the water you will be amazed at how modern urban architecture has transformed this part of Amsterdam with a completely unique look. Here you will find an apartment complex which resembles a whale and a stunning red snake-like bridge. Also located in this area are several trendy shops and galleries offering design and art. Go and explore the Eastern Harbour Area with the special architecture & design walking tour available at the information offices of the Amsterdam Tourism & Convention Board.