Hannekes Boom




Around 1650, the number of inhabitants of Amsterdam increased to 200,000, and the canals were further excavated. The last Singelgracht with the many bolts must protect the city from any invaders. Access to the city is gained from the north via the guarded openings in the double-pillar row so that the ships could not just enter the city. In the watch houses placed on poles (trees), the soldiers and servants of the Admiralty monitored the inbound and outbound goods. The various openings each had their own name, and there were some of them: the Keerweersboom, the Admiraliteitsboom, the Nieuwebrugsboom, the Zoutkeetsboom and: Hannekes Boom! When opening and closing these openings (every night, trunks were chained to chains in the openings, to open them again each morning), The “tree bell” became sound. And who, after closing, wanted to stay in Amsterdam, only had a choice between the Tolhuis on the other side of the IJ, or the Nieuwe Stadsherberg. … Hannekes Boom has been on the map since 1662! Stichting Hannekes Boom … Since 1662, the Kop Dijksgracht has again made a nautical quarter, so that you can enjoy it in this story again.

Hannekes Boom … since 1662

Tree bell in Old church in Amsterdam 1325 – Hannekes Boom … since 1662The “tree bell” were the four great bells of the Old Church (from 1325!): Faith, Hope, Love and Freedom; They acted together as a tree bell that sealed the ships on the city’s reasoning that the port was closing.

Loud clocks
The four big clocks were of great importance to the city. Not only did they call, and they still call the residents to come to church service, but also warned of fire and other evil.

Before the street lighting was introduced, the clocks were closed to make it clear that a lantern could only be taken over the street from a certain time. People without a lantern were considered to be stunned.

The ‘boom clock’ made the skippers clear that the barriers between the IJ and Damrak open and closed and the crossings with floating logs were chained to chains, so they knew when they could sail the city in and out. The clocks sounded at weddings, funerals and other important moments. Still, they are regularly sounded, for example at the entrance of St. Nicolaas.

The Old Church actually has two towers. On top of the Celebration of the Church is a second, much smaller tower, which traditionally had an angelic bell that was sounded during the service during the ‘Our Father’. In 2006, this old tradition was re-introduced after a new clock was suspended in the roof cruiser of the ship of the church.

Tree bell in Old church in Amsterdam 1325 – Hannekes Boom … since 1662

In 1659 four loud clocks were cast by the famous François Hemony. Of these, the biggest and the smallest are left. The other two clocks were cast again in 1689 and 1771 by Claude Fremy and Pieter Seest.

The first loudspeaker weighs 3700 kg, with a diameter of 1.75 m and has a beating tone.
The second loudspeaker weighs 1700 kg, with a diameter of 1.40 m and has a beatoon d ‘.
The third loudspeaker weighs 875 kg, with a diameter of 1.17 m and has a beating tone.
The fourth loudspeaker weighs 450 kg, with a diameter of 87 cm and has a beat tone. ”

Together, the clocks form the musical ‘Amsterdam’ agreement do-mi-sol-do.

It is summer and so we spend summer sessions with Las Chicas del Barrio on Sunday 3 September!

Due to repeated success at Hannekes Boom, they are now playing again after months. LAS CHICAS DEL BARRIO.
Everyone is welcome to enjoy the salsa, sun, cumbia, merengue and bolerocha, with a refreshed, partly new repertoire.

Las Chicas del Barrio (The Meiden from the Neighborhood) is also really close by, but play music from distant regions, from Cuba and the surrounding area. Do you enjoy tropical Caribbean or South American spheres with a cold beer or cocktail and enjoy the exciting Latin music of the always enthusiastic Chicas!

10 sep
Sunday | 15.30 | free

24 sep
Sunday | 15.30 | free

1 Oct
Sunday | 15.30 | free

Look for our changing week menu at: https://www.facebook.com/HannekesBoom/

Curious about our lunch or bubble card? Scroll down!


A brown or white bacon falafel with tahin, carrot, radish, onion, lettuce and harissa 8.50

A brown or white sandwich of cheese with cucumber, rettich and mustard dressing 6.50

A brown or white lamb ham with spinach, carrot, pickled onion and egg 9.00

Panini with beef pastry, cheese, zucchini and salami cheese 7.50

A brown or white sandwich of lamsmerguez with coleslaw and tzatziki 9.00

A brown or white sandwich of shrimp croquettes with dill-lemon mayonaise 9.50

A brown or white bacon baking bowl with pickled vegetables and pepper 8.00

Caesar salad with anchovies, parmesan, croutons and egg 9.50

Soup of the day 6.50

Apple pie 5.00

Cheesecake 5.00

Alternate cake 5.00

Bitter balls (6 pieces) * 4.50

Cheese stems (6 pieces) * 4.50

Loempia (8 pieces) * 4.50

Bittergarnituur (18 pieces) *12.50

Shrimps 5.50

Nachos 7.50

Lebanese flatbread with hummus 6.50

Focaccia with rosemary and aioli


Morcilla Ibérica (Ibiza pork sausage)


Goat brie with onion compote and toast


Olives *




* Can also be ordered after 22:00.

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Dijksgracht 4
Amsterdam 1019 BS NH NL
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Sun - Thu: 10:00 to 01:00 Fri - Sat: 10:00 AM to 3:00 AM Reserve? Call 020-4199820 (please note: Hanneke only reserves a deposit ) Working with Hanneke? Send a nice e-mail to work@HannekesBoom.nl Do you have a nice idea for an event with or at Hanneke? Or a BBQ, crazy birthday party, company party or something special? Send your nice idea to: event@HannekesBoom.nl and we will provide you with all the necessary information. Use this address for groups from 25 people. Do you like playing live with your band on Sundays? Then send an email to music@HannekesBoom.nl and who knows we can have a nice Sunday. Note : The Dijksgracht has become a traffic trap; The Dijkspark (the head of the Dijksgracht) is now pedestrianized area; park your scooter on Oosterdokseiland or scooter parking. Visiting for cars: Oosterdokskade (across the bridge cyclists).