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If you're planning a citytrip to Amsterdam, here's the place to start
With its unique architectural and cultural heritage, the capital of the Netherlands has attracted travellers from all over the world with its canals and its unmistakeable cosmopolitan atmosphere. A visit to the city on the Amstel is an unforgettable experience.
Tourist favorites in Amsterdam
The Jordaan is a district bordered by four canals: the Lijnbaansgracht canal, the Prinsengracht, the Brouwersgracht and the Leidsegracht. Tracing its roots from 1612, today the Jordaan is one of the most visited destinations in Amsterdam, as well as one of the most expensive, upscale locations in the Netherlands. The Jordaan boasts a number of art galleries, speciality shops and restaurants. It also hosts several markets that are held regularly at Noordermarkt, the Westerstraat and Lindengracht. Other points of interest include the Westerkerk church and the Anne Frank House. Read more
Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam
The Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (Public Library Amsterdam) is a collective name for all public libraries in Amsterdam. The largest of these libraries, the Centrale Bibliotheek, moved to the Prinsengracht in 1977 and 30 years later, in July 2007, to the Oosterdokseiland, just east of Amsterdam Centraal station. It is the largest public library in Europe. The building was designed by Jo Coenen, the former state architect (Rijksbouwmeester) of the Netherlands. Read more
The Concertgebouw is a concert hall. The Dutch term "concertgebouw" literally translates into English as "concert building". Because of its highly regarded acoustics, the Concertgebouw is considered one of the finest concert halls in the world, along with places such as Boston's Symphony Hall and the Musikverein in Vienna. The architect of the building was Adolf Leonard van Gendt, who was inspired by the Neue Gewandhaus in Leipzig, built two years earlier (and destroyed in 1943). Read more
Anne Frank House
The Anne Frank House is a museum dedicated to Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank, who hid from Nazi persecution with her family and four other people in hidden rooms at the rear of the building. As well as the preservation of the hiding place â€” known in Dutch as the Achterhuis â€” and an exhibition on the life and times of Anne Frank, the museum acts as an exhibition space to highlight all forms of persecution and discrimination. Read more
The Rijksmuseum (English: State Museum) is a Dutch national museum on the Museumplein. The museum is dedicated to arts, crafts, and history. It has a large collection ofpaintings from the Dutch Golden Age and a substantial collection of Asian art. It also displays the stern of the HMS Royal Charles which was captured in the Raid on the Medway, and the Hartog plate. The museum was founded in 1800 in The Hague to exhibit the collections of the Dutch stadtholders. It was inspired by French example. By then it was known as the National Art Gallery (Dutch: Nationale Kunst-Gallerij). In 1808 the museum moved to Amsterdam on the orders of king Louis Bonaparte, brother of Napoleon Bonaparte. The paintings owned by that city, such as The Night Watch by Rembrandt, became part of the collection. Read more
The NH Doelen Hotel Amsterdam is situated on the river Amstel, right in the city centre of Amsterdam. More than just a hotel, it portrays a life-style, reflecting the middle 1800s when famous and infamous guests were made to feel at ease in the majestic surroundings. The propertyÂ is found alongside the river Amstel between Rembrandtplein and Dam Square. At walking distance you will find the flower market, theatres, museums, department stores, boutiques and canal touring boats, all in the historical centre. At NH Doelen Hotel Amsterdam great care has been taken to preserve the unique decor. The main entrance hall and reception are crowned by the beautiful open staircase leading to the hotel rooms. Original and lovingly restored furniture is still to be found throughout the hotel. On top of that, complimentary wireless Internet is accessible throughout the property. Rooms at the NH Doelen Amsterdam are spacious and tastefully decorated, offering several levels of opulence. The rooms are soundproof and each has a private bathroom and modern amenities which include free Wi-Fi access, a television with cable access, a tea and coffee maker, a direct dial telephone and a minibar. All of the rooms are heated; room service can also be requested.
A short walk from Dam Square, the Royal Palace and Madame Tussauds, the Rembrandt Classic Hotel Amsterdam enjoys a privileged city centre location. Westerkerk and Anne Frankhuis are a five minute walk to the north, whilst Begijnhof and Amsterdam Historical Museum are a five minute walk south on Spui. Trams run along the surrounding streets, providing public transport connections to further attractions. A comfortable 3 star establishment, Hotel Classic Rembrandt is set in buildings from the 17th and 19th century. The lobby bar is open from 08:00 to 21:30 for delicious drinks, wireless Internet is accessible throughout the hotel, and a meeting room, with capacity for up to fifteen delegates, is also available. The hotel provides vending machines and services such as fax, laundry and shoe polishing. Reception is open 24 hours. Rooms in the Rembrandt Classic Hotel Amsterdam are non-smoking and have en-suite bathroom facilities with a bathtub and complimentary toiletries. A buffet breakfast is served from 07:00 to 10:30 each morning. Room amenities include a television with national and international channels, a safe deposit box, and a direct-dial telephone. Room service is available between 17:00 and 21:30.
Vondelpark Apartment Suites
Stood close to the capitalâ€™s most famous park, Vondelpark Apartment Suites Amsterdam enjoy convenient proximity to Museumplein, in the south of the city centre. This area hosts major attractions such as Concertgebouw, Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum and Stedelijkmuseum. Leidseplein entertainment area is within easy walking distance, and trams run from here up past Dam Square to Central Station. Providing a comfortable base from which to explore the city, Apartments Vondelpark are a welcoming self-catering option. The apartments are decorated in tasteful light shades, with wooden floors and attractive furniture. Complimentary wireless Internet is accessible throughout the property and city maps are available at reception. The kitchen areas are equipped with modern appliances including a microwave, dishwasher, tea and coffee making facilities, and a refrigerator. Rooms at Vondelpark Apartment Suites Amsterdam include blackout curtains for a peaceful nightâ€™s repose. Useful additions such as an iron and ironing board, a flat screen television and a DVD player, can also be found here. Each apartment has a private bathroom with a bathtub or shower and a hairdryer.
Canal View Apartments
If you are looking for reasonably priced self-catering accommodation in Amsterdam â€“ Netherlands, then take a look at the Canal View Apartments. Strategically nestled right in the heart of the so-called Quartier cullinaire (Culinary Quarter) close from many excellent restaurants, bars, and cafes, these 3 star apartments offer contemporary furniture, urban decorations, and high-end appliances that are sure to please even the most discerning business and leisure guests. The apartments are located on the Prinsengracht canal, which is right in the city center, thus allowing you to quickly and easily access all the major attractions in the area. They are housed in an 18th century building, and have been extensively renovated to meet the highest quality standards that are required of todayâ€™s modern travelers. The apartment interiors nicely blend original elements with contemporary accents to create a distinguished look and feel. Guests will find all the necessary amenities for a memorable stay, including a fully-equipped kitchen, a washing machine, and a spacious bathroom with bathtub and shower. Additional amenities include free wired Internet access and housekeeping services once a week or upon request. During your stay at the Canal View Apartments, you will appreciate the convenient central location, close from all the main points of interest. There is also a tram station and a taxi stand located just a stoneâ€™s throw away from the apartments, which allows you to quickly reach any area in the city. The Hermitage Amsterdam Museum, Joods Historisch Museum, the Hortus Botanicus Botanical Garden, and the Rembrandt House Museum are all situated within a short walking distance from the apartments, and so is the Heineken Experience with its interactive entertainment options. Other interesting places to visit include the Museum of Bags and Purses, which displays the history of the ladies bag, the Royal Palace Amsterdam, and the Science Center NEMO. If the weather permits, do not miss the chance of spending a few relaxing hours at the quiet Zandvoort and Bloemenendaal aan Zee beaches, while if you like the vibrant nightlife, you will find plenty of lively clubs and bars throughout the city.
Envy is a great meeting place with a living room atmosphere, in which fresh products, a high quality delicatessen and good wines make up the central focus of the food. The first thing you see when you come in is the open kitchen, which functions simultaneously as the shop window. Casual and laid-back, the restaurant has been awarded by Michelin and serves from a menu that changes each week. The dishes are not too small, so you can easily share them with your friends. Oysters can also be individually ordered, as well as caviar by the gram. Envy stands for the highest quality, whether in the delicatessen offerings or the exquisite homemade chocolate. The intimate table arrangement, the tasteful decor and especially the traditionally prepared dishes have ensured that Envy is a real hotspot.
Los Amigos is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Inside there is room for up 60 people, and on the terrace 90 people can be accommodated.
A modern fish restaurant along Amsterdam's water. Nevy is all about the fruits de mer flavours, in the broadest sense of the word. Nevy's menu includes both traditional French bouillabaisse, as well as the Moroccan fish tajine. Just like you would see in a traditional fish restaurant, but then in current, modern times. References are made to the classic, old market halls, as you would still regularly see in France. Clear colours, lots of marble, transparency through the many windows and the expansive view across the IJ all ensure this atmosphere is effectively created.
Behind the doors of this restaurant lies a completely unique world. Based on an Arabian home, the decor of Nomads is unique, having an Eastern origin with a Western touch. Have a drink at the impressive brass bar and relax in privacy on a bed or sofa in the intimate Al Kubbah area. The kitchen is in the capable hands of Chef Ali Ballout, who specialises in Arabic cuisine. Every dish is exceptional and has its own distinct flavour. A lot of use is made of mint, parsley, thyme, coriander, lemon, chermoula (Moroccan spices) and tarragon. Only the freshest products and ingredients are used, and there is no pork on the menu. The wine list includes many classics, alongside some less-known wines from North Africa. Whilst you enjoy your mezze and drinks, modern Arabian lounge music and professional belly dancers provide the entertainment.