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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.



Top things to do in Amsterdam

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.
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Concertgebouw

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).
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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 — known in Dutch as the Achterhuis — 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.
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The Jordaan

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.
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Rijksmuseum

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.
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Recommended hotels in Amsterdam

Hotel Omega Amsterdam

Hotel Omega enjoys a quiet location in Amsterdam, within easy reach to the National Rembrandt Museum, the Van Gogh Museum, the Municipal Museum of Modern Art and the Vondelpark. Exclusive shopping streets are just around the corner, such as the P.C. Hooftstraat with all the best designer labels, the Van Baerlestraat and the Leidsestraat, where you can find discos, cinemas, the city theatre and the Casino. This 3-star Amsterdam hotel offers nice guest rooms and comfortable lounges, not to forget the lounge bar where guests can have a drink or a quick snack whenever they want. An Internet Point is available in the lobby and a cosy garden provides a quiet and relaxing ambiance. Hotel Omega's reception desk is staffed around the clock and a friendly hotel staff will be at your disposal to fulfill all of your requests.
 

Aalborg Hotel

Aalborg Hotel Amsterdam enjoys a nice location in the multi-cultural ‘De Pijp’ area. The hotel is across the 'Sarphatipark', one of the most acclaimed parks in the city, and you will find next to it, the Albert Cuyp market which sells everything from furniture to Dutch food delicacies to clothing, and more. Not far away from the hotel, stands the Heineken Brewery and it is only a 10-minute walk or 5 minutes by tram to the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh museum. There are tram stops situated right next to the hotel, which connects you right into the heart of the city. In Hotel Aalborg you are warmly welcomed by the young and enthusiastic hotel team. This cosy hotel offers a variety of services, including bike rental, taxi service, booking service and relaxing massages. Then there is the lively '25th Hour' bar where you can watch sports events every night and relax while having a drink and listening to the music. Furthermore, the bar has an event board that is frequently updated by the hotel staff and will make sure you never run out of things to do. The Aalborg Hotel Amsterdam boasts 36 comfortable and spacious rooms that will make you feel home away from home. They have a modern design, they are clean and they are bright, offering the perfect atmosphere to completely unwind after a busy day in this vibrant city. Amsterdam Hotel Aalborg is a non-smoking property, but offers special rooms with balconies where you can smoke. Furthermore, there is a heated smoking section in the outdoor garden at the back of the hotel.
 

Hotel Neutraal

Hotel Neutraal Amsterdam is a family-run hotel situated between the Central Station and the famous Dam Square, in the heart of Amsterdam. As a guest in this accommodation you will be in the city centre of Amsterdam, only 2 minutes from the Beurs van Berlage, the Royal Palace, and the shopping district with many shops and warehouses. The reception desk at Hotel Neutraal Amsterdam is open 24-hours a day and the friendly hotel staff can provide you with all information you need about the sparkling capital city! Hotel Neutraal is situated on walking distance from the Red Light District, and many other attractions in Amsterdam are within easy reach, as Neutraal Hotel has a very central location, just a minute walk away from many public transport. The hotel rooms are furnished in a simple style, providing all needed comfort. The rooms come equipped with a (shared) bathroom with a bath or shower. The hotel offers accommodation for 1 person up to 4 people.
 

France Hotel

The France Hotel Amsterdam is so central that you can easily reach every tourist attraction on foot or by public transport. The Amsterdam Central Station is situated only 100 meters from the hotel. The hotel is also very close to the local attractions like the old city, Dam Square, Damrak and the Red Light District. France Hotel Amsterdam is a modern, comfortable 3-star hotel (opened in 1995), quietly situated on a canal in the historical heart of Amsterdam. This extremely central location is within walking distance of many tourist attractions and Amsterdam Central Station, and makes the hotel an excellent starting point for a discovery of the city centre. France Hotel Amsterdam has 55 rooms on 4 floors that all have lift access. Each room has a television with video films (pay-per-view), a telephone, hairdryer, bath or shower and toilet. Various rooms have a view of one of Amsterdam's canals. Guests can also use the safe, luggage depository and the Internet facilities in the lounge.
 

Hotel Aalders

Hotel Aalders Amsterdam is perfectly located in a quiet residential street in the museum district, but still only a few streets away from the hustle of the Leidseplein with its lively bars, restaurants, clubs, theatre, and casino complex. Amsterdam's major attractions such as the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh museum, the Vondelpark, the Concertgebouw and the famous canals are all within walking distance of the hotel. The city centre is within comfortable walking distance and the stylish shopping street P.C. Hooftstraat is around the corner. This family-run hotel with authentic charm has a 50-year long tradition of making you feel at home right away. Aalders Hotel ‘staff at the 24-hour front desk will answer all your questions about the city and is dedicated to making your stay a pleasant one. Here you can make use of the fax service, safes at the reception, luggage storage and the laundry service. Complimentary wireless Internet is accessible throughout the property and you can even hire a bicycle, the best way to get your way around in the city. Shuttle service can also be arranged and paid parking facilities can be found in the vicinity. This 3-star hotel offers comfortable rooms and excellent service. The variety of room types available at Hotel Aalders Amsterdam can accommodate tourists, business travellers and families alike. All heated rooms offer modern comforts and a relaxing environment. The rooms are also equipped with a private bathroom, and a flat screen television.
 

Recommended restaurants in Amsterdam

Supperclub Cruise

Supperclub was founded by artists. When you step inside, you lose your connection with the outside world and the stimulation of all five senses begins. Head Chef Guus Wickenhagen puts together a surprise menu of five courses every week, with new dishes, new combinations and new flavours from across the world. Eating and drinking at Supperclub is always an avant garde and unforgettable experience. As an example, you are served sweetmeats in hospital kidney bowls, along with a pair of rubber gloves with which to eat them. The food at Supperclub is accompanied by music from DJs who have also performed in international clubs and discos, and at parties and festivals where they have gained new inspiration. Many of the performance artists here come from the art or theatre academy, all rising stars that contribute to the distinctive vibe of Supperclub.
 

Nevy

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.
 

Los Amigos

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.
 

Roberto's at Hilton Hotel Amsterdam

Roberto's at the Hilton Hotel Amsterdam showcases classic Italian gastronomy, with innovative dishes locally sourced. The menu boasts such delicious offerings as grilled tuna steak in herb crust with sautéed Sicilian vegetables, and Sardinian soup with mussels, and buffalo mozzarella. The feature fireplace in the centre has rustic character, but is fashioned with sleek, modern wood, suggestive of the unification of tradition and modernity at Roberto's. The well-stocked bar offers meticulously-compiled wines, arranged in the style of a historic wine cellar.
 

Midtown Grill Amsterdam

Inspired by the tradition of quintessential American steakhouses, Midtown Grill serves up the finest USDA certified steaks. The emphasis is on pureness, fresh ingredients and quality.

The culinary-savvy servers will happily engage in conversation about the intricacies of great beef, and steak aficionados can indulge in the signature 1.6 kilo T-bone that is sea salted and grilled to a juicy succulence; a great dish to share with friends. All dishes are classics, and inspired by the kitchens of first-class steakhouses in New York. The menu is complemented with an extensive collection of international wines from renowned vineyards, that match perfectly the dishes on the menu.

The restaurant has a warm American ambience, and has a fantastic view of the vibrant part of Amsterdam, between the Vondelpark and the Leidseplein. All senses are stimulated by the vibrant ambience, as well as the open show kitchen and irresistible dishes. After dinner, share your enthusiasm for great cigars and cognacs in the private Midtown Cigar Lounge.

Midtown Grill has it all; great steaks, warm ambiance and personal service. See you at Midtown!
 



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