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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
Situated in the middle of the bustling city centre, Park Hotel Amsterdam lies at the hub of the stunning fashion and Museum district, which is the city's most exciting and lively neighbourhood. The hotel is found between the famous entertainment area Leidseplein and Museumplein with the Van Gogh and Rijk museums. Located on the 'Singel' canal, the hotel is a few meters away from the chic P.C Hoofstraat and offers an ideal departure point for spectacular canal cruises. With several tram stops in the direct vicinity, this property is a haven for today's modern business and leisure traveller. The concept Park Hotel evokes the evolution of Amsterdam's art, cultural and fashionable heritage over the past decade and reflects the lifestyle trends visible in Amsterdam today. The hotel is a quietly sophisticated property offering understated elegance and unparalleled service in an intimate, friendly, home-away-from-home atmosphere. This luxury boutique hotel, spread over a few historical building, boasts 189 bedrooms including stunning suites and many stunning facilities. There are 9 flexible contemporary spaces for meetings, private dining, and events, a bar â€˜The Jewelryâ€™, a gallery, a library as well as a 24hours fitness centre, accessible free of charge to the hotelâ€™s guests. In addition, you can park your car onsite and enjoy a fantastic dinner in the trendy MOMO Restaurant, Bar & Lounge.
Hotel Atlas Amsterdam is ideally located, only a few minutes walking from Museumplein where you will find the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum (Modern Art) and the famous Concert Hall. The hotel is situated in a beautiful and quiet area alongside the 'Vondelpark', at just a short stroll from the PC Hooftstraat shopping street and the Leidseplein entertainment area. The tram stop just in front of theÂ hotel goes directly to Amsterdam Central Station and the World Trade Centre and RAI exhibition centre are within easy reach. The hotel is built in impressive Art Nouveau style and enjoys the privilege of being in an area thatâ€™s both quiet and centrally located. At the restaurant of the charming Hotel Atlas Amsterdam you can enjoy a buffet breakfast with a personal touch. Furthermore, the helpful staff at the 24-hour reception desk will gladly assist you in renting a bike, buying tickets to the Van Gogh Museum or arranging a taxi to the airport at a fixed price. The Hotel Atlas in Amsterdam has 23 comfortable rooms with bright and warm colours. All rooms are double or twin rooms and they are equipped with a variety of amenities, including flat screen TV, telephone, safe and tea and coffee facilities. Enjoy the luxury of a hot bath in your private bathroom, which is equipped with a shower, bath and toilet.
The College Hotel
Amsterdam's key attractions are easily reached from The College Hotel Amsterdam, with the Van Gogh Museum,
Rijksmuseum, Diamond Factory and the city centre all within four kilometres of
the premises. The hotel was originally built in 1894 as a school and is a
listed historical building of Amsterdam. The similarities between
the famous Rijksmuseum, which was built in the same period, and the Amsterdam College
Hotel are easy to see. The hotel
is designed to pay homage to the past, while boasting modern facilities
and contemporary design touches. The result is a combination of high-quality
luxury standards in a classical environment. As a former school, the building
exudes a sense of history that is reflected in high ceilings, huge fireplaces
and stretching staircases. The College Hotel in Amsterdam now provides an elegant
and relaxing ambiance. The
scholarly history extends across the entire hotel site; even the free-standing
restaurant is located in the schoolâ€™s former gymnasium. At the hotel restaurant,
modern Dutch fare is served in a relaxed setting with an open kitchen. Before
or after a meal, guests can unwind with a coffee in the lobby lounge or enjoy
a cocktail in the College Bar. The terrace at The College Hotel Amsterdam is
voted to be the 44th best terrace of Holland. Room service is available around
the clock, and the hotel also offers babysitting services, use of a meeting
room, and an on-site gift shop.
Frederik Park House Hotel
Situated in a pleasing residential area of the city, the Frederik Park House Hotel, Amsterdam offers visitors a charming example of typical architecture in a splendid setting. This original canal house has been recommended by the Geo Saison as the most beautiful hotel in Amsterdam, and as such, attracts discerning visitors to its quiet grace. Overlooking a park, it is a firm favourite for romantic city breaks and business trips, and is within easy reach of all the attractions of the old city. Well-served by trams and close to the Central Station and the RAI Congress Centre, the hotel brings convenience to any working or recreational trip to the capital of the Netherlands. Dedicated and helpful staff will gladly see to your needs, as you enjoy a pampered experience in this picturesque European destination. Step outside and find a wealth of traditional and trendy bars, along with numerous eclectic restaurants. Start the day with a delicious Dutch breakfast in your room, or perhaps in the pretty roof garden, before you head out into the city.Â
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.
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.