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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
Hem Hotel Amsterdam enjoys a nice location in the southwest area of Amsterdam, conveniently connected to the city ring and multiple public transport stations. It isÂ 10 minutes from the RAI Convention Centre, the World Fashion Centre and the World Trade Centre. The hotel is easy to reach by public transport as well as by car. The Hem Hotel in Amsterdam is a luxurious hotel where all you need is in easy reach. The hotel serves a delicious breakfast every morning and there is a cosy bar and lounge where you can unwind at the end of a busy day in the city. Snacks, drinks or a simple meal can be enjoyed here and there is a pool table and televisions showing the latest news. The hotel lobby has the â€˜Foodcornerâ€™, offering various freshly prepared sandwiches, pizzas and salads. Your meals can also be enjoyed on the terrace in front of the hotel. Hem Hotel Amsterdam boasts 218 modernly decorated rooms with functional furnishings. They are bright and spacious, featuring warm colours to create a peaceful atmosphere. All rooms are non-smoking and feature an en-suite bathroom with shower and toilet. This hotel has plenty to offer for both leisure and business visitors.
Overlooking the harbour and the Y waterway near Central Station, Hotel Y Boulevard Amsterdam is conveniently located close to the historic city centre and the canals. Charming cafes and restaurants, antique shops and book stores are but some of the things you can find while taking a stroll through the old city centre. Furthermore, within a 10-minute walk you can reach Dam Square, theÂ 'Nieuwe Kerk' church, the Royal Palace and several shopping areas and the 'Waag' at 'Nieuwmarkt'. The trams and buses departing nearby can quickly and easily take you anywhere else. The personalised service, 24-hour front desk service and bike and car rental allow you to quickly feel at home during your stay in the Y Boulevard Hotel. Continental and English breakfast is served in the morning and the YBoulevard Bar offers a relaxed environment. The hotel also offers services like a luggage room, concierge service and an International telephone at the reception. Hotel Y Boulevard Amsterdam offers a variety of rooms with a view of Amsterdamâ€™s famous canals. The rooms are supplied with complimentary towels and sheets and feature a private bathroom. Whether you are in the city for business or for pleasure, this accommodation delivers the appropriate comfort.
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.
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 - Amsterdam
A platform for experimental creativity, close to Dam Square, anybody looking for an ordinary restaurant should not go to Supperclub. However, if you are looking for a fun night out and a unique experience, this is the place to be. Lie down on the oversized beds, enjoy the performances from DJs, VJs and artists, and taste flavours like you've never tasted before. At Supperclub, all of the chefs learn by visiting each other, exchanging kitchens, experiences and recipes. This way, the international menu of Supperclub grows and evolves beyond all boundaries. Pour yourself a drink from a champagne bubble bath, or simply select your Chablis or Rioja from the exceptional Supperclub wine list.
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.
Peper & Zout
In attractive Peper & Zout restaurant on the busy Overtoom you will get very good value for money.
The mix of hors d'oeuvres is finger-licking good, the asparagus flamandes is right on the spot and very tasty and the cheesecake for dessert is well worth repeating.
The highly skilled staff also quite obviously enjoy their job and this is reflected in the quality of the service.