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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
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.
Red Light Studio Apartment
Located in one of the cityâ€™s oldest districts, this building has a unique past. It was the home of J. P. Sweelnck (1562-1621) whom was one of the most influential Renaissance composers and organist. He was known to have taught J.S Bach indirectly via his pupils. The Red Light Studio Apartment Amsterdam is situated in the heart of the bustling De Wallen, amidst numerous souvenir and sex shops, coffeeshops, restaurants, bars, cafes, night clubs. From here many attractions can be reached in a couple minutes on foot including Oude Kerk, Nieuwmarkt, Dam Square and Amsterdam Central Station. Surrounded by the old city architecture, Studio Red Light boasts bigÂ windows overlooking the street giving you a flavor of the vibrant Red Light District street life. A great self-catering option, the apartment features a fully equipped kitchen including a refrigerator, stove, microwave, coffee and tea facilities as well as all cookware and utensils. Guests can also rent bicycles on site, the best transportation to get around the city.Â Furthermore, the friendly staff speaks several languages and complimentary wireless Internet is accessible throughout the apartment. Parking is available on the street and outside the city center. The modern and charming Red Light Studio Apartment Amsterdam is accessible via traditional very steep stairs. The large living area features a fully equipped kitchen as well as a double bed and a dining table. The separate bathroom is fitted with a shower, a toilet and a hairdryer. The non-smoking accommodation also includes a work desk, a radio as well as an LCD flat screen television with satellite channels and a DVD player.
Stood on the beautiful Herengracht canal, part of Amsterdamâ€™s historic central canal ring, B&B 1657 Amsterdam is around the corner of the popular Rembrandtplein. Numerous famous attractions can easily be reached on foot from here, including Hortus Botanicus, the Hermitage Museum and Dam Square. Trams run through nearby Rembrandtplein, and Waterlooplein metro station is a five minute walk away. Offering complimentary wireless Internet access throughout the property, 1657 B&B mixes historical charm with modern convenience. The accommodation is set in a classical Amsterdam house with lovely views over the Herengracht, or â€˜Gentlemenâ€™s Canalâ€™, which houses some of the capitalâ€™s wealthier residents. Guests can enjoy a buffet breakfast each morning, which is served in the breakfast room. For restaurant recommendations and tourist information, the multilingual staff is more than willing to offer assistance. The accommodation also provides services including laundry and pick-up from the railway station. B&B 1657 Amsterdam presents two attractive double rooms, each with high ceilings, a light decor, wooden floors, and large windows with an attractive canal view. A seating area has a flat-screen television with cable channels, and an attractiveÂ private bathroom is accessible from the hallway. Each room has a minibar and a selection of welcome amenities.
View Bed & Breakfast
Located in the heart of the capital, View Bed and Breakfast is set on the quiet Leidsekade overlooking the picturesque canals of Amsterdam. On walking distance you can find shopping streets, the renovated De La Mar Theater, the Amsterdam Stadschouwburg and countless restaurants and cafes. The famous clubs-venues Paradiso, De Melkweg and Jimmy Woo, and other evening destinations are all a stoneâ€™s throw away. The Museum district and the Vondel Park are also both within a few minutesâ€™ walk. Moreover, the nearby â€˜Leidsepleinâ€™ tram stop offers easy and direct access to further attractions. Housed in a gorgeous authentic Amsterdam canal house, Bed and Breakfast View welcomes you in a warm ambiance. The reception is open 24 hours and luggage storage as well as late check-out are available. The multilingual staff can provide city maps and tourist information. On request you can make use of the microwave, iron and ironing board, laundry, plates, cutlery and refrigerator.Â Moreover, complimentary wireless Internet is accessible throughout the property. The interior of View Bed and Breakfast combines contemporary design with the propertyâ€™s authentic classical bones.Â The light and modernly designed antiallergic rooms are equipped with age-old antique details.Â All bedrooms have their own luxurious bathrooms with shower, toilet, hairdryer and bathroom amenities. For optimum comfort the windows are double glazed and fitted with blackout curtains. Room service is also available.
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.
Contemporary, casual and cool, Scossa is a chilled out oasis in the centre of non-stop Amsterdam. The menu is awash with delicious Italian cuisine, with nods to wider Mediterranean traditions here and there, and the large open kitchen creates an entertaining dialogue between head chef Michel Westerman and the bustling room of guests.
An orange, red and blue colour scheme creates warmth, adding to the friendliness of the welcome you'll receive. There's a delicate balance between relaxed and vibrant that many strive to achieve, but few pull off with as much aplomb as Scossa.
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.
Raw crackers, chokos-macronen, taarten, verse groene kokosnootsap, smoothies & ambachtelijke (ice) teas, salades, vege-pies, pasta's & hamburgers*. Alles puur natuur, vegan, gluten en glucose vrij en met liefde geserveerd.
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.