This vibrant and historic city is both the cultural and commercial capital of the Netherlands. Positioned two metres below sea level it is often called the ‘Venice of the North,’ with its acclaimed 17th century waterways and beautiful architecture. Stay at one of a range of Hotels near Amsterdam ArenA and sit back and enjoy the hip vibe and cultural diversity on offer. There is a variety of accommodation to choose from, depending upon your budget and requirements.
Out and about
Now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Amsterdam’s medieval canals weave through the city, lined with ancient buildings and colourful houseboats. Take a boat ride and leisurely explore the leafy waterways. Alternatively, hire a bicycle and head for the Jordaan neighbourhood, with its narrow streets full of trendy cafés, restaurants and quirky shops. If you fancy a tasty snack, check out the Albert Cuypmarkt, the oldest and busiest market in the city.
Nightlife in Amsterdam is lively, with a diverse range of bars and nightclubs. Whether you’re after a large-scale music concert in the Ziggo Dome, or a live Jazz band in one of the trendy bars, there is something for everyone. If you’re in the mood for adventure and have a liberal disposition, the red light district is a popular destination to explore with sex shops and women on display in the windows. A strong police presence means it’s perfectly safe to take a wonder.
Buy tulips from the famous flower market known as the Bloemenmarkt, positioned along the Singel, an ancient moat that once circled the city. The streets along the Singel are also lined with cafes, restaurants and bars, tempting passers by with many gastro delights.
The Anne Frank House, now a museum, keeps the memory alive of a young Jewish girl who hid from the Nazis regime during World War II before perishing in a concentration camp. With photographs and some of her possessions on display it is a very poignant reminder of the past.
There are a number of theatres to choose from, offering every genre from contemporary Dutch plays in the Stadsschouwburg, to acclaimed international musicals at The DelaMar Theatre. There’s also the Dutch National Opera & Ballet and the The Royal Concertgebouw, a concert hall renowned for its’ acoustics and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
A spot of art
The Van Gogh Museum offers unique access to the largest collection of paintings by this esteemed artist, including Aardappeleters (The Potato Eaters) and Zonnebloemen (Sunflowers). The Stedelijk Museum can be found next door, which contains a huge array of modern art including Piet Mondriaan, Karel Appel and Kazimir Malevich.
The Rijksmuseum houses an enormous collection of exquisite Dutch Art, including Rembrandt’s masterpiece, De Nachtwacht (The Night Watch). You can also visit his home, the Rembrandt House Museum, which has been painstakingly restored to depict his life.
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