Amsterdam & Surroundings

LibraryHistoric monuments

  • The monuments of Amsterdam not only showcase the breathtaking architectural splendor and intricate work but, also serve as a testimony to its affluent past. 

 

Nationaal Monument op de Dam

The Nederlands Nationaal Monument (Dutch National Monument) was dedicated on May 4, 1956 (National Remembrance Day) by then Queen Juliana, as a memorial to the victims of World War II and as a monument to liberation and peace. The figures on the 72-foot obelisk include four male figures, a woman and child and two men with dogs, which represent war, peace and resistance, respectively.

Distance: 450m
Dam
AMSTERDAM


Auschwitz Monument

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This is a monument made by Dutch writer and artist Jan Wolkers, in memory of the many victims of Auschwitz. The monument, 'Auschwitz never again', is made of pieces of broken glass and can be found in the Wertheimpark. There's a memorial service in January of each year.


Distance: 1,2km
Wertheimpark
AMSTERDAM


Homomonument

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The Homomonument (gay monument) in Amsterdam was the first of its kind and was designed by Amsterdam-born artist Karin Daan in 1979. Commissioned by the Homomonument society, the Homomonument was officially unveiled in September 1987 on the Westermarkt.


Distance: 1km
Westermarkt
AMSTERDAM


Slavery Monument

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On July 1863 slavery was abolished in Suriname and the Dutch Antilles. In 2002 (139 years later), the painful past was remembered, the present considered and the future anticipated with hope.



Distance: 2,5km
Linnaeusstraat/Oosterpark
AMSTERDAM


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LibraryHistory & national heritage

Amsterdam's national heritage comprises exceptional cultural places that contribute to its international identity.

 

  • Apart from buildings from The Golden Age you will also be able to spot many buildings in the unique Dutch Amsterdam School style, like the wing of The Grand. This style of building preceded the worldwide architectural movement of Art Deco.
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LibraryMuseums

The city is home to 42 museums and galleries reflecting Amsterdam's cultural diversity and appealing to a wide range of interests, from the tiniest specialist studio to some of the finest European art collections in the world.

 

Allard Pierson Museum

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The Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam has an authoritative archaeological collection of original works of art and utensils from Egypt, Etruria, the Greek and Roman world, the Near East and Cyprus from the period between 4000 and 1000 after Christ.




Distance: 400m
Oude Turfmarkt 127
1090 GB AMSTERDAM
(+31)20/5252556
www.allardpiersonmuseum.nl


Amsterdams Historisch Museum

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The Amsterdam Historisch Museum tells the compelling story of the growth and heyday of the Dutch capital. Discover seven centuries of the city's history – once a small settlement on the banks of the Amstel, and now a bustling, diverse metropolis.




Distance: 350m
Kalverstraat 92
1012 RM AMSTERDAM
(+31)20/5231822
www.amsterdammuseum.nl


Anne Frank Huis

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The Anne Frank Huis at Prinsengracht 263 in Amsterdam is where a young Jewish girl, Anne Frank, lived in hiding with her family for more than 2 years during World War II.





Distance: 1,1km
Prinsengracht 267
1016 GV AMSTERDAM
(+31)20/5567105
www.annefrank.org


Cobra Museum voor Moderne Kunst

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The Cobra Museum of Modern Art has a permanent collection of key works by artists from the Cobra period. Probably the most well-known Dutch Cobra artist is Karel Appel. The works of the Cobra artists are exhibited simultaneously with interesting temporary collections of modern and contemporary art.



Distance: 9,3km
Sandbergplein 1
1181 ZX AMSTELVEEN
(+31)20/5475050
www.cobra-museum.nl


De Nieuwe Kerk

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De Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam is famous for its much talked-about exhibitions. With hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, the church is one of the most highly attended exhibition locations in the Netherlands. The large-scale exhibitions on treasures from other countries, cultures and religions are very well-known.



Distance: 600m
Dam
AMSTERDAM
(+31)20/6386909
www.nieuwekerk.nl


Diamant Museum

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The Amsterdam Diamond Museum (Diamant Museum) takes you on a journey that began 3 billion years ago, 200 kilometres under the surface of the earth, and which ends with the diamond ring on your finger. Learn more about Amsterdam, City of Diamonds - a diamond centre for more than four centuries.



Distance: 2km
Paulus Potterstraat 8
1071 CZ AMSTERDAM
(+31)20/3055300
www.diamantmuseum.nl


Foam Photography Museum

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Foam Photography Museum exhibits all genres of photography. It's a museum with international allure and a creative hub where photographers can meet and participate in forums and symposiums. Along with larger exhibitions of established famous photographers, Foam also exhibits emerging young talent in smaller short-term shows.



Distance: 1km
Keizersgracht 609
1017 DS AMSTERDAM
(+31)20/5516500
www.foam.nl


Hermitage

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The Hermitage museum, located on the banks of Amsterdam's Amstel river is the Dutch branch of the world-famous Hermitage in Saint Petersburg (Russia). The Hermitage Amsterdam is a unique exhibition and cultural educational centre, portraying Russian history and culture. Visitors can find information about the history of St. Petersburg.



Distance: 1,1km
Amstel 51
1018 EJ AMSTERDAM
0900-437648243
www.hermitage.nl


House of Bols Cocktail & Genever Experience

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The most tasteful experience of Amsterdam a visit to House of Bols, Cocktail & Genever Experience on the Museumplein square in Amsterdam, is a unique adventure and an unforgettable interactive experience of the glamorous world of cocktails and bartending. Visitors find out all about Lucas Bols - the oldest distilled spirit brand in the world, which has been made in Amsterdam since 1575. They also become acquainted with Bols Genever - the World's Most Authentic Spirit, which dates back to 1820 and which has always been an essential ingredient in original cocktails that are now very much back in fashion.



Distance: 2km
Paulus Potterstraat 14
1071 CZ AMSTERDAM
(+31)20/5708575
www.houseofbols.com


Houseboat Museum

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The Houseboat Museum (Woonbootmuseum) gives you the unique chance to personally experience what life is like on board a houseboat in an Amsterdam canal. The unique location in the Prinsengracht canal on the edge of the Jordaan provides a fitting background for the museum vessel.




Distance: 2km
Prinsengracht 296 K
1016 HW AMSTERDAM
(+31)20/4270750
www.woonbootmuseum.nl


Museum Het Schip

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Museum Het Schip shows the "Amsterdamse school" architectural style in its social, political and artistic context. Michel de Klerk - the most important and prolific Amsterdamse school architect- designed three monumental public housing blocks, called the Spaarndammerplantsoen, which brought the movement fame. The most expressionist apartment block is known as Het Schip (The Ship).




Distance: 3,2km
Spaarndammerplantsoen 140
1013 XT AMSTERDAM
(+31)20/4182885
www.hetschip.nl


Museum Van Loon

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Museum Van Loon is the residence of Amsterdam's Van Loon family. Willem van Loon was one of the founders of the Dutch East India Company (the V.O.C.) The museum is housed in a double canal house that dates back to 1672. Most of the interior has remained intact throughout the centuries.




Distance: 1km
Keizersgracht 672
1017 ET AMSTERDAM
(+31)20/6245255
www.museumvanloon.nl


Rembrandthuis

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What was Rembrandt's life like? Where did Holland's most renowned artist etch and paint his masterpieces? Where did the most dramatic events of his life take place? Find out at Rembrandt's former house in Amsterdam's Jodenbreestraat, where you can imagine yourself in Rembrandt's day.




Distance: 550m
Jodenbreestraat 4-6
1011 NK AMSTERDAM
(+31)20/5200400
www.rembrandthuis.nl


Rijksmuseum

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Built in 1876 according to a design by architect P.J.H. Cuypers, Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum is the largest museum in the Netherlands. It features a famous collection of works by Rembrandt ('The Night Watch'), Vermeer and Frans Hals as well as delftware, sculpture, Asian art and prints.




Distance: 1,7km
Jan Luijkenstraat 1
1071 CH AMSTERDAM
(+31)20/6747000
www.rijksmuseum.nl


Science Center NEMO

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Please DO touch!
Right next to Central Station is one of the most impressive feats of modern architecture in Amsterdam: NEMO - a large, green building accommodates the largest science center in the Netherlands. The building was designed by the renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano. The roof terrace, which Piano calls a piazza (square), grants visitors a spectacular view across Amsterdam..




Distance: 1,6km
Oosterdok 2
1011 VX AMSTERDAM
(+31)20/5313233
www.e-NEMO.nl


Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder (Our Lord in the Attic)

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Our Lord in the Attic is one of the oldest and most remarkable museums in Amsterdam. Behind the characteristic facade of the canal house lies a 17th-century home and a completely hidden church. This hidden church 'in the attic' was built during the Reformation, when Catholics were forbidden to hold public services.




Distance: 550m
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 40
1012 GE AMSTERDAM
(+31)20/6246604
www.opsolder.nl


Tassenmuseum (Museum of Bags and Purses)

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Travel through time, history and fashion in the company of the impressive collection of bags in the Museum of Bags and Purses. The only museum in the world with such an extensive and specialized collection, the Museum of Bags and Purses tells the history of the western handbag from the late Middle Ages right up to the present.




Distance: 1km
Herengracht 573
1017 CD AMSTERDAM
020-5246452
www.tassenmuseum.nl


The Royal Palace

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The Royal Palace Amsterdam is one of the three palaces in use by the Royal family. It is used for state visits, award ceremonies and other official receptions. When the Royal Palace is not used by the family, it is open to the public. Visitors can discover the rich history of the building. It's various purposes, 150 years as an Amsterdam's city hall, five years as a Royal and Imperial Palace, and almost two centuries as a palace of reception by the Royal family, have left their marks on the building. A variable annual summer exhibition illustrates the rich history of the building, for instance as a monument from the Dutch Golden Age. Every fall, the work of young painters is on exhibition in light of the Royal Award for Free Painting.




Distance: 550m
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 147
1012 RJ AMSTERDAM
(+31)20/6204060
www.paleisamsterdam.nl


Stedelijk Museum

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The City of Amsterdam, the commissioner of the ongoing renovation and expansion of the Stedelijk Museum facilities, has generously granted the museum temporary right of use of the historic building for a special temporary program organized by the museum forms 2 March 2011 prior to the completion of the construction and preparations for the grand reopening.




Distance: 2,2km
Museumplein 10
1071 DJ AMSTERDAM
(+31)20/5732911
www.stedelijk.nl


Tropenmuseum (Tropical Museum)

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Amsterdam's Tropenmuseum (Tropical museum) is one of Europe's leading ethnographic museums. The vivid, interactive and life-like exhibitions offer a glimpse of life in the tropical and subtropical parts of the world.





Distance: 2,2km
Linnaeusstraat 2
1092 CK AMSTERDAM
(+31)20/5688200
www.tropenmuseum.nl

Van Gogh Museum

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Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum houses the largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh in the world. It provides the opportunity to keep track of the artist's developments, or compare his paintings to works by other artists from the 19th century. The museum's permanent collection includes paintings, drawings and letters.




Distance: 2,1km
Paulus Potterstraat 7
1071 CX AMSTERDAM
(+31)20/5705200
www.vangoghmuseum.nl


Willet-Holthuysen Museum

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The Willet-Holthuysen museum in Amsterdam had an interesting start. In 1895 Mrs Willet-Holthuysen bequeathed her 17th-century canal house to the city of Amsterdam in her will, on the condition that it was preserved and opened as a museum. Her wish has been faithfully observed for over a century - the house has been turned into a beautiful museum.




Distance: 1km
Herengracht 605
1017 CE AMSTERDAM
(+31)20/5231822
www.museumwilletholthuysen.nl


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Amsterdam is the city of antiques, books, diamonds, and curiosities.

De 9 Straatjes (The 9 streets)

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Amsterdam's historic canal ring was dug into nine little streets ('negen straatjes') during the 17th century. These narrow streets intersect the main canals between the Leidsestraat and the Jordaan district, and are dotted with great restaurants, cafés, art galleries, jewellers, boutiques and vintage stores. With an exceptional array of styles, trends and prices, this area is truly a shopper's paradise.




Distance: 700m


De Bijenkorf

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Bringing variety and big name fashion to Dutch high streets, de Bijenkorf is the swanky Dutch department store. While it has branches throughout the country, the flagship is prominently located on Dam Square and has the most on offer.




Distance: 400m
Dam 1
1012 JS AMSTERDAM
www.bijenkorf.nl


Design Shops

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A design shopper's paradise.
Offering everything from contemporary design to vintage treasures; Amsterdam is sure to satisfy even the most cultivated shopper. For interior design visit large-scale stores De Kasstoor (Rozengracht 202-210) and Wonen 2000 (Rozengracht 219-223); or smaller scale shops with accessories and gifts, Nolita (Rozengracht 196) and Pol's Potten (KNSM-laan 39).




Flowermarket

The Singel flower market is one of the most colorful and fragrant places of interest of Amsterdam in all four seasons. It is unique in that the merchandise is displayed on floating barges. This is a relic from the days when the flowers and plants sold at this market were shipped in from the horticultural areas around the city by barges. Fresh flowers are still brought in every day; by vans, however, and no longer by boat.




Distance: 650m
Singel
AMSTERDAM


Maison de Bonneterie

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Maison de Bonneterie is a chain of upscale department stores in the Netherlands with flagship stores in Amsterdam and The Hague and a smaller branches in Laren and Heemstede. The Amsterdam store was founded in 1889 and is situated along the Kalverstraat in a Parisian style building set around a top lit dome. Nowadays, Maison de Bonneterie is a 'Multi Brand Fashion Store', selling: Hugo Boss, Burberry, Canali, DKNY, Emporio Armani, Karl Lagerfeld, Polo Ralph Lauren, Max Mara Sport, Marc Jacobs, Ferragamo, Tommy Hilfiger, Marccain, Diesel, Blue Blood.




Distance: 400m
Rokin 140-142
1012 LE AMSTERDAM
(+31)20/5313400
www.maisondebonneterie.com


P.C. Hooftstraat

The Museum District (Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum) is home to the majority of Amsterdam's luxury boutiques and designer stores. The P.C. Hooftstraat is Amsterdam's most upscale and exclusive shopping street. Along three short blocks is every label and designer you desire: Chanel, Louis Vuitton, DKNY, Mulberry, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and more. On the Van Baerlestraat there is a large Vanillia (popular Dutch brand) store. Famous Dutch designers Percy Irausquin and Marlies Dekkers have shops on the Cornelis Schuytstraat.


Shopping Center Magna Plaza

Magna Plaza means indoor shopping pleasure in an extended historical building, right behind the Royal Palace at Dam Square. The former post office of Amsterdam is build by the end of the 19th century and it's nowadays a exclusive shoppingcentre where you find over 40 brandstores.




Distance: 450m
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 182
1012 SJ AMSTERDAM
www.magnaplaza.nl


Spiegelkwartier Art & Antiques

Following the construction of the Rijksmuseum in 1900, the Spiegelkwartier emerged into Amsterdam's centre for antiques and art. More than 70 antique shops and galleries in this area boast impressive collections of paintings, ceramics, glass, jewellery, furniture, tribal and Asiatic collectibles; centuries-old or finished yesterday.


The Haarlemmerdijk

The Haarlemmerdijk is a fantastic shopping street, nice and long, filled with shops all the way to Central Station. It is a lively strip where you will find everything from shoes, independent labels and second-hand clothes to food, interior design and Dutch collectables.


The Kalverstraat and Leidsestraat

The two main shopping streets in Amsterdam's city centre are the Kalverstraat and the Leidsestraat. Of the two, the Leidsestraat has the more exclusive shops such as Filippa K, Karen Millen, Paul Warmer and Shoebaloo. The Kalverstraat is home to all the shops you would expect in a large city like H&M, Mexx, Zara and Miss Sixty. There are also several department stores here.


Opening hours shops

Shops are open from Monday to Saturday, 9:00 to 18:00 (Saturday until 17:00 and Thursday evenings until 21:00). Sundays 12:00 to 17:00.


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Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands, but it also has a rich sporting history. Amsterdam has about 800 sports clubs. The most popular sports in the Netherlands are football, tennis, (ice)skating and hockey.

 

  • Racetrack
     Circuit Zandvoort : 30.00 km
    Stadium
     Amsterdam Arena : 6.00 km
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LibraryTheatres & concert halls

In the Netherlands, the new cultural year traditionally opens with the Uitmarkt, a three-day festival held at the end of August. The event provides a survey of the cultural activities scheduled for the coming year. Those activities take place in Amsterdam's concert halls, music halls and theatres.

 

Concert halls

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Amsterdam has three concert halls where classical pieces are performed: the Concertgebouw, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ and the Muziektheater. These three concert halls are all characterised by unique architecture. The oldest of the three – the Concertgebouw (1886) – was designed by the architect Van Gendt. He was also responsible for designing the Hollandsche Manege (stables), the IJsbreker and Frascati. The Muziektheater (1986) forms part of a complex that also accommodates Amsterdam's Stadhuis – Town Hall. This multifunctionality is evident from the complex's nickname 'Stopera' (from Stadhuis and Opera). Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ dates from 2005. The beautifully situated glass complex was built to meet the town's need for medium-sized concert halls.


Music halls

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Until recently Amsterdam was fairly poorly off as far as music halls are concerned. Pop temple Paradiso, well-known for its good acoustics, can accommodate around a 1.700 visitors. The nearby Melkweg a slightly smaller audience. Large shows go to the Arena. But the city didn't really have any venues suitable for medium-sized shows (attracting around 5.000 visitors). This gap has to some extent been filled by the Heineken Music Hall (HMH). But it's not enough. There are also plans for the construction of more medium-sized and larger halls near the Arena.


Theatres

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Amsterdam has no shortage of theatres. The city has a total of around 225 stages divided among seventy theatres. Every year, some 19.000 performances are staged there.
Toneelgroep Amsterdam is the permanent 'resident' of the Stadsschouwburg. The theatre group is renowned for its contemporary interpretations of older plays. Theater Carré is the largest theatre in town, offering a varied programme. There are many smaller theatres. They usually present traditional performances: cabaret, dance, music and drama.
More recent forms of art have meanwhile also found fixed venues throughout Amsterdam. Boom Chicago, Comedy Café, Toomler (beneath the Hilton) and Comedytheater in Nes offer a combination of stand-up comedy and improvised cabaret.


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LibraryZoo

Amsterdam has a broad spectrum of recreational and cultural sights that range from fascinating old buildings to botanical gardens an zoos.

 

  • Botanical gardens
       VondelPark : 2.40 km
    Lake
       IJsselmeer : 10.00 km
    Zoo
       Artis : 2.00 km
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