ATTRACTIONS & EVENTS IN AMSTERDAM

Amsterdam never gets boring

Amsterdam Museum


The rich collection of works of art, objects and archaeological finds brings to life the fortunes of Amsterdammers of days gone by and today. From a mediaeval child's shoe and the map of Cornelis Antonisz from 1538, giving a bird's-eye view of the city, to the impressive Civic Guard paintings from the Golden Age. Photos and film material show the happy times as well as the drama of the modern city's inhabitants. You'll witness the poverty in the Jordaan area he 19th century but also the idealism of the sixties and Ajax's success at football.

Amsterdam DNA. As a three-dimensional travel guide, this presentation takes you on a 45-minute historical tour of Amsterdam.

Carefully selected highlights, exhibits and loan items, tell the interesting story of this multifaceted city in seven chapters. In each chapter, one exhibit forms the basis for the story of that period. These stories are told through exciting animations which are projected onto big glass screens in the middle of the gallery. Every visitor is given a travel guide which can activate the animations of each period in one of the ten languages offered, from Italian to Russian and Japanese.

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Hermitage Amsterdam


A major European cultural destination, the greatly expanded Hermitage Amsterdam, welcomes visitors to its elegantly restored 17th-century building in the historic heart of Amsterdam. It was founded to bring the richness and grandeur of Russia's artistic heritage to one of the West's most charming capitals. The Hermitage Amsterdam is open daily from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. Closed on January 1st, April 27th and December 25th.

Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age

Thirty enormous 17th century group portraits from the collections of the Amsterdam Museum and the Rijksmuseum have been brought together for the first time and will be on display in the Hermitage Amsterdam. These "brothers and sisters" of the Night Watch are unique in the world and rarely seen due to their size. They show us regents, archers and merchants from all different classes, backgrounds and religions, standing shoulder to shoulder like brothers.

Together they illustrate the story of the collective citizenship that is so typical of the Netherlands. They serve as a reflection for us, because the relationship they had back then forms the basis for our modern-day standards and social interaction. Would you like to know why the Dutch attach so much importance to freedom and equality? The answer is hanging - in life-size form - on the wall of the Hermitage Amsterdam.

Dutch Masters from the Hermitage. Treasures of the Tsars

From 7 October 2017

It’s been a long time coming but 7 October is the great day. For the first time in its existence, the Hermitage Amsterdam is mounting a show of Dutch masters from the renowned St Petersburg collection. The Nieuwe Keizersgracht wing will showcase one of the greatest treasures of the State Hermitage: the world’s leading collection of Dutch Golden Age painting outside the Netherlands. No fewer than 63 works by 50 different artists are being brought to Amsterdam for a unique exhibition that will celebrate the paintings first (brief) ‘home-coming’ in 350 years.

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Van Gogh Museum


During his ten-year artistic career, Van Gogh was highly prolific. A full 864 paintings and almost 1,200 drawings and prints have survived. The largest collection of his work – more than 200 paintings, 437 drawings and 31 prints – can be found in the Van Gogh Museum. Many other drawings and paintings by Van Gogh can be found at the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo (The Netherlands) and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. The rest of his work is divided among a large number of museums and private collections around the world, including many in the Netherlands, France, Germany, the United States and Japan.

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Anne Frank House


Anne Frank is one of Amsterdam’s best-known historical figures. Anne and her family lived in hiding from the Nazis for more than two years in a house on the Prinsengracht. Anne was eventually deported to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945, where she later died at the young age of 15. Today, Anne’s spirit lives on through her diary and the huge numbers of visitors who come to Amsterdam every year to learn more about her short life.

The former hiding place, where Anne Frank wrote her diary, is now a well-known museum. The museum tells the history of the eight people in hiding and those who helped them during the war. Anne Frank's diary is among the original objects on display. The museum is open daily from 9.00 AM until 10.00 PM (from November until March closing time is 7.00 PM and 09.00 PM on Saturdays).

From 9 AM to 3:30 PM the museum is only open to visitors with an online ticket for a particular time slot. From 3:30 PM until closing time you can visit the Anne Frank House without an online ticket and buy a ticket at the museum entrance.

Due to renewal work, from 16 October 2017 all visitors must purchase an online ticket (with a time slot) in advance. Opening times may vary, and it's temporarily no longer possible to purchase tickets at the museum after 3:30 PM.

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The Rijksmuseum


The Rijksmuseum is the iconic museum of the Netherlands. After ten years of rebuilding, refurbishing and renovating, the Rijksmuseum once again opened its doors to the public in full splendour on 13 April 2013. Both the building and the presentation of the collection underwent a total transformation. This revamping resulted in surprising furnishings, beautiful exhibitions, dazzling events and numerous facilities for young and old.

The Rijksmuseum’s world-famous collection is being presented in an entirely new way. Visitors go on a journey through the ages and experience a sense of beauty and of time. In 80 galleries, 8,000 objects tell the story of 800 years of Dutch art and history, from the Middle Ages to Mondrian.

Johan Maelwael

October 6 2017 to January 7 2018 Philips Wing

The Rijksmuseum honors the first Northern Netherlandish painter: Johan Maelwael (Jean Malouel, Nijmegen, c. 1370 - Dijon, 1415). This uncle of the legendary Limbourg Brothers was active as a versatile, pioneering and productive artist at the courts of the Dukes of Guelders and Burgundy around 1400. Johan Maelwael became one of the most successful and best paid artist of the Western Europe in the Middle Ages.

The absolute centrepiece of the exhibition will be La Grande Pietà ronde from the collection of the Musée du Louvre. This Lamentation of Christ, painted for Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy (1363-1404), combines the subject of the Suffering Christ with that of the Holy Trinity. The round panel, preserved in a pristine condition, is one of the rare works attributed to Johan Maelwael to have survived. Purchased by the Louvre in 1864 it has never left Paris since 1962. The panel will make its first appearance in the Netherlands. Other exceptional loans will come from, among others, the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris, The Cleveland Museum of Art, the Royal Library of Belgium in Brussels and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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The Stedelijk Museum


A complete renovation of the Stedelijk’s historic building, designed by A.W. Weissman and dating back to 1895, has converted virtually all of its program spaces into galleries, enabling the first comprehensive display the Stedelijk has ever mounted of its permanent collection, widely acknowledged to be among the world’s most important collections of modern and contemporary art and design. The dynamic new building—designed by Mels Crouwel of Benthem Crouwel Architects and measuring 10,000 square meters (98,400 square feet)—provides new space for the Stedelijk’s renowned and influential temporary exhibitions, as well as a host of new amenities. The innovative design also re-orients the entire museum to face onto Amsterdam’s Museumplein (Museum Plaza), activating a vital public space that is shared by the Stedelijk and its neighbors: the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Concertgebouw.

“With this long-awaited opening, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam reaffirms and strengthens its place among leading international art institutions, showcases Amsterdam as a center of artistic experimentation and brings new life to the Museumplein, re-establishing it as a cultural destination,” Ann Goldstein stated. “And with the completion of Mels Crouwel’s bold yet brilliantly functional building, we are effectively adding a major new work to our exceptional collection of Dutch modern design.”

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The National Maritime Museum


The National Maritime Museum shows how our culture has been shaped by the sea. Stimulating, interactive exhibitions allow visitors to explore 500 years of maritime history. Attractive object exhibitions show the best of our world famous collection. We have special exhibitions for children, including See you in the Golden Age and The tale of the whale. We even have one for children under the age of 6: Sal & Lori and Circus at Sea. And last but not least: the exciting ride Voyage at Sea (8+) and the famous replica of the East Indiaman Amsterdam is back at the quay. Het Scheepvaartmuseum has been completely renovated, but still exudes history and is a beautifully imposing and impressive building in the heart of Amsterdam.

The National Maritime Museum is housed in 's Lands Zeemagazijn (the Arsenal). This historic building dating from 1656 was designed by Daniel Stalpaert as a storehouse for the Admiralty of Amsterdam. It was built in the Golden Age, when Amsterdam was the largest port and market place in the world. Goods from all over the world could be bought right here. Today, over 350 years later, the Zeemagazijn remains an imposing and impressive building with a great deal of character. It exudes history, making it the perfect location for The National Maritime Museum, which has been housed here since 1973.

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The creation of the Beurs van Berlage

At the end of the 19th century, trade in Amsterdam was flourishing and a growing number of people decided to move to the city. Of the two previous incarnations of the Amsterdam stock exchange, believed to be the oldest in the world, one building had become unsuitable and too small. In 1896, a new and improved stock exchange venue was agreed upon, and the honour of developing this new building went to architect and urban designer Hendrik Petrus Berlage.

The multi-functional design of the Beurs van Berlage

Berlage designed a completely new building, with as its most prominent feature the bell tower carrying the ‘Beursbengel’ (exchange bell). Berlage, being a socialist, believed the stock exchange trade had a short lifespan and wouldn’t become as big as it is now. Yet he found a smart and creative solution for this dilemma: inspired by the Italian Palazzo Pubblicos, he decided to design the new stock exchange building in such a way that it could serve as a grand communal home and a public palace.

Beurs of Berlage today

In its current state, the Beurs van Berlage building combines the hosting of cultural and social activities, with serving as a conference and events centre. Exhibitions are wide ranging; 2017 shows include the works of Leonardo da Vinci and Andy Warhol, while at the end of the year, over 300 pieces of authentic Louis Vuitton trunks and other items dating as far back as the 1850’s, will be on display during a unique fashion exhibition.

Other parts of the building concentrate on public events, conferences, concerts, dinners, meetings, symposiums and exhibitions - with so many rooms and possibilities, the Beurs van Berlage is the ideal place to host these various events.

Visiting the Beurs van Berlage

As well as the exhibitions and corporate events, the Beurs of Berlage is also open to visitors to enjoy the unique architecture and guided tours are available several days per week. It is also a great place to have meal or a drink, rent a bike or even enjoy your own “Sherlocked” experience with a group of friends.

Guests at Hotel Amsterdam will find the Beurs of Berlage only a few hundred metres further down the Damrak – next to the Bijenkorf - in the direction of the Central Station, making it an easy stroll from the Hotel. As well as the Beurs of Berlage, many of Amsterdam’s attractions are within easy reach of the hotel, due to its excellent location near the iconic Dam Square and the many transport connections provided at the nearby Central station.

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The Central Station of Amsterdam, (Amsterdam Centraal) is one of the most important and busiest traffic interchanges in the Netherlands. Daily, many thousands of people get on and off trains, trams, metro, buses, taxis or ferries here. Just a few minutes’ walk from the station brings you right into the heart of Amsterdam.
Amsterdam combines the intimacy of a village with all the possibilities of a big city. Its people are friendly and helpful, and the city has a rich history, with a great deal to see, do and a famously diverse nightlife to enjoy.

As well as providing transport, the building is an architectural joy dating back to the late 1880s, and it is artistically modulated with projections, towers and fine stone detail. It forms the Old Centre’s edge along the IJ, and provides a wonderful backdrop to the Station square and the Damrak. Inside, there are numerous shops, restaurants and cafes to enjoy before hopping on a train.

Gateway to the rest of Holland

If you are lucky enough to stay in Amsterdam for more than just a few days, there are several excursions that are worth making to see a little more of the country. Hotel Amsterdam, situated at just 700 metres from the Station, is the perfect place to enjoy the many delights Amsterdam has to offer, while also being ideally located for further exploring our beautiful country by train.

Something for everyone

You could enjoy a tour of the famous Dutch windmills, with options to try typical Dutch cheese or even buy some real wooden clogs. Or make an effort to visit De Keukenhof in spring to marvel at the millions of tulips on display.
Alternatively, there are whole and half day tours that take in Delft (where the famous “Delfts Blauw” blue and white porcelain is made) and Madurodam, the amazing miniature model village in The Hague, which includes all the famous highlights of Holland as well as moving boats, planes and much more. Other trips are of course possible, as the Netherlands is small enough to explore multiple cities and its sights.

Hotel Amsterdam next to Central Station

With its location immediately outside the Dam Square, yet within several hundred metres of the Central Station, Hotel Amsterdam could not be better placed for your excursions both inside the capital as well as for trips further afield. Business travellers will also appreciate the many tram and bus connections which give easy access to international conference and exhibition centres and meeting places.

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If you are planning an overnight stay or a day trip to Amsterdam, one place you definitely cannot afford to miss is the Dam Square, in the heart of Amsterdam. An easy five-minute walk down the Damrak from the Central Station, brings you into this square, often referred to as the historical heart of Amsterdam. It was created in the 13th century when a dam was built around the river Amstel to prevent the sea from invading the city. Having always been a popular trading place, it became the main horse tram interchange toward the end of the 19th century. Slowly the character of the square changed from a trading place to a “national” meeting place, known to locals and visitors. During the sixties, the square was renowned for its Dam Square hippies, and the laid back and relaxed character of this square lives on. Hotel Amsterdam, just off Dam Square, is your ideal base for visiting this area.

Dam square: a popular meeting point

Dam Square is home to a huge number of food stalls, restaurants with inviting terraces, shops and a number of national monuments and attractions such as the Royal Palace and the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church).
From Dam Square, you can easily explore Amsterdam’s many museums and attractions, or go for a tour of the city, either by boat, on foot or by bicycle. The square itself is the perfect spot by day for relaxing on a terrace, grabbing a light lunch, and watching the street performers, tourists and locals. In the evening, enjoy some time in the laid-back brown cafes in the narrow alleys surrounding the square.

Hotel near Dam Square

Hotels on and around Dam Square are probably the most sought after in Amsterdam, as their location puts visitors close to all major points of interest. Business people find it convenient to be close to the Central Station, with good bus and tram connections to commercial venues such as the RAI Convention and Exhibition centre.
Hotel Amsterdam is conveniently placed, just a meters away from Dam Square as well as just 700 metres from the Central station. From your hotel near Dam Square, you can easily find your way to the city’s many highlights and attractions, hop on a bus or tram, or explore the country further catching a train.

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The royal palace: A unique slice of history

Although no longer the home of the Dutch royal family, the Royal Palace (Het Koninklijk Paleis) is certainly worth a look if you are visiting Amsterdam. Situated on Dam Square in the very heart of Amsterdam, the Palace was originally built as the city hall for the inhabitants of Amsterdam in 1648. After a short spell in the early 1800s, when the building was home to the French King Louis I, who ruled the Netherlands at the time, and later to the French Governor, the building finally became the home of King William I of the Netherlands, and many generations of the Dutch royal family have used it since then.

Marvel at the rich past

Open to the general public, except when it is being used for official events, on most days visitors can enjoy the architecture, marble, paintings and luxury interiors of the Palace. A free audio tour in various languages is provided as part of the entrance fee of €10.00, while guided tours with historians can be arranged for larger parties. The superb collection of Empire furniture, clocks and chandeliers in the Palace, dating back to the French occupation, is one of the best preserved and most complete collections in the world.

The Dutch royal family

Today, the head of the Dutch royal family is King Willem-Alexander, but what not many people know is that he is also 889th (give or take a few cousins along the way) in line to the British throne! The royal family in the Netherlands is related to just about every other monarch in Europe. Through his great-great-great-grandfather Jan Willem Friso, Prince of Orange, King Willem-Alexander is a cousin to Margrethe II of Denmark, Albert II of Belgium, the Grand-Duke of Luxembourg, Harald V of Norway, Juan-Carlos of Spain, Albert II of Monaco, and Queen Elizabeth II.

Your ideal base for visiting the Royal Palace

Hotel Amsterdam, on the Damrak, is situated around the corner from the Royal Palace, making it an easy stroll from the hotel to the Palace. The Damrak is one of the oldest parts of Amsterdam. When you arrive at the Central Station in Amsterdam, the Damrak leads you straight into the heart of the city, which means that even today it is the main entrance for millions of visitors and residents to the city. A visit to the elegant Dutch department store De Bijenkorf, situated opposite Hotel Amsterdam, is also highly recommended.

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