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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.

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our rooms

The longer you stay with us, the more discount we give you! We offer discounts between 8% and 23% on stays of two nights and more. The highest discounts are applied to the longest stays. So enjoy and stay longer at Hotel Amsterdam De Roode Leeuw and pay less! You will find fully flexible rates only on our website. When you book through our website, you can cancel, modify or change your booking free of charge until 6 p.m. on the day of arrival.

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braserie de roode leeuw

Exciting news! Brasserie De Roode Leeuw is currently undergoing a major transformation so that we are expected to be able to welcome you again in our fully renovated Brasserie in early 2019. The hotel remains fully operational during this renovation.

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discover amsterdam

Located in the historical heart of the city, Hotel Amsterdam De Roode Leeuw has a convenient central location. Famous Dam Square, the true center of Amsterdam, is a stone's throw away from the hotel while Amsterdam Central Station is within walking distance at just 700 meters from our doorstep. On Dam Square, you'll find The Royal Palace, the New Church as well as Madame Tussaud’s wax statues museum.