Amsterdam has so much to offer that it is impossible to see everything in a week, let alone in a weekend. To make things a little easier for you we divided the city into nine easy reference areas for you. Each area has its own character. In the one area you will mainly find the authentic Amsterdam with its real brown pubs, in the next area you will find the most important art collections of the Netherlands, large shops or the country unusual specialist shops or nature combined with history. For those who want to go out, Amsterdam Rembrandtplein is the place to be. You could easily spend a day in each area, but luckily combining the areas is also easy. The areas link up well, public transport will take you everywhere. Should you be at a loss, Amsterdammers are helpful and practically everyone speaks English.

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shop online1. Jordaan – Authentic working class area – You can wander around through the streets and side streets in a relaxed way and enjoy the spontaneous and relaxed atmosphere. You can experience the typical atmosphere of the Jordaan, in streets like Westerstraat, Tweede Anjeliersdwarsstraat, Tweede Tuindwarsstraat, and around the Noordermarkt. When you walk from the Noorderkerk to the Westerkerk the recognizable church that has a blue red crown on its tower, you will automatically get to the Westermarkt. Here you will find the monument for gay people, consisting of three large pink granite triangles. From here you can go straight on the Rozengracht. This shopping street is very well liked because of its diversity of nice shops.  ”Gezellig” – this Dutch word that can barely be translated properly applies perfectly to the typical  pubs in the Jordaan. The atmosphere is easy going, the people are spontaneous and speak with a very broad Amsterdam accent. You will regularly hear the sound of original Dutch music.

2. 9 Straat Jes – Not far behind Dam Square, between the well known ring of canals, you will find nine small streets full of small specialist shops, boutiques and galleries. The three times three shops are situated neatly side to side and together they are a km long, but make no mistake. You can easily lose yourself here for a day. The collections of the shops show that the owners are passionate enthusiasts. Many of them have made their hobby their job. If you love clothes with just something special, you can indulge yourself in the more than fifty clothes shops. No sameness here, but mainly colorful, chick, trendy, exciting vintage or second hand clothes. All the shops really show sincere interests: shoe shops with unusual collections, a sock shop for men, specialized bookshops, a cheese shop  with hundreds of different types of cheeses and have you ever seen a White Teeth shop before?

3. Museumkwartier – There are a number of things you cannot get round in Amsterdam. Culture enthusiasts cannot go home before they have admired a number of masterpieces in Holland’s most important museums with their own eyes. Where to begin? National Museum an impressive monumental building dating from 1885. You will find the famous masterpieces of Dutch an Flemish painters from the fifteenth up to and including the nineteenth century. Here you will also find Rembrandt’s world famous Night Watch. Van Gogh Museum – When you walk through this museum  you clearly  see how this painter developed. As sombre as the paintings are that he made in the Netherlands, so colorful and vivid are the works that he made on French soil. Concert building – In 1988 the first concert took place in this famous Concert building. The acoustics in the building are extraordinary. In 2013 the Concertgebouw is celebrating its 125 th anniversary. Every month of the Jubilee year a different period from the history of the Concertgebouw are central.

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4. Old Town –  Anyone who has been in Amsterdam, will get inevitable questions about the Red Light district. In the Netherlands prostitution is legal. Although not appreciated by everyone, a tour through the Red Light district will certainly be an interesting experience. It can be combined well with  a visit to  and a good meal in adjacent ,,China Town”. The Zeedijk and China Town – Close to Central station you will find one of the oldest streets in Amsterdam:the Zeedijk. The place is swarming with restaurants, caffes and Indonesian shops. The Zeedijk is the center of China Town:the Peking Ducks hang behind the windows and a large Buddist temple colors the street scene. From midday you will increasingly smell aromas that make your mouth water. The Red Light district covers the area between Zeedijk and Warmoesstraat. As soon as dusk falls and the shining red light greets you, the atmosphere is loose and laid back here. The ladies behind the windows wink playfully are friendly and wave to the merry passers by. There are plenty of pubs to recover while enjoying a beer.

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5. City Center – a five minute walk from Amsterdam Central Station, you will get to Dam Square. Here you will find the Palace and the national Monument. The large dove population and street artists also attract the attention. From Dam Square you walk straight int the Walhalla for shopping fanatics. The major store chains are all represented here. Kalverstraat and Spui – Everyone on the Netherlands knows this shopping street, Kalverstraat. It is about one km long and has 15 side streets and alleys. Year round Kalverstraat attracts people who want to do some serious shopping. Halfway through Kalverstraat you can walk onto one of Amsterdam’s most beautiful small squares: Spui. You will find a second hand book market here every Friday. On Saturdays there is an art market. Royal Palace and National Monument – For those who don’t just want to pass dam Square – the Palace on Dam Square is pen for visitors a large part of the year. A major part of the art collection of the Oranje Nassau royal family can be seen in the rooms. The National Monument opposite the Palace is the most important monument in the Netherlands in commemoration of World War II. Amsterdam Museum Begijnhof – Just behind the bustling Kalverstraat you will find the Museum that specialises in the history of Amsterdam. The Begijnhofje is an old court of almshouses with 49 houses dating fro different time periods.
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6. Rembrandtplein – Eating, drinking and dancing you do around Rembrandtplein (Rembrandt square). All year around this is the place to be for dazzling nightlife and in summer the outdoor cafes are crowded. There is also enough to see and do in the area for people who enjoy the good life. Heineken brewery – For everyone who likes to drink beer a visit to the Heineken Brewery is a must really. In  the former brewery on Stadhouderskade, whic is a fifteen minute walk from Rembrandt Square, you will make an interactive trip through the world of Heineken with the Heineken Experience. Shopping in the Utrechtsestraat – When you go to the Heineken Brewery from Rembrandtplein you can walk there via Reguliersgracht, but you can also take Utrechsestraat. The specialist shops for clothing, books, design furniture and music will certainly make the small detour worth your while. The Utrechtsestraat is typically one of those Amsterdam streets with tasteful, unique and quirky shops.

7. The Plantage – You don’t feel a lot of enthusiasm for the still life works in the Museum Quarter and you don’t feel like shopping or sight seeing? with its 19th century architecture the Plantage is a green and quiet part of Amsterdam where there is plenty to do. Resistance Museum – You will find a lot of Jewish history in the Plantage. The Resistance Museum brings an impressive part of history to life. Admire the courage with which citizens undertook all kinds of things for Jewish fellow citizens and against the German occupier. Artis Royal Zoo  –  The oldest Zoo of Netherlands was established in 1938. nature and culture come together in this attractive city zoo. The monumental buildings and old trees give the park a completely own ambiance. Let yourself be led along the monumental aquarium. Hortus Botanicus – A very special thing: one of the oldest horti in the world. The Hortus Botanicus was established as a city herb garden 375 years ago. You will find over 6000 different varieties of plants here. Hermitage Museum – Since 209 you can admire exhibitions with art from the Hermitage of St. Petersburg, Russia in this beautiful building among the Amstel river. Two new exhibitions are opened each year.


8. Leidseplein – Amsterdam’s most famous largest and most touristic entertainment area. There are countless restaurants with affordable day specials and outdoor cafes that even have heating when weather is somewhat cold. Leidseplein is also the epicentre of all kinds of well known theaters and concert podiums. Most people who have shopped in the city center and people who have visited the museums on Museumplein end up at Leidseplein. This is a great place to rest you weary feet. Do you want to eat something? On the square and in the streets around the square all tastes are catered for:Italian, Mexican, Indian and even Tibetan. On and around Max Euweplein – Max Euweplein is situated at less than a five minuete walk from Leidseplein by Weteringschans. You will find various restaurants and cafes here, among which the Hard Rock cafe. You will also find Holland Casino here which houses the Lido Club.

9. The Docklands – In the past fifty years Amsterdam’s harbor activities have moved to the west of the city . As a result space to live opened up along the IJ lake. The architecture is striking and interesting, it is the architecture of Amsterdam in the future. Architecture and urban design – Present and past have been brought together in the architecture and the urban design of the Docklands. The  harbor feeling is still alive, but old warehouses have been given new functions and the diverging designs of various artists link up with each other perfectly. Admire the special houses on KNSM island, walk across the whole Java island via the pedestrian bridges and take a look at the Whale on the Sporenbrug on Borneo island.

Booking Hotel in Amsterdam

Hotel Die Port Van Cleve is a beautiful, historical hotel on the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal, just behind the Royal Palace on Dam Square. The hotel recently renovated all its 122 rooms to meet contemporary standards of comfort and style. They are now equipped with A/C, laptop safe, coffee & tea maker and a fridge. To give you a sense of the new atmosphere:in 1888, bar bodega De Blauwe Parade was opened, featuring a unique Delft Blue  tile fresco of some 26 meters.

Hotel Okura  – An oasis in the heart of Amsterdam, where guests can escape the daily routine and unwind in a luxurious and refined atmosphere. That is what  the new Nagomi Spa of Hotel Okura Amsterdam has to offer. ”Nagomi” means – to calm down. Dark wood, rich textures, art and a Japanese stone garden contribute to the characteristic mix of European style and Japanese finesse.

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