Things to do in Amsterdam

Things to do in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is one of the most exciting cities in Europe, with so much to do and see that it’s impossible to fit everything into one trip. Whether you’re interested in art, culture, history, or just having a good time, there’s something for everyone in Amsterdam.

One of the must-visit places in Amsterdam is the Van Gogh Museum. Here you can explore the life and work of one of the most famous artists of all time. The museum houses a huge collection of Van Gogh’s paintings, sketches, and letters, giving you an insight into his mind and artistic vision. Don’t miss the chance to see his iconic Sunflowers painting in person.

Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam
Foto door Phong Thanh

Another top attraction in Amsterdam is the Rijksmuseum. It’s one of the largest and most important museums in the world, housing a vast collection of Dutch art and history. The museum’s impressive collection includes works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and many other famous Dutch painters. Make sure to see the Night Watch, the museum’s most famous painting.

One of the best ways to explore Amsterdam is by taking a canal tour. Amsterdam is famous for its picturesque canals, and taking a boat tour will give you a unique perspective on the city. You’ll see beautiful houses, bridges, and churches from the water, and learn about the history and culture of the city.

If you’re looking for a more local experience, head to the Jordaan neighborhood. This charming area is full of narrow streets, beautiful buildings, and boutique shops. You can wander around and explore the many cafes and restaurants, or just soak up the atmosphere.

For a more somber but important experience, visit the Anne Frank House. The museum is dedicated to the life and legacy of Anne Frank, the young girl who wrote a diary while hiding from the Nazis during World War II. The museum is located in the house where Anne Frank and her family hid for two years before they were discovered and deported.

Amsterdam is also famous for its liberal drug laws, and many tourists visit the city to try marijuana in one of the many coffee shops. While this might not be everyone’s cup of tea, it’s certainly an interesting experience. Just remember to be responsible and respectful while consuming any substances.

Another area that Amsterdam is famous for is the Red Light District. While it might not be for everyone, it’s certainly an eye-opening experience. You can see the infamous window prostitutes and explore the many sex shops and live sex shows. Just remember to be respectful and keep your wits about you while you’re there.

If you’re looking for something more wholesome, head to the Albert Cuyp Market. It’s the largest open-air market in Amsterdam and sells everything from fresh produce to clothing and souvenirs. You can sample some traditional Dutch snacks like stroopwafels or try some local cheeses.

Photo by Jack Winbow

One of the best ways to see Amsterdam is by bike. The city is famous for its bike culture, and cycling is a great way to get around and see the sights. You can rent a bike from one of the many rental shops and explore the city at your own pace.

Finally, for beer lovers, the Heineken Experience is a must-visit. The museum is located in the former Heineken brewery and offers a fun and interactive tour of the brewing process. You can learn about the history of the brewery and taste some fresh Heineken beer at the end of the tour.

In conclusion, Amsterdam is an exciting and vibrant city with a lot to offer. Whether you’re interested in art, culture, history, or just having a good time, there’s something for everyone in Amsterdam. So wait any longer, pack your bags and look for a hotel or hostel.

Some hotels in Amsterdam

Sarphatipark hotels top 9

Sarphatipark hotels top 9

The Sarphatipark is a rectangular park of 4.5 hectares in the middle of the Amsterdam residential area De Pijp in the South district. The park was named in 1888 after the physician, urban planner and benefactor Samuel Sarphati. The Sarphatipark is an oasis of peace and there a great place to stay around.

Here we selected 9 hotels around the Sarpathipark in Amsterdam.

1. Amsterdam Hostel Sarphati

2. The Arcade Hotel Amsterdam

3. Romantic Ground floor suite in Pijp

4. GuesthouseAmsterdam

5. De Gulde Graaf

6. Luxury Amsterdam City Centre

Travel to France from UK via Netherlands

Travel to France from UK via Netherlands

Many Britons are looking at other ways to travel to France after the French government has closed borders to the UK. One alternative way is travel to France via Netherlands or Belgium.

Britons react with anger and disbelief at the blocking of British holidaymakers. Many thousands of Britons see their winter holidays in ruins as a result. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has expressed his incomprehension about this and calls the selective measure ‘disproportionate’.

France has decided to close the borders for British tourists from next Saturday morning (red. 18 December).
This has led to a rush for alternative travel options such as by train or via other countries such as traveling by train via the Netherlands or Belgium.

The great British outcry is partly due to the fact that other European countries have relatively more infections than the United Kingdom. France explains the measure by the rapid increase in the number of omnicron infections in the UK.
The British are not happy to say the least that many of their holidays are ruined. They also have to find out whether they will get their money back.

Travel to the the Netherlands less strict

People who travel to the Netherlands must meet certain requirements, but fortunately it is not as strict as in Italy and Greece, where mandatory testing applies. Travelers from countries that fall under the Schengen area only need to show a corona certificate via the well-known CoronaCheck app. The UK does not fall under the Schengen area, separate rules apply to this.

Travel to france form uk

Travelling from and returning to the UK

Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting. If you will pass through a red list country, book your hotel quarantine package before travelling to the UK.

You are responsible for organising your own COVID-19 test, in line with UK government testing requirements. The Dutch Municipal Health Service (GGD) can only be used for testing if you have COVID-19 symptoms. See the Dutch Government’s website for more details of how and where to get tested for travel purposes. Always check that the type of test and the test result certificate meets the full testing requirements (e.g. name of the test provider and their contact details, if appropriate) for entry into either EnglandScotlandWales and Northern Ireland.

Photo: Guy Ducas

Schiphol airport hotel shuttle

Schiphol airport hotel shuttle

If you are looking for a Schiphol airport hotel shuttle, then you have come to the right place. We have selected a number of beautiful hotels with their own shuttle service for you. If you are going to make the reservation, you can indicate during the booking process whether you want to use the shuttle service. We wish you a pleasant flight and stay in Amsterdam.

Stay near Schiphol Airport

Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol hotel is directly connected to the international airport terminal of Schiphol Airport. Via a covered walkway Schiphol is only a 5 to 7-minute walk away. The hotel offers free WiFi throughout the property and there is underground parking garage with charging stations for electric cars.

The hotel features a 42 m high atrium. The hotel has 433 spacious rooms with diamond-shaped windows with views over Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

The Bowery Restaurant offers an interactive dining experience, where guests can create their own dishes and where dishes are prepared à la minute. This restaurant with open kitchens provides authentic yet contemporary flavours, tasty grill dishes and Asian specialties as well as carefully selected authentic dishes. Dishes are prepared with local products from Dutch suppliers and farmers.

Axis Lobby & Cocktail Bar serves as a bustling café during the day and a lively bar in the evening – specialising in a wide selection of gin and Dutch jenevers. The 24-hour Fitness Centre is featured with the latest generation of training equipment. Guests can relax in sauna or steam room.

The city centre of Amsterdam and several popular attractions such as the Van Gogh Museum, the Anne Frank House and the Rijksmuseum are only 15 minutes away. In a 5 to 7-minute walk, guests will find Schiphol train station with direct connections to various cities like Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. The popular beach destination of Zandvoort is a 30-minute drive away, the Zaanse Schans region is a 25-minute drive away and the Keukenhof flower gardens are 20 minutes’ drive away. 

ibis Styles Amsterdam Airport

ibis Styles Amsterdam Airport offers air-conditioned rooms and a free shuttle service near Schiphol International Airport. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel and paid parking can be found in the nearby carpark.

The hotel has 141 spacious and soundproof rooms with a focus on design, equipped with black-out curtains and LED TVs.

The vibrant Skymaster Restaurant & Bar offers a full service concept from morning till after midnight, catering for all meals of the day.

Guests can enjoy activities such as cycling, canoeing and horse riding in the Amsterdamse Bos, a large city park located close to the hotel.

The city centre of Amsterdam and several popular destinations such as RAI Convention Center, Keukenhof, Rijksmuseum or Johan Cruijff ArenA can be reached by bus or train in 20 minutes. 

Free shuttle service!

Park Inn by Radisson Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Hotel Park Inn by Radisson Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Park Inn by Radisson offers contemporary rooms with free high speed Wi-Fi and 24-hour access to the fitness centre. The free Schiphol airport hotel shuttle service takes you from or to Schiphol airport in 20 minutes.

Guests can enjoy the breakfast buffet daily and the restaurant offers à la carte dinner during the week. In the weekend a stew of the day is served between 18:00 and 21:00 hrs. At Park Inn by Radisson guests can have a drink in the stylish decorated bar with modern lighting or relax with a refreshment at the terrace.

Dry cleaning is offered and a spacious modern meeting room is available for usage. Guests benefit from on-site parking for a surcharge.

The hotel is located at Schiphol-Rijk business park. Amsterdam city centre can be directly accessed within 15 minutes by train from Schiphol Airport and the A4 highway is a 2-minute ride by car.

All rooms are carpeted and light coloured with small colourful details on the wall as well on the bed. A desk, and in some rooms a refrigerator is provided. The private bathroom features a walk-in shower.

The Limburgse Leeuw in Amsterdam

The Limburgse Leeuw in Amsterdam

The initiative was set up by Marcia Luyten and Petra Stienen. They notice that there are many prejudices about Limburg, which are often outdated. “Little attention is paid to the periphery in the capital”, says Petra Stienen. “You see that very well this year with Trump in the US and Brexit in England. Marcia and I think it is good that Amsterdam gets to know the real Limburg one day.” The evening in Amsterdam is also the starting shot for the 150th anniversary of Limburg. On May 11 this year it will be exactly 150 years ago that Limburg was released from the German federation. The current status of Limburg was established in the Treaty of London, as a province of only the Netherlands.

Do you want to see it for yourselves? Book your B&B Limburg


Leonardo Royal officially open

Leonardo Royal officially open

The Leonardo Royal Hotel Amsterdam was officially opened yesterday. The doors have been open to guests since April. The hotel is part of the Israeli Fattal Hotel Group, which now has three Leonardo hotels in the Netherlands.

Fattal sees the hotel in Amsterdam as “the next step in the international growth strategy.” Of the current 200 hotels in Europe and Israel, the Leonardo Royal Hotel Amsterdam is the group’s largest conference hotel.

In Europe the group owns the Leonardo Hotels, the Leonardo Royal Hotels, the Leonardo Boutique Hotels, the NYX Hotels by Leonardo Hotels and the acquired chains Jurys Inn (United Kingdom and Ireland) and the Apollo Hotels in the Netherlands.

Alexander Kluit, Managing Director of Fattal Hotel Group for the Netherlands and Belgium, says in a statement: Almost a year ago, Apollo Hotels became part of Fattal Hotel Group. Since then, our portfolio has more than 1,500 rooms in the Dutch capital. The Leonardo Royal Hotel Amsterdam is our new flagship hotel for meetings and events of all sizes, with which we join the top four conference hotels in the international business center of Amsterdam. “

New construction
The Leonardo Royal Hotel Amsterdam is a new building, located in the Amstelkwartier and has 490 rooms. There are eleven meeting rooms for the business market.

The interior was designed by Andreas Neudahm, who has incorporated many elements that refer to the Golden Age in the Netherlands. The hotel’s restaurant, Vitruv, has a capacity of 400 place settings.

The other two Leonardo locations are: Leonardo Hotel Amsterdam City Center and Leonardo Hotel Amsterdam Rembrandtpark (a former Apollo Hotel). The Apollo chain now has twelve hotels.


Hotel description

Set in Amsterdam, 3.6 km from Amsterdam RAI, Leonardo Royal Hotel Amsterdam offers accommodation with a restaurant, private parking, a fitness centre and a bar. Among the facilities at this property are room service and a business centre, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The property features a hammam, evening entertainment and a 24-hour front desk.The units come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a coffee machine, a shower, a hairdryer and a desk. At the hotel every room has a wardrobe and a private bathroom.

A buffet breakfast is available every morning at Leonardo Royal Hotel Amsterdam. The accommodation offers 4-star accommodation with a sauna. Heineken Experience is 5 km from Leonardo Royal Hotel Amsterdam, while Johan Cruijff Arena is 5 km away. The nearest airport is Schiphol Airport, 18 km from the hotel. Amsterdam Oost is a great choice for travellers interested in convenient public transport, atmosphere and cafés.