The hotel itself is located in the Museumquarter, which is part of the Amsterdam Zuid district. It is the posh area of Amsterdam, you'll find lots of famous Dutch people here. This because of the high end shoppingstreets as well, like the P.C. Hooftstraat and the Cornelius Shuytstraat. You find in this area the Vondelpark, Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh museum and the Stedelijk Museum. So the name Museumquarter is very obvious.
You find this area on the South side of the Centre, between de Boerenwetering on the Westside, Amstel on the Eastside, the Singelgracht on the Northside and Amstelkaan on the Southside. Most of these streets are named to the Dutch painters accept voor the area within the Pipe called; Diamond district. The streets here are named after gemstones. The area has a lovely park called Sarphathipark. It is one of the smaller parks, but as well one of the more popular parks. Like the whole area is popular with the locals.
This market is the most famous markt in the Nederlands and is populair with the tourists as well. In 2005 the market excisted for 100 years. You'll find lots of restaurant and cafes on the Heinekensquare, Frans Halsstraat and the Gerard Dousquare. Lots of people compare this area with Quartier Latin in Paris.
The City Centre
In Amsterdam's oldest quarter you can browse through medieval streets. Ancient cafés alongside the trendiest of shops. The city was built around the Oude Kerk, Amsterdam's oldest building dating from 1300. In this part of Amsterdam every stone tells a story!
The Dam was built around 1270 between two dikes in order to prevent flooding. Now it is the central square between the Rokin and Damrak. The Palace on Dam Square, the Nieuwe Kerk, The War Memorial and Madam Tussaud's are its main attractions. The Dam has a rich history of revolt and demonstrations.
This more than 300 year old working-class area was given the name Jardin (garden) during the French occupation because all the streets are named after flowers, plants and trees. On Mondays and Saturdays you can visit several markets. An exploration of the many courtyards, shops and galleries is an absolute must! End the day with dinner in one of the many atmospheric restaurants.
The Nieuwmarkt is on the edge of the Red Light District and is dominated by the 15th century Waag (weighing house). The square is surrounded by 17th and 18th century facades and has many nice cafés and restaurants. In the summer the square is transformed into a big outdoor café where you can watch colourful Amsterdam pass by.
As of last count there were 720.493 people and 550.000 bikes ( you do the math), 160 canals, more than 1.200 bridges, and some 6.800 landmark buildings. Winter can be dark and chilly, summer temperatures rarely shoot past 75 F, and the rain (really more of a drizzle) democratically dampens through the seasons. Springtime is when every Amsterdammer holds fast to a bouquet of tulips and the whole blooming city looks like the lushest spot on Earth. Come Queen's day (April 30), the streets are packed with revelers and the canals bob with activity.
on the 22nd of September 2012 the Stedelijk Museum re-opened after years of renovation. This museum will show you todaysart and the art of tomorrow. After the re-opening the Museum got a new name from the locals... Now-a-days it is called the bathtub and when you will walk by you will know a it got its name.
A night out
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