The capital of the Netherlands is easily accessible by car or by public transportation, which makes it an ideal destination for the day. This 'metropole' is very versatile. It is a marvellous historic city with numerous monuments and cultural events. Its unique character is defined by the canals with houseboats, the grand townhouses and the cosy cafés. Amsterdam has many corners that appeal to the imagination. The Red Light District,one of the most famous red-light districts in the world, attracts quite a few tourists. In addition it is worthwhile to visit the cosy Albert Cuypmarkt, the renowned Artis Zoo, the green Vondel park and the exclusive P.C. Hooftstraat. You certainly shouldn't skip a visit to the Rijksmuseum, with its large collection of Dutch art.
Shops in Amsterdam
Are you looking for the rather special shops? Take a stroll through the narrow streets between the historical canals or through the Spiegelkwartier. Opposite the Rijksmuseum you will find antique shops and special shops, each one of them with its own, individual atmosphere and style.
If you are looking for bargains, you should try your luck at the Amsterdam markets. Here you will find flowers, vegetables, fruit, used books, clothes and furniture and there's hardly a place where these goods can be bought at a better price. What's more, the cosy atmosphere at the Amsterdam markets is another fine reason for a visit. The typical Amsterdam atmosphere can be heard, seen and felt all around.
Between art and kitsch
Contemporary art, abstract art, glass art, Amsterdam boasts many galleries, offering art objects. The good thing about a walk along the galleries is the fact that you will have made a fascinating explorative tour in a short period of time, witnessing many various styles and techniques. There is something to suit all tastes. Another attractive aspect is the location of the galleries in picturesque streets (Spiegelstraat).
Spiegelkwartier Art & Antiques
Opposite the Rijksmuseum is where the Spiegelkwartier is located. Here you will find 70 antique stores and galleries, among which various owners, in the capacity of specialists, made their appearance in the Dutch television programme 'Between Art and Kitsch.' Whether you will be looking for a Karel Appel or an Art Deco ring, a delftware tile, Roman or modern glass: there's a good chance, you will succeed here!
Opening hours shops
Most shops are open from Tuesday through Friday from 09.00h (9 a.m.) to 18.00h (6 p.m.) The shops generally open on Saturday at 9.00h (9 a.m.) and closing time is 17.00h (5 p.m.). On Monday the shops are open from 13.00h (1 p.m.) - department stores generally from 11.00h (11 a.m.) In the centre of Amsterdam the shops offer late night shopping on Thursday until 21.00h (9 p.m) and Sunday opening hours from 12.00h (noon) to 19.00h (7 p.m.)
Take the ferry across to Amsterdam!
In close vicinity to the hotel is the ferry that will take you across to the centre of Amsterdam. Our receptionists will be happy to inform you with details!