A Brief History and Facts: Amsterdam was originally founded as "Aemstelredamme", which meant "dam in the Amstel". The Amstel was, and still is the river that flows from the south and the "Drecht" and the "Kromme Mijdrecht" rivers and ends at the "IJ", the body of water right behind Central Station.

In the olden days, until the construction of the 32 Kilometer "Afsluitdijk" in 1927-'32, the IJ had an open connection with the North Sea.  As a result, the Amstel estuary was flooded by salt water every six hours or so. Hence the decision of the early settlers to build a Dam to keep their fertile farmlands protected. "Waterdoors" constructed in the Dam would be opened at low tide to let the Amstelwater flow into the IJ, and closed at high tide, to keep the salt water out. As activity grew, and the settlement with it, the primitive dikes that were build in support with the Dam were fortified and turned into roads to transport the goods that the, by now developed, harbour generated. While visiting the city you’ll walk over the "Nieuwendijk", the "Haarlemmerdijk" and the "Zeedijk".

The river Amstel



All this activity and industriousness didn't go unnoticed in the rest of the Netherlands, of course, and so in 1275 the Amstelredamme dwellers were granted the right of transport of goods and merchandise throughout the Netherlands, free of toll. These "city rights" opened up the prospects for profit. Transport costs became considerably lower, and the base for developing the trade that has made  

Amsterdam the city it is today, was laid.

The Muiderpoort, one of the
original gates into the city.


This also meant an increasing risk of invasion by unfriendly people. To protect the young city, an encompassing wall was erected, terminating at the banks of the IJ, thus leaving a defendable supply route in times of dire straits. The "Singel" Canal  was dug around the wall in double defense.  Around the 17th century, as the city expanded, more horseshoe-shaped canals were hand dug around it, crossed by smaller canals, thus making it possible to refresh the canal water with fresh Amstelwater, as well as having a means to inexpensively transport goods all over the place. "Herengracht","Keizersgracht" and "Prinsengracht" are the result of this expansion, and a thick wall around the now called "Stadhouderskade"was built to become the new line of defence. To house the labourers, a whole new housing area was put up on the side of the city. It's name is probably a derivate from the French word for "garden",and we still know it as the "Jordaan" today.

The Amsterdam canals were constructed in three phases.
The digging of the Singel commenced in 1593, the construction of the western canal ring started in 1614, and the southern part of the canals was built from 1663.

When Napoleon got here, the city hall on the Dam was hastily evacuated in order to offer him a bit of a palace to live in. That's how we got a Royal Palace. After Napolean lost at Waterloo, our Prince of Orange came back, was crowned in the Royal palace and declared Amsterdam capital of Holland.

When the French left in 1813, the economy of Amsterdam was in a deplorable state. Decades later, in the second half of the 19th century, the city experienced an economic upswing due to the Industrial Revolution. After 1900, the city continued to grow in population as well as in area.

Amsterdam was occupied by German troops in May 1940. Of the almost 80,000 Jews that lived in Amsterdam and called the city “Mokum”, 66,000 were killed. The Allies liberated the country’s south in 1944, but the isolated city of Amsterdam suffered horribly in the severe winter of 1944-45, and thousands more residents died. The city was finally liberated in May 1945 by Canadian troops. Although the harbor and the industrial district of Amsterdam were destroyed during the war, most of the city itself remained undamaged.

Since the 1950s
Amsterdam has grown vastly. Postwar Amsterdam gathered itself quietly until the early 1960s when people began to question the status quo and Amsterdam became the radical heart of Europe. In the late 1960s, prosperity began to increase at an unprecedented rate. Groups of immigrants began to arrive and as a result the city acquired the cosmopolitan character it has today.

Spectacular sunset

Amsterdam's IJ harbor

The Three Crosses: These are the crosses of the Amsterdam coat of arms.  They have been symbolically associated with the city for most of the past millennium. They derive from the cross upon which an apostle by the name of Andrew was crucified. Why there are three is again unclear, but since 1947 when meaning was officially decreed by Queen Wilhelmina, they have represented three moral virtues: Compassion, Resolution, and Heroism. Each cross might also represent and protect Amsterdam from three disasters that the city has endured for centuries. Floods, the plague, and fires (especially in the 1500's).


Economy: Manufacturing, shipping, tourism (YOU!)


Language Description: Dutch. English is widely spoken -- it's taught in the schools.

Passport/Visa U.S.: A passport, but not a visa, is required for citizens of Canada and the U.S. Passports must be valid for three months following your return. All travelers should have proof of onward passage. Reconfirm travel document requirements with your carrier before departing.

Population: 718,151

Religion: Christian (Roman Catholic, Dutch Reformed) and Jewish, though many other religions are represented.

Telephones: Most local numbers have seven digits, and the local area code for Amsterdam is 020. There's no need to dial the area code when calling within Amsterdam, but if you're trying to reach a number outside the city, you must dial that city's area code.

Some business numbers begin with 0800, which indicates that they are toll free. Information numbers begin with 0900 and are subject to a per-minute fee. For directory assistance within the Netherlands, dial 0900-8008. For international directory assistance, dial 0900-8418.

When dialing from abroad, prefix any number you find in this site with +31 (for Holland) and 20 (for Amsterdam). For example, you've found a hotel in the sleep section and the number listed is 123 45 67, from abroad dial + 31 20 1234567. All public telephones in the Netherlands use calling cards, widely available at post offices and tobacco shops. As an alternative you could go to a 'calling center' which offer competitive rates for overseas calling.

Time Zone: 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (+1 GMT). Daylight Saving Time is observed from the end of March to the end of October.  It stays light until 10 or 10:30 pm in the Summer.  At 7 pm in Amsterdam, the time in New York is 12 noon.   

Money:  The currency used in the Netherlands is the Euro expressed as EUR or €. There are 11 other countries apart from the Netherlands that form the Euro Zone: Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Portugal, Spain. You can use the Euro in all these countries. (To remember the list of countries use the phrase "Baffling pigs").

Euros are divided into 100 cents. There are coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents, and 1 and 2 euros. There are notes of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros (note the pattern 1, 2, 5).  The Dutch Guilder is no longer usable. You have to exchange old coins and notes in a bank. 

Credit cards are not as widely accepted in the Netherlands as in many other lands, but it's getting steadily better. Always enquire first if you intend to pay by credit card.

An ATM card will most likely work in the Netherlands and throughout Europe, so you don't need to take traveller's cheques.  In fact, money machines give the best rate for the US dollar and are most convenient.  Check with your bank before leaving to make sure your network is used there. ATMs are abundant in Amsterdam, and they accept most major foreign bank and credit cards. If you need to exchange foreign currency or traveler's checks, you can do so at banks, but few give cash advances against credit cards.  There are many places to change money in town. Post offices usually give the best rates. The GWK at Central station is also good. Compare rates carefully at the exchange offices in town. Hotels are usually an expensive way to change money. Banks can be slow. There's an American Express on the Damrak, and a Thomas Cook on the Dam. The current exchange rates are online at many sites.  Just search for “exchange rates” at any search engine like  Banks and Bureaux de Change offer similar rates of exchange, but banks tend to charge lower commissions. Some of the exchange bureaus have bad reputations -- their honesty is suspect (signs outside such offices often list the selling instead of buying rates), and they charge commissions of up to 9%. Most banks are open Monday-Friday 9 am-5 pm, though a few don't open until the afternoon on Monday. Some banks are also open Saturday mornings.

Like in all big cities the world round, there are cheats looking for an easy target. A typical trick in less reputable establishments is, if you pay with a note, to give you change as if you tendered a note of one denomination smaller (for instance to give you change for 50 euros if you give them a 100 euro note) and then pretend it was a mistake if you notice. The best way to avoid this happening is to speak the value of the note as you hand it over ("100 euros"), so they can't claim not to have noticed.

Tipping: All prices in the Netherlands by law include tax and tips: the price you see is the price you pay. Normal Dutch practice in restaurants was for the customer to round up to the nearest guilder for small amounts, and the nearest 5 for larger amounts; we'll have to see how this pracice changes for the Euro (the Euro is worth about 2.20 guilders). Don't feel obliged to leave a tip: it is not expected. If the bill says "service not included" they are just trying to rip you off. You don't need to tip in taxis either.

Voltage Requirements: Dutch Electricity was 220 volts, and then moved at a rate of 1 volt per year to the European standard 230 volts.  There is a special plug adapter you can buy at the airport, newsstands in town or at Aurora, on the Vijzelstraat at the end of the Flower Market, near the Munt Tower.

Clothing: There are no restrictions on dress, although the Dutch are fairly conservative dressers themselves. Normally men wear suits and ties for business meetings (women wear equivalent business apparel), but good-looking, casual attire works fine in most other situations. Men should pack a coat and tie and women a nice skirt or dress to wear to upscale restaurants. A sweater comes in handy at night, even in summer, and a waterproof jacket will be. Pack a small folding umbrella, too. It rains often there, but not usually in August.

Daycare and Childcare in Amsterdam:  Some hotels offer babysitting and daycare.  Ask when making reservations.


Climate:  Amsterdam's climate is mild but changeable year-round. January and February are the chilliest months, with temperatures usually between 30 F/-1 C and 40 F/4 C. Though often windy, it's rare for Amsterdam to get any snow or for the canals to freeze over. June-August is warm but rarely hot: Temperatures don't often get much above 80 F/27 C and can get as cool as 50 F/10 C.


The Netherlands is a damp country. The running joke is that it only rains two days a year -- the rest of the time it pours. Rain can arrive unexpectedly on what starts out to be a sunny day. Therefore, a raincoat and umbrella are often necessary. In summer, the humidity can become oppressive.


Geography:  Over 50 percent of the country is below sea level and over 20% of its land has been reclaimed from the sea! Hence the name, Netherlands. Over the centuries, the Dutch have sectioned off land with dikes and have used windmills with a so-called Archimedes Screw to pump water out of low lying areas, creating farmland where before there was none at all.



General Health Information:  Health care in The Netherlands is provided to everyone by private doctors and voluntary-nonprofit hospitals, and financed through a health insurance system which is administered by insurance companies known as sickness funds and also by private insurers. The quality of health care is comparable to that in the United States. Some specialties and high technology services are not as widespread as in the United States, and patients needing these services may have to be referred to hospitals in one of the larger cities. Distances in The Netherlands are, however, short.

Americans, and others from countries outside of the European Union, can access the Dutch system without difficulty. For routine, non-emergency care access must be on a private paying basis. Americans should contact General Practitioners (GPs) and specialists directly and then pay the fee charged which in 1999 will come to about $20 for a GP consultation and most likely under $50 for a specialist. Access to specialists without a GP's referral can, however, sometimes be difficult since the prevailing practice in the country, required by both sickness funds and private insurers, requires GP referral for specialist consultations. For emergency care Americans should go to the nearest hospital providing that the hospital has a medically staffed emergency room. For such care they will receive a bill. Not all hospitals have emergency departments though they are most common in the larger cities. If one cannot get to the hospital or to a doctor in an emergency situation one should dial 112 on the telephone. This is a national emergency number like 911 in the United States. Alternatively there are doctors, ambulances and dentists on call. One needs to check in each city what the central on-call telephone number is. The number is usually found in city tourist guides, though hotel desks and local residents can also be helpful in identifying the number. In contacting doctors and hospitals, language should be no problem since nearly all speak English.

Good medical facilities are widely available. The Department of State strongly urges Americans to consult with their medical insurance company prior to traveling abroad to confirm whether their policy applies overseas and whether it will cover emergency expenses such as a medical evacuation. U.S. medical insurance plans seldom cover health costs incurred outside the United States unless supplemental coverage is purchased. Further, U.S. Medicare and Medicaid programs do not provide payment for medical services outside the United States. However, many travel agents and private companies offer insurance plans that will cover health care expenses incurred overseas including emergency services such as medical evacuations.

When making a decision regarding health insurance, Americans should consider that many foreign doctors and hospitals require payment in cash prior to providing service and that a medical evacuation to the United States may cost well in excess of $50,000. Uninsured travelers who require medical care overseas often face extreme difficulties, whereas travelers who have purchased overseas medical insurance have found it to be life-saving when a medical emergency occurs. When consulting with your insurer prior to your trip, please ascertain whether payment will be made to the overseas healthcare provider or if you will be reimbursed later for expenses that you incur. Some insurance policies also include coverage for psychiatric treatment and for disposition of remains in the event of death.

Pharmacies: In the Netherlands what is known as a pharmacy in the United States is referred to as 'apotheek.' Pharmacies are also recognizable by the green flashing cross or the caduceus (intertwined snakes) displayed outside or within the store window.

In general, the pharmacies in the Netherlands are reliable. That is, they dispense the proper medications and the drugs themselves are of a U.S./Western level of quality. The pharmacists themselves are trained professionals with degrees in their field and all are members of the National Pharmacy Association. Pharmacies in the Netherlands are used mainly for prescription medications. A Drugstore will carry over-the-counter medications and other products. All pharmacies are individually owned in the Netherlands, and are reliable. Many pharmacies will have English speaking staff, particularly those in tourist areas.

Similar to the United States, pharmacists cannot distribute prescription medications without authorization from a doctor. It should be noted that only prescription drugs can be found in a pharmacy, while over-the-counter and anything else is found in a drug store.

A listing of local pharmacies open outside of regular business hours can be found by looking on the pharmacy door. The nearest open pharmacy will be listed. The Central Medical Service will have names and hours of pharmacies (1 Fl./minute) 0900.3503.2042. (Destination-specific phone numbers may be found with the emergency phone numbers section of the CityHealth Profile) You may also try calling 212.1568 for a listing of the emergency pharmacies for the day.

Regardless of the pharmacy situation in any country, it is always advisable to bring enough medication to last through your trip. Be sure to carry it with you rather than trusting it to checked luggage (many frequent travelers bring a double supply of medication and pack each in different bags). It is also advisable to carry extra prescription sheets written by your doctor (with the generic names) in case you need refills during your trip and to show at customs as proof of the medication's identity and necessity.


Source: U.S. Department of State Consular Information Sheet for the Netherlands

Transport:  Nobody’s ever held a big lacrosse tournament in Amsterdam before.  It’s not a rental car kinda place.  We recommend the trams for travel to and from games.  Dress normally and change at the fields.  There are great locker rooms for tournament use.  Most of the social activities, museums, restaurants and clubs are downtown and the tournament is about 6 miles south in the first suburb that has athletic facitities, Amstelveen.  Amsterdam has superb public transportation. There are many trams and they take about fifteen minutes from a stop about 1/8 of a mile from the fields.

There is a national public transport information service: you say when and where you want to go, anywhere in the Netherlands, and they tell you how to get there. The telephone number is 0900-9292; it costs €0.50 per minute, though in our experience the quality of the service is variable, especially considering how much you end up paying for it.

Planes: PLAN YOUR FLIGHT EARLY!  The cost of a flight from the US to Holland a month before August is about $700.00.  You can book them early for about 300 or less.

Trams: The best way to travel is by tram. They are frequent, fast and dependable. You can buy a ticket from the driver, the conductor at the back of the tram, or a machine in the middle of the tram, depending on the sort of tram it is. However, it is considerably cheaper if you buy a 'strippenkaart' from a tobacconist, post office or railway station beforehand, for €5.90 for 15 strips. On most trams you stamp these yourself in the yellow machines in the tram: each journey uses one strip plus a strip for every zone you travel in. If you stay within the centre of town, that is one zone, so you leave one strip blank and stamp the second. If you travel over a zone border, you are travelling in two zones, so you leave two strips blank, and stamp the third.

On some trams there is a conductor: you get on at the back of the tram and the conductor stamps your ticket for you.  Once stamped, a ticket is valid for an hour, regardless of how often you change tram or bus.  Several people can travel on one strippenkaart: you just stamp it for the first person, and then for the second, and so on.  There are also day and week passes available.  Day and week passes and strippencards are valid on all trams, buses and metros, and also on trains within the city boundaries (thus not to Schiphol airport: then you have to buy a train ticket). You must stamp a day or week pass the first time you use it only.


The Tram map is in a bigger format at the end of this package

You should hail a tram to indicate you want to get on. Press the button near the door to open it. If the tram has a conductor you must use the rear door to get on. You have to press one of the red STOP buttons inside the tram to indicate that you want to get off at the next stop (although there is rarely a stop where no one wants to get out). Again press the button near the door to open it when the tram has stopped.

There is a free map of all tram and bus routes in Amsterdam available from tourist offices or the GVB office in front of Central Station on your way into town.  You can also buy a weekly tram pass there.  There is a special tram, number 20, which runs from Central Station on a circular route that runs past many tourist attractions. The trams run until just after midnight (the last trams leave Central Station at 12.15). After that there is an hourly service of night buses from Central Station.

Bicycles: Amsterdam is the best city in Europe for a bicycle. There are so many bicyclists that they comprise the majority of people moving around. The next largest group is people walking. These people could be locals, in which case they will be looking out for bicycles. The problem with biking in Amsterdam is the tourists who walk across the bike lanes without looking for bicycles.

Where most of us live, there are sidewalks and roads. Mostly, bikes ride on the right edge of the road, perhaps in a specially painted bike lane. If there were any separate bike lanes, the would be on a path going through a wooded area, or college campus. In most cases this separate bike lanes would be shared by walkers, joggers, rollerbladers, bikes and skateboarders.  In Amsterdam bikes get a special lanes all to themselves. If you are on foot and walking in this lane you should always get out of the way of any bicycle coming towards you. There are 3 "lanes of traffic": the sidewalk, the road, and the special bike lane in between which is separated from the sidewalk and road by 2-3" cobblestone medians.

When cycling, cross tram lines at a good angle to avoid getting your wheel caught in the rail. For obvious reasons, lock your bike to something solid when leaving it unattended, and lock the frame, not just the front wheel (otherwise they unbolt your front wheel, take your frame and someone else's front wheel, and have a complete bike).

There are several addresses around town where you can hire (rent) a bike, for very reasonable prices. Traditionally, Dutch bikes have no hand-brakes, but back-pedal brakes. If you think you can't handle this, ask the hirer for a bike with hand-brakes.

When hiring a bike, you will be required to pay a deposit, and you should take some form of identification. Addresses:

Bike City, Bloemgracht 68 (Westerkerk), 6263721
Damstraat Rent a Bike, P Jacobszoondwarsstraat 11 (Dam), 6255029.
Macbike, Marnixstraat 220, 6266964. and Mr. Visserplein 2 (Waterlooplein), 6200985

Crime is low in Amsterdam, but they have a tradition of bicycle theft.  NEVER LEAVE YOUR BIKE UNLOCKED IN AMSTERDAM. ALWAYS CARRY A LOCK, OR TWO, AND USE THEM!

Taxis:  Taxis are normally not hailed in the Netherlands, but taken from a taxi rank, of which there are many (there is an environmental advantage to this: taxis aren't constantly driving round looking for custom). You can order a taxi by phoning 6777 777, or 0900-0724. A taxi will arrive almost immediately (though be prepared to wait if it is raining on a Friday or Saturday evening). Taxis are good quality but relatively expensive; around €1.50 per km regardless of day or time. You don't need to tip more than rounding up: they are already expensive enough.

Car or Van hire:  Driving in Amsterdam is not recommended. Even for longer distances it is far better to take a train.  If you do need to hire a car, look in the Gouden Gids or Yellow Pages for addresses of the normal car hire firms ('Autoverhuur').  This website (  or ) has some car rental locations that may rent a team a van if really needed.  Ask the hotel if they have parking.  Most don’t and street parking is almost non-existent. 

Walking:  While you cannot walk from the city center to the fields, Central Amsterdam is very small. Most distances are walkable, and walking is pleasurable, giving the best chance to appreciate the Amsterdam architecture and surroundings. Beware of walking on bike paths, which are distinguished by their reddish colour: cyclists will show no mercy. Also take care when crossing roads, even at a green pedestrian light. Cyclists consider themselves pedestrians in Amsterdam, and so tend to ignore traffic lights.  There are typically three lanes: Bike, Car and Tram.  Be careful the first day.  You’ll get used to it after a few close calls with bikes.  Note that in true European style, streets may change name along their length.

Amsterdam is, as you may have noticed, structured as a half wheel. In the middle you have the old centre bounded by the canal called the Singel. It contains the Red-Light district around the Oude Kerk, the Nes theatre street, a quaint maze of small streets and quiet canals, and the Royal Palace at the Dam, with pedestrian shopping streets going north and south.

Surrounding the old centre, you have the three concentric ring canals Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht (it can help to note that they're in alphabetic order). All four canals (with the Singel) are nice to walk along. The Herengracht is the grandest, especially along the 'Golden Crescent' to the east of the Leidsestraat, the Prinsengracht is perhaps the friendliest with its houseboats. The streets that connect the ring canals, especially in the section between the Brouwersgracht and the Leidsestraat shouldn't be missed for their lovely individual shops.



To the west of the ring canals, in the area on the map where the streets all run at an angle to the canals, is the Jordaan, a lovely area to walk, with quiet canals, and tiny streets, and many unusual shops. You'll find a lot of the better restaurants and more interesting bars there too.

To and from the Airport:  Schiphol airport  is very close to Amsterdam centre (about 14 miles) and even closer to the tournament (about 8 miles). There are trains day and night, seven times an hour through the day, hourly in the dead of night, and which take about 15 minutes. A single journey costs €2.90. Or you can pay €30 for a taxi, and be there in 10 minutes. The choice is yours.

By the way, Schiphol has been voted the best airport in the world several times, and not without reason: the shops there are great, and of a wide range, from drink and chocolates to fashions and electronics. You might want to leave yourself some extra time for shopping. If you want to know what to take back for people, Dutch chocolate and cheese are very good. There are also nice stoneware bottles of Dutch gin (called Jenever) in two types Jong (young) and Oud (old). The Dutch also invented Brandy (Brandewijn means 'burnt wine') which they call "Vieux" (Yes, the Dutch call it by a French name and the French call it by a Dutch name).

Neighborhoods:  If you read these before booking your hotel, you won’t be surprised by the area you stay in.  Amsterdam has something for everyone and these are the best areas to stay whatever your tastes.

Jordaan:  A onetime working class and immigrant area that has been gradually gentrified into a trendy quarter of boutiques and cafes. Located northwest of Dam Square and 10 minutes from Leidseplein, Jordaan is a labyrinth of twisting alleys and streets, confounding to map-makers and pleasing to bohemians and culture vultures. It's quieter than the city center and a nice place to stroll. Some locals complain about the shiny new sheen on the classic old buildings and disdain the pricing-out of the original inhabitants, both of which are valid concerns. Still, the double-edged sword of urban revitalization has carved out a tourist-friendly neighborhood whose canals and narrow streets make it one of the most picturesque in Europe. Many of the houses are topped by gable stones, which before the advent of numbered addresses were carved or painted with pictures representing the occupations of their inhabitants. Between a number of the buildings are hofjes, small private gardens that, in spring, delight the eye and nose. (Most of the gardens, alas, are hidden from the street and are accessible only by doors on the sidewalk. These are generally locked, but some residents keep theirs open to considerate visitors.)




Oud Zuid:  The Old South district of Amsterdam is one of the cultural centers of the city, mainly because it contains the wonderful Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh museum and some important concert venues. Cutting through the area is Singelgracht, a canal lined by a number of nice hotels and a casino. Just off the canal is popular Leidseplein, which is the center of an area chock full of cafes, theaters, nightclubs, restaurants, bars and  "Smoking cafes," where marijuana and hashish are sold and smoked.  In the more westerly part of the neighborhood is Vondelpark, the city's largest green area. It is much larger than New York’s Central Park.


City Center:  For better or worse, the place that has become nearly synonymous with Amsterdam. It's also the oldest part of the city and is known as Walletjes because the old city walls were located there. The center of this crowded, colorful neighborhood draws tourists by the thousands with its proliferation of sex shops, prostitutes and coffee shops along narrow streets and canals. Prostitutes pose in neon-lit windows, exhibiting their wares, as would-be customers, backpackers, strolling couples and travelers of all ages gape.  The experience is nothing short of surreal.  If you're visiting the Walletjes out of simple curiosity, you'll probably feel more comfortable going during the day.  For a true experience go at night is when the real crowds show up. It is very safe, though it doesn’t always feel that way.  There are also plenty of eateries and bars to nourish the tired spectator.  Try the FEBO automat for late night munchies.  To reach the Red-Light District, head east from Dam Square. Taking pictures is taboo, and ignore (literally) any street drug dealers.  If you go in the late evening or very early morning, avoid deserted streets.



Basic Attractions:  The broad plaza outside Centraal Station is a good place to begin a tour -- you're likely to end up there anyway at some point during your stay. A walk down Damrak will take you to Dam Square, site of the Royal Palace and National Monument. If you turn toward the National Monument and continue walking, you'll end up in the colorful Red-Light District. This is the oldest part of the city and a neighborhood where quaintness mingles with sex. You could make your way north to the Oude Kerk, the city's oldest church, or continue walking to the southeast and see the Rembrandthuis, the Portuguese Israeli Synagogue and the Jewish Historical Museum.

If you turn toward the Royal Palace at Dam Square and continue walking, you'll be headed in the general direction of the Anne Frank House on Prinsengracht. Also nearby is the Westerkerk, where Rembrandt is buried. Jordaan, one of the most picturesque districts of Amsterdam, is just beyond Prinsengracht. Other areas worth exploring are around Leidseplein and Muntplein, near the Flower Market.

Museum-wise, Amsterdam offers a wide range of institutions documenting everything from the city's highest cultural achievements to its seediest underpinnings. The must-see museum is the Rijksmuseum, which contains many famous Old Master paintings, including The Night Watch by Rembrandt. Nearby are two other excellent art museums: the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum. At the other end of the spectrum are bizarre museums dedicated to sex and drugs, if not rock 'n' roll.

For folks planning to take in many of the local sights and institutions, the Amsterdam Culture and Leisure Pass has dozens of coupons entitling you to free entry or large discounts at many tourist attractions. The pass is available from any branch of the Amsterdam Tourist Office (VVV).




Dam Square   Site of the National Monument honoring the dead of World War II, the Royal Palace, Nieuwe Kerk, the New Church, where Queen Beatrix was crowned, hosts temporary exhibits and organ concerts, and the NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky. A lively meeting place for tourists, shoppers, businesspeople, street performers, artists and children feeding pigeons. At the south end of Damrak at the center of the city.


Heineken Experience   Though Heineken has stopped production at this former brewery, you can still take a tour of the old factory and learn how beer is made. After the tour, you'll get to sample some free beer and snacks. Tuesday-Sunday 10 am-5 pm. 7.50 euros adults. Stadhouderskade 78, Amsterdam. Phone 523-9666.

Koninklijk Paleis  The 17th-century Royal Palace on Dam Square was originally Amsterdam's city hall and became a royal palace by order of Louis Napoleon in 1808. The many impressive rooms now shelter Empire-style furniture and valuable paintings by followers of Rembrandt. October-May, Tuesday-Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 12:30 pm-5 pm; June-September, daily 11 am-5 pm. 3 euros adults. Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 147, Amsterdam. Phone 624-8698.


Oude Kerk  Dating back to the 14th century, this gothic structure located in the heart of the Red-Light District is Amsterdam's oldest church. The oak-encased Great Organ, gilded ceiling, stained-glass windows and the Lady Chapel have largely been preserved and are all worth a look. Rembrandt's first wife is buried there. Monday-Saturday 11 am-5 pm, Sunday 1-5 pm. 3.80 euros adults. Oudekerksplein 23, Amsterdam. Phone 625-8284.



Dam Square


Portuguese Synagogue  Built by Jews fleeing the Spanish Inquisition in the 1600s and inspired by the architecture of the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem, this synagogue is still in active use and is illuminated by more than 1,000 candles and 72 windows. Open Sunday-Friday 10 am-12:30 pm and 1-4 pm. On Saturdays, a religious service is conducted at 8:45 am. 3.50 euros adults. Mr. Visserplein 3, Amsterdam. Phone 624-5351.

Westerkerk  Boasts the tallest and most beautiful tower in Amsterdam -- with spectacular views of the city -- and contains the largest nave of any Dutch Protestant church. The burial place of Rembrandt. April-September, Monday-Saturday 10 am-4 pm. Admission is free, but visitors must pay 3 euros to climb the tower. Prinsengracht 281, Amsterdam. Phone 689-2565.

Museums: This town is loaded with great exhibits!


Amsterdams Historisch Museum  Housed in a former orphanage, this museum painstakingly and artistically re-creates the life of the city from 1275 to World War II and beyond, with many special exhibits linking past and present. Monday-Friday 10 am-5 pm, Saturday and Sunday 11 am-5 pm. 6 euros adults. Kalverstraat 92 (with a second entrance at Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 357), Amsterdam. Phone 523-1822.



The Dutch Masters by Rembrandt

Rembrandt’s Dutch Masters



Anne Frank Huis  A stirring memorial to the famed, doomed diarist who hid with her family from the Nazis in this tiny annex 1942-1944. The small house and the exhibition space next door display sections of Frank's diary along with historical photographs and exhibits about racism and anti-Semitism. There's also a bookstore and cafe. April-August, daily 9 am-9 pm, the rest of the year 9 am-7 pm. 6.50 euros adults. Prinsengracht 263, Amsterdam. Phone 556-7100.

Cobra Museum voor Moderne Kunst  Displays works by an international group of experimental artists who were part of the postwar revolutionary movement based in Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam. Tuesday-Sunday 11 am-5 pm. 5 euros adults. Sandbergplein 1-3, Amstelveen. Phone 547-5050.

Erotic Museum  Did you think you could visit Amsterdam and not find a repository of all things sex related? Housed in a wonderful 18th-century building in the Red-Light District, this saucy space exhibits erotic art and devices from different cultures and historical periods. Visitors under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult guardian. Sunday-Thursday 11 am-1 am, Friday and Saturday until 2 am. 5 euros for adults. Oudezijds Achterburgwal 54 (Red-Light District), Amsterdam. Phone 624-7303.

Hash-Marijuana-Hemp Museum  The display distinguishes between various types of plants and history, culture and cultivation of them. Daily 11 am-10 pm. 6 euros adults. Oudezijds Achterburgwal 148 (Red-Light District), Amsterdam. Phone 623-5961.

Joods Historisch Museum  The Jewish Historical Museum is located in the old Jewish Quarter in a complex of restored synagogues and modern buildings. Inside are revered artifacts and chronicles of Jewish culture, religion and history in the Netherlands. Daily 11 am-5 pm. 5 euros adults. Jonas Daniel Meyerplein 2-4, Amsterdam. Phone 625-4229.

KIT Tropenmuseum  This museum of the tropics is an ethnographic treasure-house, illuminating the daily lives of peoples in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. There's also a special children's section called Kindermuseum. Daily 10 am-5 pm. 6.80 euros adults, 3.40 euros children ages 6-17. Linnaeusstraat 2, Amsterdam. Phone 568-8215.

Katten Kabinet  This collection of paintings, sculpture and artifacts depicting cats is housed in a beautiful 17th-century canal house. There are pieces by Rembrandt and Picasso as well as a few real cats living on the premises. A fun stop for cat lovers, but anyone else will be bored. Monday-Friday 10 am-2 pm, Saturday and Sunday 1-5 pm. About 4 euros. Herengracht 497, Amsterdam. Phone 626-5378.

NEMO Science and Technology Center  A hands-on science center with interactive exhibits about technology, industry, energy and other subjects. A roof terrace and self-service restaurant -- open until 11 pm -- can be reached from the street by a pedestrian ramp, affording one of the best views of the city. Museum open Tuesday-Sunday 10 am-5 pm. 9 euros adults, free for children younger than age 5. Oosterdok 2 (a short walk from Centraal Station), Amsterdam. Phone 0900-919-1100 (a toll call).

Nederlands Scheepvaart Museum  A major maritime museum housed in what was once one of the grand headquarters of the Dutch East Indies Company. It includes a full-scale replica of an 18th-century ship. Tuesday-Sunday 10 am-5 pm. 7 euros adults. Kattenburgerplein 1, Amsterdam. Phone 523-2222.

Reflex Miniature Museum  Known as the "smallest museum in the world." It contains exhibits of work from the experimental movement Cobra and other modern art. Daily 9 am-6 pm. Free admission. Meibergdreef 9 (inside the Amsterdam Medical Center), Amsterdam. Phone 627-2832.

Rembrandthuis  This three-story house, where the artist lived 1639-1660, is now a museum. It provides insight into his life, and it holds an important collection of his etchings and drawings and a fascinating series of self-portraits. Monday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm, Sunday 1-5 pm. 6 euros adults. Jodenbreestraat 4, Amsterdam. Phone 520-0400.

Rijksmuseum  This vast complex houses many of the greatest Dutch masterpieces, including works by Vermeer, Jan Steen, Frans Hals and especially Rembrandt, whose The Night Watch is displayed with deserved reverence. (An exhibit next to the hall where The Night Watch hangs explains the history of that painting in photographs and diagrams.) The collection, which includes paintings and artifacts from other European and Asian nations, is immense -- you'll likely need several days to see it all. Daily 10 am-5 pm. 8.50 euros adults. Stadhouderskade 42, Amsterdam. Phone 674-7047.

Stedelijk Museum  A wide-ranging collection of modern Dutch paintings and the city's most important venue for contemporary art exhibitions. In late 2002, the museum will close for renovations. In summer, daily 10 am-6 pm; rest of the year, daily 11 am-5 pm. 5 euros adults. Paulus Potterstraat 13, Amsterdam. Phone 573-2911.

The Holland Experience  This multimedia theater with a revolving platform whisks you through a 3-D depiction of the Netherlands and what it's famous for -- windmills, tulips and canals. Also simulates the bursting of a dike and a storm with gale-force winds. Daily 10 am-6 pm (last show starts at 5:30 pm). 8 euros adults. Waterlooplein 17, Amsterdam. Phone 422-2233.

Theater Instituut Nederland  An interesting diversion, not only for the old stage sets and sound-effects machines that visitors are invited to play with, but also for the two 17th-century canal houses in which the museum is located. A pleasant cafe is on the premises. Tuesday-Friday 11 am-5 pm, Saturday and Sunday 1-5 pm. 3.85 euros adults. Herengracht 168, Amsterdam. Phone 551-3300.

Van Gogh Museum  A permanent display of hundreds of the artist's paintings and drawings -- you will know instantly which ones are the masterpieces. Also on display is the famed correspondence between Vincent van Gogh and his younger brother, Theo. Daily 10 am-6 pm. 7 euros adults. Paulus Potterstraat 7, Amsterdam. Phone 570-5252.

Woonbootmuseum  The Houseboat Museum permits tourists to see how people live on the 2,000 boats lining the canals. The Hendrika Maria, from 1914, is typical of the industrial river barges that were rebuilt as dwellings and furnished as homes. There's a slide show and models of other boats. March-October, Wednesday-Sunday 11 am-5 pm; November-February, Friday-Sunday 11 am-5 pm. 2.50 euros adults. On Prinsengracht, opposite No. 296, Amsterdam. Phone 427-0750.



Recreation:  With lakes, canals and rivers covering nearly one-fifth of the Netherlands, water sports are very popular. Swimming is your best bet in Amsterdam. Pool schedules vary to accommodate school groups, senior swims and nude swimming, so it's best to check first. Zuiderbad (phone 671-0287) and De Mirandabad (phone 622-8080) are both good choices. Cycling is not only a popular pastime, it's also a good way to get around the city. You can rent bikes at most train stations or from several private companies. Vondelpark, just west of Leidseplein, is a good spot to cycle and jog. The Amsterdams Bos, a forest planted as a public-works project, is also good for jogging, walking or hiking. Another pleasant bike route is along the Amstel River, going south to Oude Kerk.


Vondelpark  A few blocks west of the Rijksmuseum and south of Leidseplein, this bustling park has placid ponds and meandering paths that are popular with joggers. During the 1960s, this was a famous meeting place for hippies from all over the world, and there's still lots of free, youth-oriented entertainment on Saturday afternoons in summer. Just about any nice day brings out plenty of joggers, walkers, musicians, jugglers, Frisbee-throwers, dog-walkers, ice-cream vendors and all sorts of other sun-seeking citizens. There are also a few cafes and refreshment stands inside the park.





Holland Casino  One of Europe's largest, Amsterdam's branch of this chain of casinos gets rather full at night. Identification is required -- the minimum age is 18. Daily 1:30 pm-3 am. Dress is casual. 3.50 euros. In the Lido theater complex (on the water, across from Leidseplein), Amsterdam. Phone 521-1111.


Golf en Conference Centre Amstelborgh  A nine-hole course. Open daily from 8 am until dark. Greens fees are 10 euros before 4 pm, 15 euros after 4 pm. Borchlandweg 6, Duivendrecht (a 10-minute walk from Duivendrecht Metro station), Amsterdam. Phone 563-3333.


Golf Club de Hoge Dijk  Open from dawn until dusk. Greens fees run 20-35 euros Monday-Friday, 24-40 euros Saturday and Sunday. Abcouderstraatweg 46, Amsterdam. Phone 0294-281-241.


Amsterdams Bos  A man-made forest planted as a public-works project. It's a popular spot for walking and hiking. From Centraal Station or Leidseplein, take Bus 170 or 171. Or take Bus 63 from Leidseplein, in the direction of Amstelveen. Exit at Nijenrodeweg.


Camping in Amsterdam:  Camping is popular here, especially with the teens backpacking through Europe.

Camping Zeeburg  This campground with cabins is in Amsterdam, and you can reach it by bus or tram. Amenities include a supermarket, restaurant, bar with terrace, animal farm, and bicycle rentals. A swimming pool is nearby.

Campsite and Marina Uitdam  The campground and boat basin are located on the Markermeer, a lake (reclaimed from the sea) about 15 km or 10 miles from Amsterdam. Accommodations include tent pitches, caravan/camper hook-ups, "hiker cabins," trailers, and chalets with private bath. A supermarket, restaurant, and bar are on the premises.

Het Amsterdamse Bos  Kleine Noorddijk 1 (641 68 68 / fax 640 23 78). To the south of the city center is the beautiful Amsterdamse Bos (Forest) Campground, suitable for families. You'll either have to bike into town (hire bikes available) or take a bus which leaves every half hour and takes approximately 30 minutes to city center. Facilities include a bar, a restaurant, a shop. There are some cabins that sleep up to four people for f 60 per night. Rates person 4; tent €2,75; car €2,25.

Gaasper Camping Amsterdam  Loosdrechtsedreef 7 (696 73 26 / fax 696 93 69).This family campsite is located in the south-east of the greater Amsterdam area, and is easily reached by public transport (Metro or bus). The campsite is near Gaasperplas, a large artificial lake with facilities for outdoor (watersports) activities. The site has a cafe, a bar, a restaurant and a shop.  Rates person 3,25; tent €3,50-€4,25; car €3.

Vliegenbos  Meeuwenlaan 138 (636 88 55 / fax 632 27 23).A campsite to the north of Amsterdam not far from the River IJ, ten minutes by bus from Central Station. Vliegenbos has a bar, a restaurant and a shop and also rents cabins which sleep up to four people for €45 a night. Rental bikes are available. Vliegenbos is considered a 'youth campsite', generally a more lively/noisy site.
Rates person 7,25 including tent; car €7,40.


Restaurants:  Practically every cuisine in the world can be found in Amsterdam, from sophisticated French fare to the renowned Indonesian rijstaffel. Enjoy an Argentinean steak in a decor that evokes the vast pampas, dine on a pleasure boat cruising the canals, stop at any of the inexpensive Middle Eastern grills that seem to be on every other block, or try one of the small Chinese restaurants lining the Zeedijk and its many cross streets.

At least once you should try a cone of french fries served with mayonnaise, peanut-butter sauce or any of an ever-increasing number of exotic condiments. Try them.  They are great late at night! The best french fries are called vlaamse frites (Flemish fries). Other Dutch specialties reflect the locals' close relationship with the sea: smoked eel, for example, and raw or pickled herring (which is usually eaten whole with chopped onions). In winter, locals savor hearty meals of mashed potatoes combined with such vegetables as cabbage, onions and carrots (hutspot) topped with delicious smoked sausage. Another cold-weather favorite is snert (also called erwtensoep), a thick pea soup usually served with sausage. Make a meal of the pannenkoeken, large Dutch pancakes with bacon, cheese, apples or other ingredients mixed into the batter, or poffertjes, tiny pancakes with powdered sugar. Cafes often serve a plate of three fried eggs with ham or cheese, known as an uitsmijter, which the Dutch usually have for lunch (although it makes an excellent breakfast). 

The hearty Dutch breakfast consists of a selection of breads, local cheeses, sliced meats, butter and jam. Lunch is usually a light snack, with dinner the main meal, eaten usually between 6 and 8 pm. Most restaurant kitchens close by 10 pm. Reservations are advisable, because restaurants are often small and may be crowded during peak periods.

The Dutch are famous for their gin (jenever) and beer (pils). A popular winter drink is a rich herbal liqueur called beerenburg. Bottled imported wines are expensive, but a carafe of house wine is usually of good quality. The Dutch drink their coffee strong, usually with cream and sugar, but tea is normally drunk weak and without milk.

There are more than a thousand restaurants to choose from in Amsterdam, and a complete list would, and does, fill a whole book, so we can only hope to give you some recommendations here. Not surprisingly, most restaurants are in the city centre, and just walking there you will pass many of high quality. There are particularly many restaurants around the Leidseplein. Some hints:

  • It is advisable to reserve; there are a few restaurants that don't take reservations, or where you won't need to, but it is better to be safe than sorry.
  • Enquire beforehand if you want to pay with a credit card.
  • Unfortunately the habit of offering smoking and non-smoking areas to diners hasn't caught on here yet.
  • The Dutch eat early. Some restaurants close earlier than you might expect.

The Dutch typically go out to eat as an activity in itself. Therefore there is no rush to eat and get going. Servers respect this and will often leave you to eat in peace. In particular it would be very rude for a server to bring you the bill without being asked first. You should always ask for your bill when you want it.

All the restaurants mentioned here are in the centre and offer vegetarian dishes. We give the name, address, district, telephone number, closing time where known and typical price, again where known. We mention if they do or do not accept credit cards when known.

Dutch:  When the Dutch go out to eat, they don't go to eat Dutch food. Consequently there are very few places that serve Dutch cuisine. Pancakes are a typical Dutch fare, and tasty and filling. See The Pancake Bakery below under Budget. For restaurants that serve the sort of food you might eat in a Dutch home, see De Blauwe Hollander below, also under Budget, and:

Die Port van Cleve, Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 178 (Dam), 21:00, €20, 6240047.

Brasserie De Poort  In Hotel Die Port van Cleve, this restaurant is a citadel of traditional Dutch cooking. Best known for such old Dutch specialties as stamppot and zuurkool but offers international dishes as well. Daily for lunch and dinner. Reservations recommended. $$. Most major credit cards. Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 176-180, Amsterdam. Phone 622-6429.


Dorrius  This highly regarded and traditional restaurant located near the Dam specializes in Dutch dishes. It's been open since 1890 and still has its original furnishings. Monday-Saturday for dinner. Reservations required. $$. Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 5, Amsterdam. Phone 671-7959.

Haesje Claes  Lady Haesje Claes was born in 1520 into a prosperous merchant family and later became the founder and patron to the nearby Public Orphanage, which now houses the Amsterdam Historical Museum. At this restaurant named for her, you can sup on Dutch specialties while enjoying the traditionally decorated Dutch interior. Daily for lunch and dinner. $. Most major credit cards. Spuistraat 275, Amsterdam. Phone 624-9998.

Sluizer's  A popular draw for fish lovers, who may experiment with a continually changing variety of sauces. Popular and informal, with wooden walls and lots of art. Monday-Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner only. Reservations necessary on weekends. $-$$. Most major credit cards. Utrechtsestraat 45, Amsterdam. Phone 626-3557.

The Pancake Bakery  The best pancakes in town. Large selection of typical Dutch pannenkoeken and other basic dishes. The place is always full, but don't let that stop you -- the wait passes quickly. Daily for lunch and dinner. Reservations not accepted. $. No credit cards. Princengracht 191, Amsterdam. Phone 625-1333.

Budget  Many bars have inexpensive meals until 21:00 for less than €20. See also under cafés below.

De Blauwe Hollander, Leidsekruisstraat 28 (Leidseplein), 6233014, 22:00, €11.

Real Dutch food!

The Pancake Bakery, Prinsengracht 191 (Westerkerk), 6251333, 21:00, €9.

Good atmosphere. Cheap, delicious and filling sweet and savoury pancakes.

Eetcafé Sjaalman, Prinsengracht 178 (Westerkerk), 6202440, 22:00, €9.


Orient, Van Baerlestraat 21 (near museums), 6734958, 21:15, €20.

Rijsttafel (rice table) restaurant; loads of small dishes together.

Kantjil en de Tijger, Spuistraat 291, 6200994, 23:00; €20.

Busy atmosphere. No-nonsense food.


Sarang Mas on Damrak is our favorite!  Take many people and sit down to a Rijstafel Feast!


Hemelse Modder, Oude Waal 9 (Old Centre), 6243203, 22:00, €18.

Stylish cooking.

Kapitein Zeppos, Gebed Zonder End 5 (Near the Nes), 6242057, 22:00, €15.

The restaurant is off a tiny alley, off a small street off the Rokin. It has a roof that rolls back, so is especially pleasant on warm evenings.

Kort, Amstelveld 12, 626 1199, €15; CC.

The building is part of a charming wooden church on a large square on the Prinsengracht.

De Luwte, Leliegracht 26 (Westerkerk), 625848 (no reservations), 22:00, €15.


Rum Runners, Prinsengracht 277 (Westerkerk), 6274079, 01:00, €18; CC.

Exotic; busy. Drink your cocktail, watch the parrots and turtles.


Nam Kee, Zeedijk 111 (Nieuwmarkt), 6392848, 11:30-24:00, €13; No CC

More like a cantine than a restaurant; about as authentic as they come


De Belhamel, Brouwersgracht 60 (Beginning of Herengracht), 6221095, €23; CC.

Art-deco ambiance, beautiful view over a main canal.

Gouden Reael, Zandhoek 14, (Prinseneiland), 6233883, €35, CC.

A bit difficult to find but worth it. Follow the Prinsengracht under the railway lines, and keep walking north (along Grote Bikkerstraat) until you cross a wooden bridge. It is on the next corner on the left.


De Twee Grieken, Prinsenstraat 20 (Westerkerk), 6255317, 23:00; €20; CC.

Informal, and authentic


Toscanini, Lindengracht 75 (Jordaan), 6232813, €18.

Burgers Patio, Tweede Tuindwarsstraat 12 (Jordaan), 6236854, 24:00, €15, CC

Italian-style cuisine. Tables in a garden and on the street. (They don't serve burgers: it is a surname.)


Pacifico, Warmoesstraat 31 (Red-light district), 6242911, 17:30-24:00, €15.

Rose's Cantina, Reguliersdwarsstraat 38 (Flower Market), 6259797, 23:00, €14; CC.

Crowded, good portions. If you know of anywhere in the world that makes better margaritas (on the rocks, not frozen) we'd like to hear about it.


Portugalia, Kerkstraat 35, 6256490, 24:00, €15.


Alcantara, Westerstraat 186 (Jordaan), 4203959, 23:00, €15; No CC.

Spacious and light, in an old cinema building. (Spanish, despite its name)

Centra, Lange Niezel 29 (Red-light district), 6223050, 23:00, €10.


De Bolhoed, Prinsengracht 60 (Jordaan), 6261803, 22:00, €13.

Daily-changing set-price menu.

Vliegende Schotel, Nieuwe Leliestraat 162 (Jordaan), 625 2041, 22:45, €10

A simple vegetarian café with good food.



Shopping:  The Dutch have always been great traders, and in Amsterdam shoppers are spoiled by the enormous diversity of shops. Leidsestraat, Kalverstraat, Nieuwendijk, Damrak and Rokin are the classic shopping routes where the department stores, boutiques and souvenirs are concentrated. The more exclusive shops -- international fashion houses, boutiques, jewelers and exclusive shoe shops -- are mainly along Beethovenstraat, Van Baerlestraat, P. C. Hooftstraat and Rokin. Try exploring the narrow streets between the canals, which are crammed with unexpected little shops.

The Jordaan district has an old-time atmosphere, with narrow streets and quaint shops, but it caters more to trendy tastes. Haarlemmerstraat, near Centraal Station, is coming into its own with fashionable boutiques and restaurants. For a shopping mall, head to Kalvertoren or Magna Plaza.

No trip to Amsterdam is complete without a visit to the Flower Market. The Albert Cuyp Markt, Waterlooplein market and Noordermarkt also make for nice shopping experiences.

Amsterdam is also a center of the diamond trade, and not surprisingly, prices are often more reasonable there than elsewhere. Guided tours of diamond workshops let you see (usually fairly small) diamonds being cut and polished as they have been for centuries.


Nightlife:  Nightclubs, dance clubs, cafes and taverns offer plenty of after-dark options. In summer, the sidewalk cafes are crowded until late and street performers entertain in the public squares.  Jazz is popular on the live-music scene, and the city offers abundant opportunities to enjoy it. Try Alto Jazz Cafe or Bimhuis for live acts. Nightclubs and late-night dance clubs are clustered around Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein. De Melkweg is a perennial favorite, but check out Sinners in Heaven and The Zone, too. Amsterdam has a reputation for its thriving gay scene, and many bars and nightclubs catering to gay people are in the Red-Light District, along Amstel, Reguliersdwarsstraat, Warmoesstraat and Kerkstraat. Saturday night at the club called iT is a good place to start.

Many "cafes" in Amsterdam double as bars. The best example of this is the Amsterdam institution known as the "brown cafe" (bruine kroeg), a dark, smoke-filled tavern found on many corners throughout the old sections of the city. Cafe Luxembourg is a good, if crowded, introduction. A more refined setting for a late-night drink is the gilded, mirrored interior of the Grand Cafe l'Opera. Most nightclubs are open until 4 or 5 am. Cafes tend to close a few hours earlier.


Pubs:  Beer is king in Amsterdam and there are many great pubs to be experienced!


Cafe Americain  This art nouveau cafe in the American Hotel is a favorite place to meet for coffee, an after-theater drink or Sunday brunch. It offers a relaxed atmosphere under high, vaulted ceilings. You can enjoy newspapers at the reading tables. Daily from 9 am. Most major credit cards. Leidsekade 97, Amsterdam. Phone 556-3232.


Cafe Luxembourg  A favorite pub open 365 days a year for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. Sunday-Thursday 9 pm-1 am, Friday and Saturday 9 pm-2 am. Spui 24, Amsterdam. Phone 620-6264.

Cafe de Jaren  A grand cafe and brasserie with a two-tier balcony and a terrace overlooking the Amstel River. The interior is equally spacious and the selection of English reading material is nice, too. Child friendly. Daily from 10 am. Nieuwe Doelenstraat 20-22, Amsterdam. Phone 625-5771.

Esprit Café  Behind the clothing shop of the same name, this trendy cafe with an outside terrace is a nice break in the center of town. If you're hungry, try a salad or pasta dish. Monday-Saturday from 10 am, Sunday from noon. Spui 10, Amsterdam. Phone 622-1967.

Grand Cafe l'Opera  Noted for its large, heated terrace and its imposing Parisian-style interior full of mirrors and gilt. Daily from 10 am. Rembrandtplein 27-29, Amsterdam. Phone 620-4754.

Vertigo  In the Vondelpark pavilion, Vertigo has the largest -- and arguably the most beautiful - terrace in Amsterdam, with a wonderful view of the Vondelpark. Daily from 11 am. Vondelpark 3, Amsterdam. Phone 612-3021.



Dance Clubs:  Dance the night away!  The clubs are open ‘til 5 am usually.


Arena  Large club containing "time zones" with music from different decades. Thursday and Friday from 11 pm, Saturday from 10 pm. Cover 6-7 euros. Gravesandestraat 51, Amsterdam. Phone 694-7444.


De Melkweg  One of the most famous clubs in Amsterdam, the Milky Way is located on two floors of an old dairy factory. It's the city's biggest multifunctional entertainment venue, housing a disco, bar, restaurant, theater and movie theater. The crowd is mixed and relatively young. Tuesday-Sunday from 9 pm. Cover varies by program. Lijnbaansgracht 234, Amsterdam. Phone 624-1777.

Escape  One of Amsterdam's largest discos, with a dazzling light-and-laser show. Nightly from 11 pm. Cover 6-16 euros. Rembrandtplein 11, Amsterdam. Phone 622-1111.

Mazzo  One of the oldest clubs in town. A good place to groove to house and jungle music. Wednesday-Sunday from 11 pm. Cover 5-10 euros. Rozengracht 24, Amsterdam. Phone 626-7500.

Odeon  This is an elegant but unpretentious club in a converted 17th-century canal house. Three floors of music: jazz-funk in the cellar, mixed music (pop to house) on the first floor, and a deejay playing hits from the 1970s and 1980s on the top floor. The top floor is popular with university students, especially on the weekends. Daily from 10 pm. Cover 2-5 euros. Singel 460, Amsterdam. Phone 624-9711.

Sinners in Heaven  This hot club attracts celebrities and wannabee celebrities. There is a selective door policy, with bouncers screening for the "in" crowd. Wednesday-Sunday from 11 pm. Cover 5-10 euros. Wagenstraat 3-7, Amsterdam. Phone 620-1375.

The Zone  Amsterdam's first megaclub, with room for more than 5,000. A fun place for a broad audience, with a large dance floor, balcony with comfortable sofas, and a second floor "lounge" area. Saturday and Sunday from 11 pm. Cover 12 euros. Daniel Goedkoopstraat 1-3 (a bit out of the city center, near the Amstel Station; metro stop Spaklerweg), Amsterdam. Phone 681-8866.

Jazz:  Some of Europe’s best jazz can be found in Amsterdam, including many older American artists who play the European circuit.


Alto Jazz Café  A jazz hangout. Nightly from 9 pm. Music starts around 10 pm. No cover. Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 115, Amsterdam. Phone 626-3249.


Bimhuis  Regularly hosts visiting U.S. jazz musicians as well as those from other European cities. Shows held Thursday-Saturday at 9 pm (closed from July to mid August). Cover 10-18 euros. Oudeschans 73-77, Amsterdam. Phone 623-1361.

De Kleine Komedie  A theater that presents cabaret performances and concerts by visiting folk or pop groups. Performances nightly at 8:15 pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Amstel 56 (near Rembrandtplein), Amsterdam. Phone 624-0534.

Paradiso  Famous bands from all over the world play at this legendary club. Open nightly. Cover charges vary. Weteringschans 6-8, Amsterdam. Phone 626-4521.



Coffee Shops:  Although legally the selling and buying of soft drugs is forbidden, the coffeeshops are allowed to sell small quantities and you're allowed to smoke your purchase inside. Whether you wish to avoid them or patronise them, they are easy to recognise: they are usually dark, have a characteristic smell, and tend to use words like free, high, happy, dreams, and space in the name of the cafe.  Amsterdam has great coffee too that is served in Brown Cafes and many great beers served in Grand Cafes, neither of which serve soft drugs.



Drug Laws:  As you are probably aware, Amsterdam also has a policy of tolerating the sale and use of soft drugs (marijuana, hashish, mushrooms, etc.). This activity is centered around smoking cafes or "Coffeeshops" as the Dutch euphemistically call them.  For the record, trafficking in (importing or exporting), selling, producing and processing either hard or soft drugs are offenses in Holland and in almost every country you are entering so don’t take a piece of Holland back with you.  Also, NEVER buy any street drug in Amsterdam.  At night you will hear “Coke?” and “XTC?” being whispered by a person hanging out on a corner as you pass.  These drugs are almost always fake and dangerous because the penalty is high for selling the real thing.  The penalty is also severe for attempting to purchase them. The Dutch tolerance ends just before cocaine and XTC which get you in big trouble.  The entire red light area is watched by police on video.  You will see them responding rapidly on motorcycles from time to time as you walk about.  If you have to do drugs at all, don’t deal with street drugs!



Photographs and Cameras:  Taking pictures in the red light area is not cool.  If the wrong person sees you taking a snapshot of a coffee shop or row of window girls they WILL take your camera and throw it in the canal or stomp on it.  You will see some tourists snapping away who don’t know.  You may even see the aftermath.  Don’t let it happen to you.  Lax guys are tough but tattooed German bikers might be tougher.  Let’s not find out.  Amsterdam is a city full of tolerance with only a few rules which they take seriously.  Seeking or buying illegal drugs and taking pictures in the red-light are the two most egregious acts common to tourists.  Get a tattoo or eyebrow ring as a keepsake instead!  Cameras are just fine in the museum areas and parks.  You’ll know when it’s cool.



Events in August:


Vondelpark Open-Air Theater   Early to Mid August. Annual summer series of concerts both pops and classical and theatrical performances, held Wednesday-Sunday. Vondelpark is near Museumplein. For program information, call 523-7790. Concludes mid August


Uitmarkt   Late August. Festival featuring hundreds of free classical and pop music concerts and dance and opera performances. Also includes the Amsterdam Book Market and an information market where cultural institutions present their activities for the coming season. On and around Dam Square.


European Men’s Field Hockey Tournament   Same week as our tournament right next door!  Check out a very rough version of field hockey.



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*1 and 2 star hotel rooms may share bathrooms with other rooms on the hall.  When reserving rooms in Europe, always ask about bathrooms, Air Conditioning, computer connections, etc.,.  Some hotels are in buildings that are centuries old and feel that way.


King Hotel

Leidsekade 85-86

1017 PN Amsterdam

30 rooms

Superior 1 Star Hotel overlooking a Grand Canal. Centrally located next to the Leidseplein - "The Swinging Centre of Amsterdam".

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6249603  Fax: + 31 (0)20-6207277  


Tourist Inn Hotel

Spuistraat 52

1012 TV Amsterdam

22 rooms

Recently constructed low budget hotel in the heart of Amsterdam offers visitors exceptional comfort. We welcome backpackers as well as families.

Phone: + 31 (0)20-4215841  Fax: + 31 (0)20-4270900


Acacia Hotel

Lindengracht 251

1015 KH Amsterdam

14 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6221460

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6380748


Admiraal Hotel, De

Herengracht 563

1017 CD Amsterdam

9 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6262150

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6234625


Adolesce Hotel

Nieuwe Keizersgracht 26

1018 DS Amsterdam

18 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6263959

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6274249

Aero Hotel

Kerkstraat 49

1017 GB Amsterdam

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6227728

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6388531



Anco Hotel

Oudezijds Voorburgwal 55

1012 EJ Amsterdam

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6241126

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6205275


Annemarie Hotel

Jan Willem Brouwersstraatl 14

1071 LJ Amsterdam

11 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-4703007

Fax: + 31 (0)20-4703010

Atlanta Hotel

Rembrandtplein 8

1017 CV Amsterdam

31 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6253585

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6249141


Belga Hotel

Hartenstraat 8

1016CB Amsterdam

10 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6249080

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6236862


Brouwer Hotel

Singel 83 - 85

1012VE Amsterdam

8 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6246358

Fax: + 31 (0)20-5206264


Bema Budget Hotel

Concertgebouwplein 19

1071 LM Amsterdam

7 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6791396

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6623688



Center Amsterdam Hotel

Damrak 58

1012 LL Amsterdam

22 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6209208

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6390545



Centrum Hotel

Warmoesstraat 15

1012 HT Amsterdam

24 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6243535

Fax: + 31 (0)20-4201666


Clemens Hotel

Raadhuisstraat 39

1016 DC Amsterdam

9 rooms

Charming small hotel in the center of Amsterdam. Recently renovated.

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6246089

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6269658


Corner House Hotel Cafe

Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 119

1012 RH Amsterdam

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6241326


Crystal Hotel

2e Helmersstraat 6

1054 CH Amsterdam

17 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6180521

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6180561


Crown Hotel, The

Oudezijds Voorburgwal 21

1012EH Amsterdam

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6269664


Croyden Hotel

Warmoesstraat 75

1012 HX Amsterdam

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6276065


Euphemia Budget Hotel

Fokke Simonszstraat 1

1017 TD Amsterdam

26 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6229045

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6229045



Fantasia Hotel

Nieuwe Keizersgracht 16

1018 DR Amsterdam

19 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6238259

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6223913


Fontana Hotel

Weteringschans 136

1017 XV Amsterdam

19 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6247735

Fax: + 31 (0)20-4203931


Frisco Inn Bar Hotel

Beursstraat 5

1012 JT Amsterdam

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6201610


Galerij Hotel

Raadhuisstraat 43

1016 DD Amsterdam

9 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6248851

Fax: + 31 (0)20-4207725


Gelder Hotel, Van

Damrak 34

1012 LK Amsterdam

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6247879


Gelderse Neel Hotel

Geldersekade 75

1011 EL Amsterdam

3 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-4223338

Fax: + 31 (0)20-4223566


Giardino Hotel, Il

Prins Hendrikkade 97

1011 AG Amsterdam

14 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6234316

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6243389


Golden Bear Hotel, The

Kerkstraat 37

1017 GB Amsterdam

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6244785


Granada Hotel

Leidsekruisstraat 13

1017 RE Amsterdam

9 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6236711

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6228143


Groenendael Hotel

Nieuwendijk 15

1012 LZ Amsterdam

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6244822


Haye Hotel, De la

Leidsegracht 114

1016 CT Amsterdam

22 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6244044

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6385254


Hegra Hotel

Herengracht 269

1016 BJ Amsterdam

11 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6237877

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6238159


Hoksbergen Hotel

Singel 301

1012 WH Amsterdam

14 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6266043

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6383479


Hotel 83

Oudezijds Achterburgwal 83

1012 DC Amsterdam

15 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6262089

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6260382


Jimmy Hotel

Martelaarsgracht 15

1012 TN Amsterdam

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6247180


Kasteelen Hotel, Van De

Frans van Mierisstraat 34

1071 RT Amsterdam

13 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6798995

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6798995


Keizersgracht Hotel

Keizersgracht 15

1015 CC Amsterdam

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6251364


Kitty Hotel

Plantage Middenlaan 40

1018 DG Amsterdam

10 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6226819


Kooyk Hotel, Van

Leidsekade 82

1017 PM Amsterdam

19 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6230295

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6388337


Lantaerne Hotel, De

Leidsegracht 111

1017 ND Amsterdam

24 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6232221

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6232683


Leidseplein Hotel, Het

Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 79

1017 PW Amsterdam

12 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6272505

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6230065


Leydsche Hof Hotel, De

Leidsegracht 14

1016 CK Amsterdam

7 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6232148


Manofa Hotel

Damrak 46-48

1012 LL Amsterdam

48 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6251402

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6383186


Monopole Hotel

Amstel 60

1017 AC Amsterdam

12 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6246271

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6245897


Museumzicht Hotel

Jan Luijkenstraat 22

1071 CN Amsterdam

14 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6712954

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6713597


Neutraal Hotel

Damrak 8

1012 LG Amsterdam

25 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6245403

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6256689


Old Nickel Hotel, The

Nieuwebrugsteeg 11

1012 AG Amsterdam

14 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6241912

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6207683


Old Quarter Hotel

Warmoesstraat 22

1012 JD Amsterdam

16 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6266429

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6207683


Onna Hotel, Van

Bloemgracht 102

1015 TN Amsterdam

30 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6265801


Oosterpark Hotel

Oosterpark 72

1092 AS Amsterdam

8 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6930049

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6634347


Orfeo Hotel

Leidsekruisstraat 14

1017 RH Amsterdam

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6231347


Ostade Bicycle Hotel, Van

Van Ostadestraat 123

1072 SV Amsterdam

16 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6793452

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6715213


Otten Huize Hotel

Utrechtsedwarsstraat 79

1017 WD Amsterdam

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6250345


P.C. Hooft Hotel

P Cornelisz Hooftstr 63

1071 BN Amsterdam

16 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6627107

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6758961


Palace Rainbow Hotel

Raadhuisstraat 33

1016 DC Amsterdam

9 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6254317

Fax: + 31 (0)20-4205428


Pax Hotel

Raadhuisstraat 37

1016 DC Amsterdam

8 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6249735


Peters Hotel

Nicolaas Maesstraat 72

1071 RC Amsterdam

8 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6733454


Prinsenhof Hotel

Prinsengracht 810

1017 JL Amsterdam

10 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6231772

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6383368


Princess Hotel

Overtoom 80

1054 HL Amsterdam

20 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6122947

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6160406


Quentin Hotel

Leidsekade 89

1017 PN Amsterdam

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6262187

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6220121


Schirmann Hotel

Prins Hendrikkade 23

1012 TM Amsterdam

32 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6241942

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6227759

Schroder Hotel

Haarlemmerdijk 48

1013 JE Amsterdam

9 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6266272

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6266272


Seven Bridges Hotel

Reguliersgracht 31

1017 LK Amsterdam

11 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6231329


Sphinx Hotel

Weteringschans 82

1017 XR Amsterdam

17 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6273680

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6273680


Stablemaster Hotel

Warmoesstraat 23

1012 HT Amsterdam

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6250148


Stern Hotel Caf?, De

Utrechtsestraat 18

1017 VN Amsterdam

6 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6265619



Thorbeckeplein 3

1017 CS Amsterdam

12 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6232601

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6382559


Titus Hotel

Leidsekade 74

1017 PM Amsterdam

19 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6265758

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6385870


Torenzicht Hotel Bar

Oudezijds Achterburgwal 93

1012 DD Amsterdam

Phone: + 31 (0)20-4210607


Victorie Hotel

Victorieplein 42

1078 PH Amsterdam

24 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6623233

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6766398


Washington Hotel

Frans van Mierisstraat 10

1071 RS Amsterdam

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6796754

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6734435


Weber Hotel

Marnixstraat 397

1017 PJ Amsterdam

10 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6270574

Fax: + 31 (0)20-4220139


Westend Hotel

Kerkstraat 42

1017 GM Amsterdam

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6248074


Westertoren Hotel, De

Raadhuisstraat 35

1016 DC Amsterdam

8 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6244639

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6244639


Wijnnobel Hotel

Vossiusstraat 9

1071 AB Amsterdam

12 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6622298


Zwaan Cafe Hotel, De

Dorpsweg Ransdorp 70

1028 BR Amsterdam

Phone: + 31 (0)20-4904481



Ajax Hotel Amsterdam

Rokin 104

1012 KZ Amsterdam

21 rooms

Overlooks the Amstel river and located in the city centre.

Phone: + 31 (0)20-7768073  Fax: + 31 (0)20-7768074


AMS Holland Hotel

P.C. Hooftstraat 162

1071 CH Amsterdam

62 rooms

The hotel adjoins the Vondelpark, ideal for a relaxing walk or some healthy exercise.

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6764253  Fax: + 31 (0)20-6765956


AMS Trianon Hotel

J.W. Brouwersstraat 3-7

1071 LH Amsterdam

52 rooms

A quiet side street just next door to the Concert Hall as well as the Rijksmuseum (Rembrandt), the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum.

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6732073  Fax: + 31 (0)20-6738868


La Boheme Hotel

Marnixstraat 415

1017 PK Amsterdam

18 rooms

Friendly small hotel, only 50 meters from the biggest night live area of central Amsterdam, the Leidseplein.  

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6242828  Fax: + 31 (0)20-6272897


City Hotel Utrechtsestraat

Utrechtsestraat 2, corner of Rembrandtplein

1017 VN Amsterdam

14 rooms

Friendly family hotel in the center of Amsterdam.

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6272323  Fax: + 31 (0)20-3309323



Raadhuisstraat 27

1016 DC Amsterdam

33 rooms

Five beautiful monumental buildings between 2 canals, the Herengracht and the Keizersgracht, near the Royal Palace, Westerchurch and the Jordaan.

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6231137  Fax: + 31 (0)20-6243598


Heart of Amsterdam Hotel

Oudezijds Achterburgwal 118/120

1012 DT Amsterdam

27 rooms

We are located in the beginning of the Red Light District, so everything is within walking distance (Anna Frank House, Royal Palace, Dam Square).

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6248879  Fax: + 31 (0)20-6389497


Hotel Center

Damrak 58

1012 LL Amsterdam

22 rooms

This small, modest, but comfortable hotel is located on one of the main streets of Amsterdam.

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6209208  Fax: + 31 (0)20-6390545


Linda Hotel

Stadhouderskade 131

1074 AW Amsterdam

33 rooms

Hotel Linda is a monumental building that was recently renovated. An excellent starting point for discovering the many charms of Amsterdam.

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6738739  Fax: + 31 (0)20-5703540


Nadia Hotel

Raadhuisstraat 51

1016 DD Amsterdam

42 rooms

Historic canal corner gallery building within short walk from all points of interest.

Underneath is an arcade of traditional Amsterdam shops and restaurants.

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6201550  Fax: + 31 (0)20-4281507


Wilhelmina Hotel

Koninginneweg 167

1075 CN Amsterdam

19 rooms

Pleasant and charming, newly renovated, Superior 2 star Hotel centrally

located within walking distance of main Museums, Concert Hall & the Vondelpark.

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6625467  Fax: + 31 (0)20-6792296


Acro Hotel

Jan Luijkenstraat 44

1071 CR Amsterdam

57 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6625538

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6750811



Agora Hotel

Singel 462

1017 AW Amsterdam

16 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6272200

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6272202



Albert Inn Hotel

Sarphatipark 58

1073 CZ Amsterdam

12 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6734083

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6797011


Alfa Amsterdam Hotel

Martelaarsgracht 14

1012 TR Amsterdam

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6227762


Amstelzicht Hotel

Amstel 104

1017 AD Amsterdam

12 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6236693

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6236693


Amsterdam Hotel d'Amsterdam

Tweede Helmersstraat 4

1054 CH Amsterdam

16 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6834649

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6834037



Amsterdam Wiechmann Hotel

Prinsengracht 328

1016 HX Amsterdam

36 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6263321

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6268962


Apple Inn Hotel

Koninginneweg 93

1075 CJ Amsterdam

35 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6627894

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6755235



Armada Hotel

Keizersgracht 713

1017 DX Amsterdam

26 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6232980

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6235829


Arsenal Hotel

Frans van Mierisstraat 97

1071 RN Amsterdam

8 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6792209

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6795888


Art Gallery Hotel

Weteringschans 67

1017 RX Amsterdam

18 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6261711

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6202509


Asterisk Hotel

Den Texstraat 16

1017 ZA Amsterdam

25 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6262396

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6382790


Bellington Hotel

P Cornelisz Hooftstr 78

1071 CB Amsterdam

11 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6716478

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6718637



Biervliet Hotel

Nassaukade 368

1054 AB Amsterdam

7 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6188404

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6188404


Bonga Hotel, Van

Holbeinstraat 1

1077 VB Amsterdam

17 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6625218

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6790843


Casa Cara Hotel

Emmastraat 24

1075 HV Amsterdam

9 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6623135


City Hotel Amsterdam

Prins Hendrikkade 130

1011 AP Amsterdam

20 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6230836

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6383799


Continental Hotel

Damrak 40

1012 LK Amsterdam

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6223363


Cordial Hotel

Rokin 62- 64

1012 KW Amsterdam

50 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6264411

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6235744




Damrak 31

1012 LJ Amsterdam

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6240945

Des Arts Hotel

Rokin 154 -156

1012 LE Amsterdam

20 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6201558

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6249995



Destin Hotel

Sarphatikade 17

1017 WV Amsterdam

9 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6236822

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6265679


Engeland Hotel

Roemer Visscherstraat 30

1054 EZ Amsterdam

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6892323


Filosoof Hotel, De

Anna van den Vondelstr 6

1054 GZ Amsterdam

25 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6833013

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6853750



Freeland Hotel

Marnixstraat 386

1017 PL Amsterdam

15 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6227511

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6267744


Gerstekorrel Hotel, De

Damstraat 22

1012 JM Amsterdam

26 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6249771

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6232640



Golden Regal Hotel

Korte van Eeghenstraat 8

1071 ER Amsterdam

13 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6762131

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6769854


Greenwich Village Hotel

Kerkstraat 25

1017 GA Amsterdam

10 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6269746

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6254081


Groenhof Hotel

Vondelstraat 74

1054 GN Amsterdam

32 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6168221

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6122356


Groot Hotel

Herengracht 135

1015 BG Amsterdam

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6231438


IJ-Boulevard Hotel

Prins Hendrikkade 145

1011 AT Amsterdam

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6230430


Imperial Hotel

Thorbeckeplein 9

1017 CS Amsterdam

17 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6220051

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6245836


ITC Hotel

Prinsengracht 1051

1017 JE Amsterdam

15 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6230230

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6245846



Janson Hotel

Frans van Mierisstraat 69

1071 RL Amsterdam

9 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6797203

Fax: + 31 (0)20-4713047


Jordaan Canal House, The

Egelantiersgracht 23

1015 RC Amsterdam

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6201545


Jupiter Hotel

Tweede Helmersstraat 14

1054 CJ Amsterdam

12 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6187132

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6168838


Kap Hotel

Den Texstraat 5b

1017 XW Amsterdam

16 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6245908

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6271289


Korenaer Hotel

Damrak 50

1012 LL Amsterdam

25 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6220855

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6207685


Keizershof Hotel

Keizersgracht 618

1017 ER Amsterdam

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6222855


Munck Hotel, De

Achtergracht 3

1017 WL Amsterdam

12 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6236283

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6206647


New York Hotel

Herengracht 13

1015 BA Amsterdam

17 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6243066

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6203230


Orlando Hotel

Prinsengracht 1099

1017 JH Amsterdam

5 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6386915

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6252123


Parklane Hotel

Plantage Parklaan 16

1018 ST Amsterdam

11 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6224804

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6267827


Parkzicht Hotel

Roemer Visscherstraat 33

1054 EW Amsterdam

14 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6181954

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6180897


Plant Hotel

Prins Hendrikkade 15

1012 TL Amsterdam

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6228473


Poste Hotel, De la

Reguliersgracht 3

1017 LJ Amsterdam

15 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6237105

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6267167



Rembrandt Hotel

Plantage Middenlaan 17

1018 DA Amsterdam

16 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6272714

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6380293


Rokin Hotel

Rokin 73

1012 KL Amsterdam

36 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6267456

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6256453


Sint Nicolaas Hotel

Spuistraat 1

1012 SP Amsterdam

24 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6261384

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6230979



Sipermann Hotel

Roemer Visscherstraat 35

1054 EW Amsterdam

13 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6161866

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6835114


Stadhouder Hotel, De

Stadhouderskade 76

1072 AE Amsterdam

20 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6718428

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6647410


Verdi Hotel

Wanningstraat 9

1071 LA Amsterdam

11 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6760073

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6739070


Vijaya Hotel

Oudezijds Voorburgwal 44

1012 GE Amsterdam

30 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6380102

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6205277


Waterfront Hotel

Singel 458

1017 AW Amsterdam

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6239775

Fax: + 31 (0)20-4216621



Wiechmann Hotel

Prinsengracht 328-332

1016 HX Amsterdam

38 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6263321

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6268962



Winston Cafe Restaurant

Warmoesstraat 125

1012 JA Amsterdam

67 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6253912

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6392308







AMS Atlas Hotel

Van Eeghenstraat 64

1071 GK Amsterdam

23 rooms

A charming Art Nouveau hotel, in a tranquil location right next to the extensive Vondel park, where you can stroll, jog or just relax.

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6766336  Fax: + 31 (0)20-6717633


AMS City Centre Hotel (former Cok City Hotel)

Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 50

1012 SC Amsterdam

106 rooms

Museums, theatres and the famous Dam Square, as well as extensive shopping streets are at the hotel doorstep.

Phone: + 31 (0)20-4220011  Fax: + 31 (0)20-6645304


AMS Concert Inn Hotel

De Lairessestraat 11

1071 NR Amsterdam

32 rooms

Centrally located, opposite the Concert Hall and near famous Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museums.

Phone: + 31 (0)20-3057272  Fax: + 31 (0)20-3057271


AMS Hofpark Hotel

Koninginneweg 34-35

1075 CZ Amsterdam

114 rooms

Situated in one of the most beautiful quarters of Amsterdam,

near to the famous Vondelpark.

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6646111  Fax: + 31 (0)20-6645304


AMS Museum Hotel

P.C. Hoofstraat 2

1071 BX Amsterdam

110 rooms

Next to the Rijksmuseum, only a few steps from Leidseplein and historical city centre.

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6621402  Fax: + 31 (0)20-6733918


AMS Terdam Hotel

Tesselschadestraat 23

1054 ET Amsterdam

90 rooms

In a very quiet side street off the Leidseplein with Casino, City-theater and hundreds of restaurants.

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6126876  Fax: + 31 (0)20-6838313


Citadel Hotel

Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 98-100

1012 SG Amsterdam

38 rooms

Located in Amsterdam's city centre, near Central Station and the Royal Palace on Dam Square.

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6273882  Fax: + 31 (0)20-6274684


Delta City Center Hotel

Damrak 42-43

1012 LK Amsterdam

48 rooms

Close to the Central Station, the Exchange Building, the Royal Palace on "the Dam"

and a well-known shopping centre "the Kalverstraat".

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6202626  Fax: + 31 (0)20-6203513


HEM Hotel Amsterdam

Voorburgstraat 250

1059 VD Amsterdam

214 rooms

Perfectly located in the western part of Amsterdam.  Only 10 minutes by tram to Leidseplein.

Phone: + 31 (0)20-5106959  Fax: + 31 (0)20-5106950


HEM Hotel Maas

Leidsekade 91

1017 PN Amsterdam

28 rooms

A charming hotel, situated in peaceful surroundings amidst one of the canals of Amsterdam near Leidseplein and Vondelpark.

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6233868  Fax: + 31 (0)20-6222613


HEM Hotel Prins Hendrik

Prins Hendrikkade 53

1012 AC Amsterdam

30 rooms

Right in the old historic heart of Amsterdam, approximately 100 meters from Central Station.

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6237969  Fax: + 31 (0)20-6274391


HEM Hotel 't TolhuusI

jsselmeerdijk 7a

1473 PP Amsterdam - Warder

49 rooms

Quietly situated in the green lands only 30 minutes from Amsterdam city centre

and it is directy at the IJsselmeer, which is one of Europe's biggest lakes. Free shuttle from HEM Hotel Prins Hendrik (opposite Amsterdam Central Station).

Phone: +31 (0)299 403333  Fax: +31 (0)299 403339


Hotel Arena's-Graves


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1092 AA Amsterdam

121 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6947444  Fax: + 31 (0)20-6632649

Hotel Luxer

Warmoesstraat 11

1012 HT Amsterdam

47 rooms

New 3-star deluxe hotel located right in the centre of Amsterdam's old and historical heart

Phone: + 31 (0)20-3303205  Fax: + 31 (0)20-3303206


Ibis Amsterdam Airport

Schipholweg 181

1171 PK   Badhoevedorp

644 rooms

Ideally situated near the most important exit routes around Amsterdam and on the edge of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

Phone: + 31 (0)20-5025100  Fax: + 31 (0)20-6570199


Ibis Amsterdam Stopera Hotel

Valkenburgstraat 68

1011 LZ Amsterdam

207 rooms

Comfortable rooms all with full facilities including safe and individual air-conditioning are waiting for you in the center of Amsterdam.

Phone: + 31 (0)20-5319135  Fax: + 31 (0)20-5319145


Multatuli Hotel

Prins Hendrikkade 12

1012 TL Amsterdam

26 rooms

Located opposite Central Station in the center of Amsterdam.

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6274282  Fax: + 31 (0)20-6208003


Nes Hotel

Kloveniersburgwal 137

1011 KE Amsterdam

39 rooms

Many rooms overlooking the beautifull river Amstel.

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6244773  Fax: + 31 (0)20-6209842


Singel Hotel

Singel 13

1012 VC Amsterdam

32 rooms

Stylish and comfortable three star hotel situated at the heart of the historical Amsterdam.

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6263108  Fax: + 31 (0)20-6203777


Aalborg Hotel

Sarphatipark 106

1073 EC Amsterdam

33 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6760310

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6766560


Aalders Hotel

Jan Luykenstraat 13-15

1071 CJ Amsterdam

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6620116

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6734698


AC Restaurant & Hotel Amsterdam

Provincialeweg 38

1108 AB Amsterdam

192 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-3121416

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6916090


Ambassade Hotel

Herengracht 341

1016 AZ Amsterdam

64 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-5550222

Fax: + 31 (0)20-5550277



Amstel Botel

Oosterdokskade 2

1011 AE Amsterdam

175 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6264247

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6391952


Amsterdam House BV

's Gravelandseveer 3

1011 KM Amsterdam

16 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6246607

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6241346



Avenue Hotel

Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 27

1012 RD Amsterdam

78 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-5309530

Fax: + 31 (0)20-5309599



Bastion Hotel Amsterdam Amstel

Verl v Marwijk Kooystraat 30

1096 BX Amsterdam

80 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6634567

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6633116



Bastion Hotel Amsterdam/Centrum-Noord

Rode Kruisstraat 28

1025 KN Amsterdam

40 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6323131

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6344496



Bastion Hotel Amsterdam/Centrum-Zuidwest

Nachtwachtlaan 11

1058 EV Amsterdam

80 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6691621

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6691631



Belfort Hotel

Surinameplein 53

1058 GN Amsterdam

25 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6174333

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6174335



Borgmann Villa Hotel

Koningslaan 48

1075 AE Amsterdam

15 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6735252

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6762580



Bridge Hotel

Amstel 107

1018EM Amsterdam

27 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6237068

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6241565



Campanile Amsterdam Zuidoost Hotel

Loosdrechtdreef 3

1108 AX Amsterdam

74 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6961129

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6913569


Canal House Hotel

Keizersgracht 148

1015 CX Amsterdam

26 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6225182

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6241317



Casa 400 Hotel

James Wattstraat 75

1097 DL Amsterdam

400 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6651171

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6630379



Compagnie, De Hotel

Vijzelstraat 49

1017 HE Amsterdam

71 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-5306200

Fax: + 31 (0)20-530 6299



Damrak Hotel

Damrak 49

1012 LL Amsterdam

36 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6262498

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6250997



Doria Hotel

Damstraat 3

1012 JL Amsterdam

38 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6388826

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6388726



Eden Hotel

Amstel 144

1017 AE Amsterdam

327 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-5307878

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6242946



Europa 92 Hotel

1e C Huygensstr 103

1054 BV Amsterdam

32 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6188808

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6836405


Falcon Plaza Hotel

Valkenburgerstraat 72-74

1011 LZ Amsterdam

45 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6382991

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6382896



Fita Hotel

Jan Luijkenstraat 37

1071 CL Amsterdam

16 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6790976

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6643969



Flipper Hotel

Borssenburgstraat 5

1078 VA Amsterdam

19 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6761932

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6712053


France Hotel

Oudezijds Kolk 11

1012 AL Amsterdam

99 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-4223311

Fax: + 31 (0)20-4223925



Heemskerk Hotel

Jan Willem Brouwersstr 25

1071 LH Amsterdam

9 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6794980

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6710726


Hestia Hotel

Roemer Visscherstraat 7

1054 EV Amsterdam

18 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6123710

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6851382


Ibis Amsterdam Centre

Stationsplein 49

1012 AB Amsterdam

180 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6389999

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6200156


La Richelle Hotel

Holbeinstraat 41

1077 VC Amsterdam

6 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6717971

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6710541


Lancaster Hotel

Plantage Middenlaan 48

1018 DH Amsterdam

93 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6266544

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6226628


Looier Hotel, De

Derde Looiersdwarsstraat 75

1016 VD Amsterdam

27 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6251855

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6275320



Marianne Hotel

Nicolaas Maesstraat 107

1071 PV Amsterdam

12 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6797972

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6712144


Mercure Amsterdam Arthur Frommer

Noorderstraat 46

1017 TV Amsterdam

90 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6220328

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6203208



NH City Centre

Spuistraat 288

1012 VX Amsterdam

209 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-4204545

Fax: + 31 (0)20-4204300



NH Tropen Hotel

Linnaeusstraat 2

1092 CK Amsterdam

80 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6925111

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6630979


Nicolaas Witsen

Nicolaas Witsenstraat 4

1017 ZH Amsterdam

29 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6236143

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6205113


Nieuw Slotania Hotel

Slotermeerlaan 133

1063 JN Amsterdam

70 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6134568

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6134565



Nova Hotel

Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 276

1012 RS Amsterdam

59 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6230066

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6272026



Owl Hotel

Roemer Visscherstraat 1

1054 EV Amsterdam

34 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6189484

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6189441



Paris Hotel, De

Marnixstraat 372

1016 XX Amsterdam

70 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6237524

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6269516


Piet Hein Hotel

Vossiusstraat 53

1071 AK Amsterdam

41 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6627205

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6621526



Prinsen Hotel

Vondelstraat 38

1054 GE Amsterdam

45 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6162323

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6166112



Prinsengracht Hotel Amsterdam

Prinsengracht 1015

1017 KN Amsterdam

34 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6237779

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6238926



Rembrandt Residence Hotel

Herengracht 255

1016 BJ Amsterdam

111 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6221727

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6250630



Rho Hotel

Nes 5-23

1012 KC Amsterdam

105 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6207371

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6207826


Roemer Visscher Hotel-Restaurant

Roemer Visscherstraat 10

1054 EX Amsterdam

17 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6125511

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6126724



Sander Hotel

Jacob Obrechtstraat 69

1071 KJ Amsterdam

20 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6627574

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6796067



Smit Hotel Amsterdam

P Cornelisz Hooftstr 26

1071 BX Amsterdam

63 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6714785

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6629161


Terminus Hotel

Beursstraat 11

1012 JT Amsterdam

81 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6220535

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6272216


Toren Hotel

Keizersgracht 164

1015 CZ Amsterdam

45 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6226352

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6269703



Toro Hotel

Koningslaan 64

1075 AG Amsterdam

22 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6737223

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6750031


Tulip Inn Dam Square

Gravenstraat 14

1012 NM Amsterdam

38 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6233716

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6381156


Vondel Hotel

Vondelstraat 28

1054 GE Amsterdam

72 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6120120

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6854321



Westropa Hotel

Nassaukade 387

1054 AE Amsterdam

69 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6834935

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6184508



Zandbergen Hotel

Willemsparkweg 205

1071 HB Amsterdam

18 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6769321

Fax: + 31 (0)20- 6761860








Amsterdam Hotel

Damrak 93 - 94

1012 LP Amsterdam

79 rooms

At only 50 meters you will find Dam Square and the Royal Palace.

Phone: + 31 (0)20-5550666  Fax: + 31 (0)20-6204716


AMS Beethoven Hotel

Beethovenstraat 43

1077 HN Amsterdam

52 rooms

Located on one of the prettiest shopping streets in Amsterdam South.

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6644816  Fax: + 31 (0)20-6621240


AMS Lairesse Hotel

De Lairessestraat 7

1071 NR Amsterdam

34 rooms

A stone’s throw away from the Concert Hall and walking distance to Museumplein.

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6719596  Fax: + 31 (0)20-6711756


AMS Omega Hotel

Jacob Obrechtstraat 33

1071 KG Amsterdam

32 rooms

A small, very well-looked after hotel in a quiet area, looking out over the Vondel park, where you can stroll, jog or just relax.

Phone: + 31 (0)20- 6645182  Fax: + 31 (0)20-6640809


AMS Toro Hotel

Koningslaan 64

1075 AG Amsterdam

22 rooms

Refined and chic hotel with a beautiful garden, ideally located on the edge of the extensive Vondelpark.

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6737223  Fax: + 31 (0)20-6750031

Bilderberg Hotel Jan Luyken

Jan Luykenstraat 58

1071 CS Amsterdam

62 rooms

Charming boutique hotel is situated near the Museum Square in three 19th century landhouses.

Phone: + 31 (0)20-5730730  Fax: + 31 (0)20-6763841


Die Port van Cleve

Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 176

1012 SJ Amsterdam

110 rooms & 10 suites

4 star traditional hotel perfectly located in the heart of Amsterdam behind the Royal Palace

on the Dam Square.

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6244860  Fax: + 31 (0)20-6220240


De Monnik Amsterdam Apartments

Monnikenstraat 19

1012 BP Amsterdam

8 apartments

Luxurious apartments in a beautiful, completely renovated monumental building near

the Amsterdam Nieuwmarkt. The apartments can be rented for short and long periods.

Phone: + 31 (0)20-5300900  Fax: + 31 (0)20-3203838


Dorint Airport Hotel Badhoevedorp

Sloterweg 299

1171 VB Badhoevedorp

222 rooms

Situated at one of the quietest locations in the vicinity of the Schiphol airport. Easy access

from the A4 and A9 motorways, ample parking facilities and a free shuttle to the airport

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6588111  Fax: + 31 (0)20-6588100


Estherea Hotel

Singel 305

1012 WJ Amsterdam

70 rooms

Ideally situated in the heart of the city, along one of the most picturesque and tranquil canals. Dam Square, Central Station, the main shopping areas, museums and theatres are all within walking distance.

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6245146  Fax: + 31 (0)20-6239001


Gresham Memphis

De Lairessestraat 87

1071 NX Amsterdam

74 rooms

Located in the fashionable heart of Amsterdam.

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6733141  Fax: + 31 (0)20-6737312


Novotel Amsterdam

Europaboulevard 10

1083 AD Amsterdam

611 rooms

International 4 star hotel, located in the south centre of Amsterdam with own parking. 10 minutes from all major attractions.

Phone: + 31 (0)20-5411123  Fax: + 31 (0)20- 6462823


Sofitel Amsterdam

Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 67

1012 RE Amsterdam

148 rooms

5 minutes' walk from the Central Station and Dam Square.

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6275900  Fax: + 31 (0)20-6238932


Victoria Hotel Amsterdam

Damrak 1

1012 LG Amsterdam

305 rooms

Conveniently located in the city center and opposite the Central Station of Amsterdam.

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6234255  Fax: + 31 (0)20-6252997


AMS Hofpark Hotel (former Cok Business Class Hotel)

Koninginneweg 34-36

1075 CZ Amsterdam

114 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-5737101

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6645304


Apollofirst Hotel

Apollolaan 123

1077 AP Amsterdam

40 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6730333

Fax: + 31 (0)206750348



Canal Crown Hotel

Herengracht 519

1017 BV Amsterdam

57 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-4200055

Fax: + 31 (0)20-4200993


Delphi Hotel

Apollolaan 105

1077 AN Amsterdam

47 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6795152

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6752941


Dikker & Thijs Fenice Hotel

Prinsengracht 444

1017 KE Amsterdam

26 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6267721

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6258986



Dorint Airport-Hotel Amsterdam Schiphol

Sloterweg 299

1171 VB Badhoevedorp Amsterdam

222 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6588111

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6588100



Grand Amstelveen Hotel

Bovenkerkerweg 81

1187 XC Amstelveen

91 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6455558

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6412121


Inntel Amsterdam-Centre Hotel

Nieuwezijds Kolk 19

1012 PV Amsterdam

236 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-5301818

Fax: + 31 (0)20-4221919


Jolly Hotel Carlton

Vijzelstraat 4

1017 HK Amsterdam

224 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6222266

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6266183


Mercure Amsterdam aan de Amstel

Joan Muyskenweg 10

1096 CJ Amsterdam

178 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6658181

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6948735



Mercure Amsterdam Airport Hotel

Oude Haagseweg 20

1066 BW Amsterdam

152 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6179005

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6159027



Mercure Schiphol Terminal

Lounge West Schiphol

1117 ZN Amsterdam/Schiphol

33 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6041339

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6530438



NH Caransa Hotel

Rembrandtplein 19

1017 CT Amsterdam

66 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-5540800

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6222773



NH City North Hotel

Distelkade 21

1031 XP Amsterdam

282 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6344366

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6360345



NH Doelen Hotel

Nieuwe Doelenstraat 24

1012 CP Amsterdam

85 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-5540600

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6221084



NH Museum Quarter

Hobbemakade 50

1071 XL Amsterdam

163 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-5738200

Fax: + 31 (0)20-5738299



NH Schiphol Airport

Kruisweg 495

2132 NA Amsterdam/Schiphol

419 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6550550

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6534999



NH Schiller Hotel

Rembrandtplein 26

1017 CV Amsterdam

92 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-5540700

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6240098



Park Hotel, The

Stadhouderskade 25

1071 ZD Amsterdam

187 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6717474

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6649455



Swissotel Amsterdam

Damrak 96

1012 LP Amsterdam

110 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-5223000

Fax: + 31 (0)20-5223223






Amstel Inter Continental Hotel

Professor Tulpplein 1

1018 GX Amsterdam

79 rooms

This stately hotel is located in the heart of the financial and cultural district of Amsterdam.

Since its re-opening in 1992, the Amstel hotel ranks amongst the best hotels of the world.

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6226060  Fax: + 31 (0)20-6225808


Bilderberg Garden Hotel Mangerie de Kersentuin

Dijsselhofplantsoen 7

1077 BJ Amsterdam

124 rooms

Situated in the fashionable heart of Amsterdam, close to the centre of the old town.

Phone: + 31 (0)20-5705600  Fax: + 31 (0)20-5705654


The Grand Amsterdam Sofitel Demeure Hotel

Oudezijds Voorburgwal 197

1012 EX Amsterdam

131 rooms, 35 suites, & 16 apartments

This magnificently restored historic building offers all the facilities of a 5 star deluxe hotel and a view over a 17th century canal.

Phone: + 31 (0)20-5553111  Fax: + 31 (0)20-5553222


Blakes Hotel

Keizersgracht 384

1016 GB Amsterdam

26 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-5302010

Fax: + 31 (0)20-5302030



Crowne Plaza Amsterdam - American

Leidsekade 97

1017 PN Amsterdam

174 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-5563000

Fax: + 31 (0)20-5563001



Crowne Plaza Amsterdam City Centre

Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 5

1012 RC Amsterdam

270 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6200500

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6201173


100 rooms @180euro incl break

2bl 205 euro


Crowne Plaza Amsterdam Schiphol

Planeetbaan 2

2132 HZ Hoofddorp

243 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)23-5650000

Fax: + 31 (0)23-5650521



Europe Hotel, De l'

Nieuwe Doelenstraat 2

1012 CP Amsterdam

100 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-5311777

Fax: + 31 (0)20-5311778



Hilton Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

Herbergierstraat 1 138 Schiphol-Centrum

1118 CA  Amsterdam

280 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-7104000

Fax: + 31 (0)20-7104080



Hilton International - Amsterdam Hilton

Apollolaan 138

1077 BG Amsterdam

271 rooms & 33 suites

Phone: + 31 (0)20-7106000

Fax: + 31 (0)20-7106080


Holiday Inn Amsterdam

De Boelelaan 2

1083HJ Amsterdam

256 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6462300

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6464790


Le Meridien Apollo

Apollolaan 2

1077 BA Amsterdam

201 rooms & 18 suites

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6735922

Fax: + 31 (0)20-5705744



Marriott Hotel

Stadhouderskade 12

1054 ES Amsterdam

392 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6075555

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6075511



NH Amsterdam Barbizon Palace Hotel

Prins Hendrikkade 59

1012 AD Amsterdam

274 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-5564564

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6243353



NH Amsterdam Centre Hotel

Stadhouderskade 7

1054 ES Amsterdam

235 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6851351

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6851611



NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky

Dam 9

1012 JS Amsterdam

469 rooms & 36 apartments

Phone: + 31 (0)20-5549111

Fax: + 31 (0)20-5547010



Okura Amsterdam Hotel

Ferdinand Bolstraat 333

1072 LH Amsterdam

370 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6787111

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6712344



Pulitzer Amsterdam Hotel ITT Sheraton

Prinsengracht 315

1016 GZ Amsterdam

224 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-5235235

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6276753


Radisson SAS Hotel Amsterdam Airport

Boeing avenue 2

1119 PB Amsterdam/Schiphol

279 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6553131

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6553100



Radisson SAS Hotel

Rusland 17

1012 CK Amsterdam

243 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6231231

Fax: + 31 (0)20-5208200



Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel

Kattengat 1

1012 SZ Amsterdam

405 rooms

Phone: + 31 (0)20-6212223

Fax: + 31 (0)20-6275245



Sheraton Amsterdam Airport

Schipholboulevard 101

1118 BG Amsterdam/Schiphol

408 rooms & 9 suites

Phone: + 31 (0)20-3164300

Fax: + 31 (0)20-3164399

Hotels by Postcode


Approximate postcode boundaries in central Amsterdam

1011     City Center – Red Light

** City Hotel Amsterdam, Gelderse Neel, IJ Boulevard

*** Amstel Botel, Eureka, Falcon Plaza, Nes

1012  City Center – Red Light

* Anco, Brouwer, Center Amsterdam, Centrum, Corner House, Croydon, De Malle Moolen, Groenendael, Hoksbergen, Hotel 83, Internationaal, Manofa, Mevlana, Neutraal, Old Quarter, Royal Taste, Stable Master, The Bulldog, The Crown, The Old Nickel, Torenzicht, Travel, Van Gelder, Voyagers, Young Budget Hotel Kabul International

** Alfa Amsterdam, Beursstraat, Continental, Damhotel, De Gerstekorrel, De Korenaer, Hotel Des Arts, Ibis Hotel Amsterdam Centre, Jimmy, Plant, Residence Le Coin, Rokin, Sint Nicolaas, Vijaya, Winston

*** Amsterdam Nova Hotel, Avenue, Citadel, Cok City Hotel, Cordial, De Kooper Moolen, Delta, Doria, France, Hotel Damrak, Multatuli, Prins Hendrik, Rho, Singel, Terminus

**** Die Port Van Cleve, Estherea, Hotel Amsterdam De Roode Leeuw, Hotel Inntel Amsterdam Centre, Sofitel Amsterdam, SwissÔtel Amsterdam, Victoria Hotel Amsterdam

***** Crowne Plaza Amsterdam City Centre, De L'europe, Radisson Sas Hotel, Renaissance Amsterdam, The Grand Sofitel Demeure Amsterdam


* Schroder

** The Regal


* Acacia, International Student Centre, Van Onna

*** Canal House, Toren, Torenstar


* Aspen, Belga, Clemens, De La Haye, De Leydsche Hof, De Westertoren, Galerij, Hegra, Pax, Rainbow Palace

** Amsterdam Wiechmann, Diann Hotel, Gasthuis Appartementen, Nadia

*** Ambassade Hotel, De Looier, De Paris, Rembrandt Residence, Sunhead Of 1617

***** Blakes, Pulitzer


* Atlanta, Bim, City, De Admiraal, De Harmonie, De Lantaerne, Euphemia, Granada, Hans Brinker, Hemp, Keizershof, King, Kooyk, La Boheme, Leidseplein Hotel / Appart., Monopole, Orfeo, Prinsenhof, Quentin, Sphinx, Stern, The Golden Bear, The Veteran, Thorbecke, Titus, Weber, Westend

** Agora, Amstelzicht, Amsterdam House, Armada, Art Gallery, Asterisk, De La Poste, De Munck, Destine, Freeland, Greenwich Village, Huize Otten, Impala, Imperial, Itc Gay-Hotel, Orlando

*** Amsterdam Prinsengracht, Best Western Eden, Hotel Maas, Mercure Arthur Frommer, Nicolaas Witsen, Seven Bridges

**** American, Canal Crown, Dikker Thijs Fenice, Jolly Hotel Carlton


* Adolesce, Fantasia, Kitty

** Parklane, Rembrandt

*** Barbacan, Canal Appartments, Lancaster, The Bridge

***** Amstel Inter.Continental


*** Bastion Amsterdam / Centrum Noord

1054  Closest on this map to fields

* Princess, Van Rooijen

** Biervliet, D'amsterdam, Groenhof, Jupiter, Parkzicht, Sipermann, The Quentin Engeland

*** Best Western Ams Hotel Terdam, De Filosoof, Europa 92, Hestia, Hotel Appartement Nr 40, Owl, Prinsen, Roemer Visscher, Vondel, Westropa

***** Amsterdam Marriott


* Bema, Inner Amsterdam, Museumzicht, P. C. Hooft, Peters, Van Acker, Van De Kasteelen, Washington, Wijnnobel

** Acca International, Acro, Ams Hotel Holland, Ams Hotel Trianon, Arsenal, Bellington, Heemskerk, Janson, Kap, The Golden Regal, Verdi

*** Aalders, Best Western Ams Museum Hotel, Concert Inn, Fita, Marianne, Minotel Sander, Piet Hein, Smit, Zandbergen

**** Atlas, Best Western Ams Hotel Lairesse, Het Parkhotel, Jan Luyken Hotel Residence, Memphis Amsterdam, Omega


* Van Ostade Bicycle Hotel

** De Stadhouder

***** Okura Amsterdam, Okura Amsterdam


** Aalborg, Albert


* Hemony

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