The Open Harbour Museum was a part of the Zeeburg quarter and centered around the former KNSM passenger terminal. In this building the museum was housed and it is also used for cultural events. Plans were to add ships at the waterfront, like a submarine, a lighthouseship, a KNSM passenger ship and a Greenpeace ship.
Update: In 2003 The museum closed and two years later was transformed into a tourist information center called Loods 6.
2013 Update: Most of the ships now are located at the NDSM area across 't IJ.
"The Government of Amsterdam" is the government of the municipality and city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Most of the inhabitants live in the city of Amsterdam, but the municipality also covers a number of small villages, and other parts of the local government, such as the Waterschap or the bridge management, cover an even larger area.
The administrative district borders Diemen, Weesp, Abcoude, Ouder-Amstel and Amstelveen in the south, Haarlemmermeer and Haarlemmerliede en Spaarnwoude in the west, and Zaanstad, Oostzaan, Landsmeer and Waterland in the north.
As all Dutch municipalities, the municipality of Amsterdam is governed by a mayor, burgemeester, his aldermen, wethouders, and the municipal council, gemeenteraad.
De Appel is the centre for contemporary Art.
Normally there are discussion and video presentations on tuesday nights (see their website).
The centre moved from the Nieuwe Spiegelstraat to the Prins Hendrikkade.
Admission: €7.00 (adult)
Tu-Sa: Noon - 8PM
Su: Noon - 6PM
Never before did I found a museum about funurals. Well, the Uitvaartmuseum " Tot Zover" may be the first.
The Uitvaart Museum (Funeral Museum) opened on December 12, 2007.
It is located at the "Nieuwe Oosterbegraafplaats", a churchyard at the East quarter of Amsterdam.
Much of the collection is collected by Henk Kok. who has worked on opening a funeral museum since 1964.
Entrance: € 5,50 (adults).
Opening hours (including the Museum Café Roosenburgh) :
Tu-Su: 11AM - 5PM
The most upscale and prestigious shopping street in Amsterdam is named after Pieter C Hooft ( 1581-1647), a poet and playwright in the early Golden Age of Amsterdam. Best bet is he would be a lot more pleased than Albert Cuyp with his eponymous shopping district. Offering the smoothest pavement we saw in the whole city, the preponderance of large SUVs and luxury sedans came as no surprise. Neither did the upscale types emerging from them to visit an astonishing row of internationally renowned design stores. No duds here. All these stores are elegantly decorated and served by elegant salespeople. The offerings are standard for the names involved - exquisite, but no surprises, no bargains. The whole district is only three short blocks, easily walked, with trams at each end.
The British women's designer Karen Millen was previously unknown to us although there are two boutiques in New York, one way downtown and the other in an office building on Broadway - came out with a nice enough conservative sweater at 130 Eu, our most expensive clothing purchase.
Chopard, Gucci, Cartier, Jimmy Choo, Hermes, Chanel -- all the usual suspects.
" The sky is wounded forever. Auschwitz was an unspeakably appalling attack on everything that humanity stands for " Jan Hendrik Wolkers.
The small Wertheim Park is the only park in Amsterdam Central and one of the oldest parks in the city, a gift to the people of the city by Napoleon in 1812. The park is named after Abraham Wertheim, a 19th C banker and philanthropist. The park is noted for its sculptures, most notably the two marble sphinxs with lanterns at the entrance. There is little to draw one into the park, located across from the Botanic Garden, to visit the Auschwitz Memorial if one does not know it is here. We were alone in the park with a few locals walking their dogs.
Of the approximately 107000 Jews sent to extermination camps, only 5200 returned. Some went to Sobibor but most to Auschwitz. The Dutch Auschwitz Committee commissioned Dutch author and artist Jan Hendrik Wolkers to conceptualize and create a monument. The memorial was initially place in a cemetery, possibly as early as the 1970's, and moved here in 1993. It is comprised of six broken mirrors in two rows of three with an erect glass panel stating Never Again Auschwitz. The artist has stated that cracking the mirrors was intended to punish the sky for its indifference to the atrocities being committed. The rest of the park looks like a nice venue for a short rest should time allow.
Don't miss out on the best smartshop ever: KOKOPELLI
It will appeal you from the street with its coloured, warm shop-window and that wooden bench outside, near the entry!
Inside you will find a little peaceful oasi; the parquet floor gives you a sensation of warmth, lights and books make you feel calm and the nice owners bring happiness. Don't forget to look at the paintings, there's always some art exhibition going on (I remember Kamiel Proost exhibition)!
Going ahead in the shop you will find a relax area; comfortable sofas with cushions, little coffee tables and notebooks: they're meant to be used by customers who can either leave a message or draw something with the Koko's pencils!
Kokopelli is also a tea room and an internet café, so sit back and have a hot cup of tea while drawing, smoking and listening to the Koko's relaxing music :)
Absolutely the best place ever if you want to spend some peaceful hours!
Prins Hendrikkade is a street very close to the central station and also very in the end (or start , depends on your travel location) of Amsterdam's Chinatown.
You will find here some lovely attractions like St. Nicholas church , The dutch maritime museum , Hotel Victoria , Schreierstoren and more.
The street is named after the youngest son of King William II , Prince Henry (1820-1879).
Barlaeus Gymnasium is a big building , a secondary school that was built in 1885 and is very close to Leidseplain.
They teach here Latin and Greek.
I loved the size of the building and the amount of bicycles in front of the building,
In October 2010 the Van Eesteren Museum opened in a former household and technical school. The museum idsplays the architecture of the Amsterdam New West suburb development after World War II. A fifties living room is one of the parts of the museum, but there also is a very interesting inner court.
Guided tours (also in the suburb) are available.
Entrance fee: € 5,00 (adult)
Fr-Sa: 1PM - 5PM
Su: Closed (except the first Sunday of the month)
Howdy! There is a rather odd but spectacular tradition on New Years Day on various beaches in The Netherlands.
I am pointing you to Zandvoort (location Beachclub Take Five) to watch (or participate) in the New Years Dive (Nieuwjaarsduik) at 14.00 hrs on January 1st.
Over 3000 people will dip, dive and/or swim in the cold winter sea.
Here's some info and photos:
If you want to participate, let me know and I'll translate the info for you.
OK... how to get there:
Take a direct train (Sprinter) for a 35 minute ride from Amsterdam Sloterdijk station to Zandvoort aan Zee (Zandvoort-on-sea). Then a 9 minute walk to the beach club. Trains go each 30 minutes (at 23 and 53 minutes past the hour).
Here's a birds eye map:
(continue reading below)
Just as many people visit the Doubletree by Hilton Sky Lounge & Terrace to view the city and harbour as others visit for drinks.
Located on the hotel's 11th floor it is the ideal for end of day drink and admire the spectacular waterway.
We were staying at the hotel and thought the view from our 6th floor room was special, however it was nothing compared to the Sky Lounge.
Entry was free when we visited late afternoon.
On one of our late afternoon strolls we discovered by chance the Post-Horn Church (Posthoornkerk) as it was beautifully bathed in the evening sun.
The twin-towered church is one of 6 churches in Amsterdam which was built after designs of the dutch architect P.J.H. Cuypers.
Construction on the neo-Gothic church started in 1860. As the church is completely surrounded by high houses, it was built much taller than normal.
The Post-Horn Church is located in Amsterdam's busy city centre. It can be found near the western end of the street Haarlemmerstraat only a few minutes west of the Central Railway Station.
Address: Post-Horn Church, Haarlemmerstraat 124, 1013 EH Amsterdam
Sometimes, one of the best thing in pictures is their impossibility to capture the smell.
Amsterdam is famous for its canals, but I must confess that the look was not so impressive as, for instance in Venice or Copenhagen, and the smell...
Coffee shops are establishments in the Netherlands where the sale of cannabis for personal consumption by the public is tolerated by the authorities.Under the drug policy of the Netherlands,the sale of cannabis products in small quantities is allowed by licensed coffee shops.The majority of these also serve drink and food but no alcohol and generally no smoking of tobacco(which i find totally bizarre).The idea of these shops was introduced in the seventies for the explicit purpose of keeping hard and soft drugs seperated.In the Netherlands,105 of the 443 municipalities have at least one coffeeshop(all one word in Dutch).A Dutch judge has ruled that tourists can be legally banned from entering cannabis cafe's,as part of new restrictions which come into force in 2012.There are hundreds of coffeeshops throughout the Amsterdam area.Over 18's only.
My son and grandmother shared a room at the Ambassade, where we were greeted by a very friendly and...more
This is an absolutely beautiful hotel in a perfect position with all the amenities and more. It is...more
“But New Amsterdam remained comparatively intact. The tongues of nearly every European nation were...more
Amsterdam feels like a small city that offers art, history, and architecture. Within its web of water-filled canals are 900 years of history, more than 50 museums, and countless streets to just...
see all Amsterdam member meetings