Two comfortable canal apartments in the heart of the historic city centre of Amsterdam
Art & culture
Everything of interest in Amsterdam is within one mile radius of the Amsterdam Canal Apartments, including the main museums. That’s a short walk, a few tram stops, or a few minute bike ride if you decide to rent a bike and peddle around as the Dutch do!
Jodenbreestraat 4, tel. 0205200400. Just a 4 minute walk from your bed. All the etches are waiting for you! Check for special exhibitions.
Nieuwe Herengracht 14, tel. 0205308755. The St. Petersburg opened an annex in the Amstelhof, which was a nursing home for over three hundred years. The grand opening was in 2009. Attracted over a million visitors in the first year.
Het Grachtenhuis - The Canalside House
Het Grachtenhuis, the Canalside House, is a brand new museum located in one of the most beautiful canal houses of Amsterdam. Het Grachtenhuis introduces you to one of the best city development projects ever: the 17th-century canals of Amsterdam. Buy tickets online on the museum’s website as visitor numbers are limited.
Onze Lieve Heer op Zolder
Museum Amstelkring – Oudezijdsvoorburgwal 40, tel. 0206246604. “Our Lord in the Attic.” Not many tourists make it here. A secret catholic church hidden in the attic of a canal house originating from the 17th century, at a time catholicism was illegal in Holland. Where in the world can you find that? And it is all original. Strongly recommended!
City Archives (Stadsarchief)
Vijzelstraat 32 tel. 0207882090. Here they keep track of the history of the city. You can see nice pictures, old letters and the treasures of the city in the former huge safe of the old bank, built by de Bazel in an amazing art deco style. The extremely interesting building reflects the wealth brought to the Netherlands by its colonies. Best bookshop with books about Amsterdam in town. Nice cozy cafe ‘de Bazel.’
This church is in the backyard of your apartment. It will remind you it is there with its bells, which happily sleep at night. You can also climb the tower in the summer from Wednesday – Saturday from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Take a closer look at those bells and see where they can play the carillon by hand. On top of the tower you can go outside and see the city at your feet. Try to find your apartment!
Kattenburgerplein 1, tel. 0205232222. Recently reopened after extensive renovation. Great overview of the Dutch naval history. Marvelous new roof in the inner court.
Kalverstraat 92 tel. 0205231822. This somewhat forgotten Museum gives a good impression of the old days in Amsterdam and how it evolved into what it is now.
Plantage Middenlaan 2a, tel. 0206258411. Visit this 18th century garden and look at the old trees and plants they brought back from all over the world since the 17th century. The place is very quiet and a 5 minute walk from your apartment.
Oudekerksplein. The oldest church in Amsterdam is a forgotten jewel. Have a look at the beautiful glass stained windows and wood paintings. You are now in the heart of the old city, and the red light district at the same time.
Dam Square. A fantastic Italian style renaissance building, a bit oversized for the city center of Amsterdam. See where queen Beatrix throws state banquets and visit the Vierschaar, the court where in the 17th century criminals where sentenced to death and executed later at… yes: Nieuwmarkt square, three minutes from your apartment!
Walenpleintje 157. Built as church for French speaking people in the 17th century, this venue offers nice Baroque concerts. A 3 minute walk.
Dam Square. This church offers interesting exhibitions. It is the place to marry when you are the first in line to become king or queen. On 2-2-2002 king-to-be Willem-Alexander married his Maxima. Look where they said ‘yes’ to each other. When you are not so much into royalty, visit while there is a concert on the famous organ.
Beurs van Berlage
Damrak 213, tel. 0205217520. Built as an early 20th century trade market by the well known architect Berlage it is now a concert hall and exhibition building. Look what they offer or climb the tower. They also offer tours around this nice art deco building.
plein 2, tel. 66718345. This concert hall (built in 1888) is world renowned for its acoustics, and offers a music packed program of 650 concerts a year. Enjoy the orkest, other Dutch orchestras and international soloists and divas, too! Check for regular free lunch concerts: most Wednesdays at 12:30 PM. Be sure to be there well in advance, as it can be quite busy.
Tuschinski Movie Theater
Reguliersbreestraat 26/28/34, tel. 09001458. One of the most beautiful movie theaters in the world with acres of art-deco murals, silk wall-hangings and tropical wood inlay, nine hundred art nouveau lamps of stained glass and bronze, furniture designed for the lounges of ocean liners, hand-knotted carpeting, and a Wurlitzer theater organ with 5,000 pipes. Take the VIP arrangement in Thuschinski 1 and enjoy this art-deco miracle in style and sit where the Queen sits when she goes to the movies. Watch out for the Live Opera from the Met, with indeed a live connection with the Metropolitan in New York.
Muziekgebouw aan het IJ
Piet Heinkade 1, tel 0207882010. This archictural wonder on the waterfront of the IJ offers nice modern music and Jazz music. A must for its architecture and its modern music. Enjoy your lunch or coffee in the marvelous Star Ferry restaurant downstairs with a great view on the port of Amsterdam.
Kloveniersburgwal 59, just around the corner of your apartment. Nice local café with jazz sessions on late Sunday afternoons.
Muziektheater (The Opera)
Waterlooplein 22, tel. 0206255455. A four minute stroll. Most easy to find is the entrance from the Amstel river side. Check the program in the building while picking up your copy of the AUB Uitkrant for cultural events city wide. The Muziektheater offers very good operas (renowned worldwide for the modern “mise en scene” by Pierre Audi) and ballets. If sold out you still have a reasonable chance of getting a ticket as they will sell off the reserved tickets that are not being picked up from 7.30 p.m. onwards.
Rozengracht 117 tel. 0202170400. Always a big hit on Dutch culture. English spoken comedy show.