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There is always something to do in Amsterdam, one of the most popular cities in Europe for tourists. It is mainly known for the Rijksmuseum, the canals, the Anne Frank house and the Heineken brewery. Apart from these major sights, Amsterdam has a lot more to offer!

Museums in Amsterdam

Amsterdam has museums and galleries for everyone. From a wide variety of world-class museums to attractive temporary exhibitions. If your time in Amsterdam is limited, Museumplein (Museum Square) in the Oud-Zuid district is the best choice. As well as the Concertgebouw concert hall. yHere you will find the three greatest museums in Amsterdam: the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk Museum and the Van Gogh Museum. The Rijksmuseum’s collection includes world-renowned works of art, such as Rembrandt’s ‘The Nightwatch’. The Van Gogh Museum is one of the world’s most popular museums and houses the largest collection of works by Vincent van Gogh. Are you more interested in modern artists? The Stedelijk Museum is the biggest museum of modern art in the Netherlands.

Shopping in Amsterdam

You can shop till you drop in the Dutch capital, in large department stores, exclusive boutiques and colourful markets. The Kalverstraat is the city’s most famous shopping street. At the end of it is the Dam square with the Palace and the Bijenkorf, one of the oldest and largest department stores in the Netherlands. If you’re looking for specialist, individual shops, stroll around the ‘negen straatjes’ (nine streets), where you will find vintage products and original gifts. The ‘negen straatjes’ is the name given to a picturesque shopping area in the Jordaan neighbourhood. You can most easily find typical Amsterdam culture at the local markets. The Albert Cuyp market is the best-known one in Amsterdam. You can enjoy hours of shopping and hunting for bargains there, together with local residents in the heart of the Pijp district.

Trendy neighbourhoods in Amsterdam

Welcome to the new Amsterdam! Outside the centre, every area has its own special character. NDSM, set in a former shipyard, is one of Amsterdam's prime spaces for creativity and development, and there are also local hotspots in Oud-West or boutique chic in Oud-Zuid. These are just a few examples, each with its own charm. Creative spirits feel at home on the NDSM site, an original and rough-edged area that you reach by taking the free ferry from the back of Central Station. Popular among local residents is Oud-West. This is the home of our own Ramada Apollo Amsterdam Centre, the Rembrandt Park and ‘de Hallen’, which is an old tram depot that has been converted into a cultural and culinary hotspot. Oud-West and Oud-Zuid meet at the Vondel Park, which is like a garden for all Amsterdammers, full of picnickers, joggers and cyclists. From the Vondel Park you come to the broad avenues and monumental buildings of Oud-Zuid. This is the area where our two other Amsterdam hotels are located.

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