Amsterdam City Center
If there is one city you must visit in your lifetime, it is Amsterdam. The capital of The Netherlands is a combination of culture, beautiful cycling routes and a vibrant nightlife. From wandering through the beautiful museums on Museumplein to sailing over the canals, Amsterdam City Center offers something for everyone. Stay at Van der Valk Hotel Amsterdam-Amstel and be close to all the highlights of the city!
One of the most famous sights in Amsterdam is Dam Square. This jam-packed square is jostling with tourists and locals day and night. On the square you will find plenty of attractions, such as the Royal Palace, wax works museum Madame Tussauds and the New Church, where important art exhibitions are held. On the south side of Dam Square stands the National Memorial statue, built in the memory of Dutch soldiers and members of the resistance who died in World War II.
A lot of museums are located in Amsterdam City Center on the so-called Museumplein: here you will find the world-famous Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum. If you are a fan of history, the Anne Frank House – where Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazi's – is worth a visit.
Amsterdam City Center offers many special stores and shopping districts. The Kalverstraat is the most famous shopping street in Amsterdam, where you will find shops like H&M, Urban Outfitters and Pull & Bear. Nieuwendijk is the oldest shopping street in Amsterdam. In addition to the larger retail chains, you also have countless smaller fashion stores and catering establishments here. If you are looking for more luxurious shops, plan a visit to the P.C. Hooftstraat. Here you are overloaded with shops such as Gucci, Hugo Boss and Cartier. This authentic neighbourhood 9 Streets is full of picturesque monuments and has a unique range of specialist shops with vintage products. In short, in Amsterdam there is a store for every kind of shopaholic!
Discover Amsterdam City Center the Dutch way: by bicycle. Grab one of the rental bikes from Van der Valk Hotel Amsterdam-Amstel and get out and about. Amsterdam offers a lot of beautiful cycling routes through the city centre and beyond. Cycle through the Amsterdamse Bos, Vondelpark or along the Amstel. Or just go from highlight to highlight without getting tired feet!