KEUKENHOF 2015 – Van Gogh

Het Keukenhof thema voor 2015 is Van Gogh. In 2015 is het 125 jaar geleden dat Vincent van Gogh is overleden. Keukenhof werkt samen met de musea Van Gogh en Kröller-Müller het thema verder uit.

Keukenhof 2015 is geopend van 20 maart tot en met 17 mei.

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ICE AMSTERDAM

ICE*Amsterdam presents a unique ice skating experience on Amsterdam’s Museumplein, with the Rijksmuseum as a phenomenal backdrop!

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ICE*Amsterdam is the ideal place to enjoy some typical Dutch wintertime fun. Head along for a spot of skating or simply to watch the action and take in the great atmosphere. Brasserie Winters is located next to the rink: a charming wooden chalet offering a range of delicious Dutch and international dishes.

Ice skating and more
Take to the ICE*Amsterdam ice individually or in a group. There are also skating lessons on offer to help you hone your skills as well as sessions of ice hockey and curling. This year, ICE*Amsterdam premieres the energy-efficient ‘Icefloo’ ice rink, which uses approximately 25% less energy than standard rinks.

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HOW TO EAT DUTCH FOOD

 

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GRACHTENHUIZEN FOTOTENTOONSTELLING

Van 19 november 2014 tot en met eind februari 2015 organiseert InterContinetal Amstel Amsterdam een fototentoonstelling over Grachtenhuizen. De fotoserie van fotograaf Arjan Bronkhorst toont het leven aan de gracht in Amsterdam’s mooiste stadspaleizen.

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PERFECT HARMONY – La Rive’s new Book

We’re almost finished with a beautiful book: The title of La Rive’s new signature recipes, wine pairings and personalities book is ‘Perfect Harmony‘. Perfect Harmony combines Master Chef Rogér Rassin’s 26 signature signature recipes with step-by-step instructions and Maître Sommelier, Ronald Opten’s, matching wine pairings with alternatives depending on your mood and budget. Perfect Harmony boek

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ARTIST DAAN VAN DOORN EXHIBITION IN LA RIVE RESTAURANT

0db0d7d6e30912fcFrom Friday, 14th November untill the end of January.

 

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DE HALLEN AMSTERDAM IS OPEN

CENTRUM VOOR MEDIA, CULTUUR, MODE, HORECA EN AMBACHTEN.

De plek waar ooit de eerste elektrische trams in Amsterdam werden onderhouden heeft een nieuw leven gekregen. In de voormalige tramremise, een rijksmonument gebouwd tussen 1902-1928, is nu De Hallen Amsterdam gevestigd. Midden in de 19e eeuwse stadswijk Amsterdam West.

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Amsterdams grachtenpand brengt gasten in hogere, 19e eeuwse kerstsferen

Ervaar deze winter hoe het vermogende echtpaar Willet-Holthuysen in de 19de eeuw Kerstmis vierde. Vanaf 10 december tot en met 4 januari zijn in hun imposante grachtenpand aan de Herengracht 605, nu Museum Willet-Holthuysen, de eetkamer, balzaal en keuken teruggebracht in kerstsferen van toen.

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THE AMSTEL HOTEL AND THE GREEN GLOBE CERTIFICATION

InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam is the latest IHG hotel to receive certification for its sustainable operations and management. This 150-year-old heritage property located in the heart of Amsterdam is committed to fair and responsible ways of reducing impacts on the environment and creating awareness of its sustainability achievements amongst guests, employees, suppliers and the local community.

InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam, General Manager, Anita Bos said: “The future lies in our own hands. That’s why we shouldn’t condone waste, for example, and take steps ourselves for running our business responsibly. It’s not a case of only doing something substantial, many small changes are just as important. Together with the team I am very proud that we have achieved the Green Globe certificate.”

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Dining with the Tsars

The Hermitage Amsterdam’s fifth anniversary exhibition Dining with the Tsars.

Eight magnificent porcelain and creamware services from the collection of the Hermitage in St Petersburg will be exhibited in a setting that conveys what the balls and banquets of the Tsar’s court were like. Visitors will imagine they are guests, in possession of a coveted imperial invitation, climbing the steps of the Winter Palace, reviewing the rules of etiquette and preparing for a festive occasion.

6 September to 1 March 2015

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Promotie restaurant La RIve

Speciaal voor jullie fijn proevende gasten, hebben wij op zondag t/m donderdag avond een paar mooie tafels gereserveerd in restaurant La Rive, om de sensatie van ons nieuwe menu te ervaren.
Voor elke 10 gasten die jullie bij restaurant La Rive reserveren hebben bij een leuke attentie klaarliggen.
Wij ontvangen jullie gasten met een welkomstdrankje in de A-bar, daarna zullen de gasten het nieuwe menu gaan ervaren in Restaurant La Rive. Aan het einde van het diner verzorgen wij een taxi voor jullie gasten terug naar jullie hotel.

Graag de reservering doorgeven aan Aad, Duncan of Peter op 020-5203533
Wij zien de reserveringen heel graag tegemoet.

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BRAZILIANS TRAVELERS TO HOLLAND

Exclusively for Brazilian travelers to Holland, Marcos Kosma launched his own website  where he is available to meet and accompany these travelers in their native language . With over 20 years in the field of tourism and hospitality, Marcos Kosma can make the trip of your guests something simply unforgettable.

Contact:  marcoskosma@gmail.com    of    06-39466557

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GOOD REASON TO BE IN AMSTERDAM IN AUGUST – CLASSIC MUSIC ON THE CANALS

If you are planning to visit Amsterdam in summertime, make sure you catch the magnificent Grachtenfestival (Canal Festival) from 15 to 24 August 2014. The historic city centre of Amsterdam, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2010, hosts the ten-day festival of classical music at numerous unique locations.

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HISTORICAL TOUR THROUGH AMSTEL HOTEL

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EENMAAL – People dining alone

This month sees the opening of Eenmaal, a temporary restaurant in Amsterdam that claims to be the world’s first restaurant catering purely to solo diners. No couples, no families, no groups of chattering friends allowed. Sleek, Ikea-style black desks/tables are dotted around the studiously sparse, industrial-chic space. There’s a fixed €35 (£29) four-course menu including cocktails and wine – at Eenmaal, it definitely pays to be on your tod. Marina Van Goor, its creator, has plans to bring the pop-up to London, Paris and other European cities. “I wanted to break the perception that eating out alone isn’t very attractive,” she explains. “Solitary dining can actually be an inspiring experience, because you get a chance to disconnect for a while in our hyper-connected world.” Read more.

Bos en lommerweg 361 – 0646355064

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RESTAURANT LA RIVE IS A GREAT OPTION FOR EASTER ACCORDING THE “I amsterdam”

“The clientele at the swanky InterContinental Amstel Hotel Amsterdam may be rock stars and royalty, but anyone can book at the Michelin-rated La Rive restaurant. Experience a crafted menu of French-Mediterranean cuisine with a restrained sprinkling of Middle Eastern and Asian flavours.slides_1

Restaurant La Rive – Professor Tulpplein 1 – 1018 GX Amsterdam
Open 7 days a week
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FOTO’S TENTOONSTELLING Prof. Mn. PIETER VAN VOLLENHOVEN IN HET RESTAURANT LA RIVE | AMSTEL HOTEL

 

Met zijn fotografie steunt de heer Van Vollenhoven het werk van het Fonds Slachtofferhulp. Vanaf vandaag is de expositie te zien in het Restaurant La Rive.

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“A BAR” ACTIVITIES – ENJOY DE BEST THINGS IN YOUR LIFE

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AMSTEL HOTEL EN DE WATERHEUVEL

Op vrijdag 14 februari 2014 bekrachtigen de directies van het Amstel Hotel en De Waterheuvel met hun handtekening de afspraken over een unieke samenwerking.
De Waterheuvel biedt Amsterdammers met een psychiatrische achtergrond de mogelijkheid om weer te bouwen aan een zinvol bestaan. Werk staat daarbij centraal. Als eerste werkgever in Amsterdam biedt het Amstel Hotel aan De Waterheuvel betaalde werkplekken voor mensen die -soms weer na lange tijd- voor het eerst aan de slag gaan. Door deze samenwerking wordt De Waterheuvel ook partner bij de ”IHG Academy”, een internationaal door de hotels van de Intercontinental Hotel Group opgezet sociaal programma.
Nog niet in Nederland vertoond, maar beproefd concept!

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Back to the past

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Foto uit 1931 in het Amstel Hotel

 

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ANITA BOS PRESENTS THE ROYAL SUITE OF THE AMSTEL HOTEL

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MORE ABOUT THE ROYAL SUITE BY Mrs anita bos

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Mrs. ANITA BOS TELLING A BIT MORE ABOUT THE AMSTEL HOTEL

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THE “A BAR” BY SIMON DIFFORD

Simon Difford is de grootste Cocktailbar recensent ter wereld en naast zijn recensies heeft hij ook een hoop cocktail boeken geschreven die door vrijwel alle bartenders over de hele wereld wordt gezien als ”the bartenders guid bible”. Ook produceert Simon Difford cocktail bitters en likeuren. (Zoals de St. Germain Elderflower).

Op zijn website staat de recensie mbt de A-Bar en wij de prominente 2e plek uit 28 Cocktail bars in Amsterdam hebben gekregen! Way to go !!!

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AMSTEL HOTEL AND THE GREEN GLOBE

We live in a world with a fast growing population where it is imperative to produce food accordingly! We at the Intercontinental Amstel Hotel would like to focus more on a more durable, sustainable and organic solution! As a result we would like you to recommend the following restaurants and ways of living!

RESTAURANTS

Restaurant Dwars €€

Egelantiersstraat24, Amsterdam – 020 625 5306

  Restaurant De Kas €€€€

Kamerlingh Onneslaan3, Amsterdam – 020 462 4562

Restaurant De Waaghals €€
Frans Halsstraat29, Amsterdam – 020 679 9609

Restaurant De Bolhoed €€

Prinsengracht 60-62, 1015 DX Amsterdam – 020 626-1803

Restaurant Spelt €€

Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 5A  1017DB  Amsterdam – 020 420 7022

MARKTEN

Nieuwmarkt Za 09:00 – 17:00 uur

Noordermarkt Za 09:00 – 16:00 uur

 Pure Markt 

Iedere laatste zondag van de maand: 11:00 – 18:00 uur.

Park Frankendael Amsterdam en Amstelpark

WINKELS

 Earthwater

Lijnbaansgracht162-2, 1016 VX Amsterdam
Telefoonnummer 06 41 31 26 32

Superfood Center Amsterdam
ma t/m vr: 09:00 − 21:00 uur
za en zo: 09:00 − 17:00 uur
Eerste Rozendwarsstraat10, 1016 PC Amsterdam 020 489 7676
alle producten zijn biologisch

Culinaire Werkplaats
Fannius Scholtenstraat10 hs, 1051 EX Amsterdam
Telefoonnummer 06 54 64 65 76

Marqt

Utrechtsestraat 17
t. 020 – 8204285

Haarlemmerstraat 165
t. 020-8208792

Overtoom 21
t. 020-8208292

TRANSPORT

 Taxi-e   088 1004444

Marcus 020 659 9808

BOTEN

Classic Boat Tours 020 626 2466

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Keng Vichianrat wint Gouden Koksmuts 2014

Keng Vichianrat heeft de Gouden Koksmuts gewonnen. Op de eerste dag van de Horecava werd het NK Koks georganiseerd waarbij chef-koks hun best doen om de Gouden Koksmuts te veroveren. Vichiarant werkt in restaurant La Rive in het Amstel Hotel.

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LA RIVE RESTAURANT @ CONDÉ NAST TRAVELLER

La Rive at the InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam has the somewhat dubious privilege of being the restaurant most people will tell you is the best in the city. This not only means it has a lot to live up to, but that your fellow diners are likely to be members of tour groups, businessmen (yes, usually all men) and uneasy young couples out for that special occasion. Please read more…

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New Year’s Eve parties & events in Amsterdam

Celebrating the new year brings a fresh start full of opportunity, new leaves and blank slates. How will you celebrate? Amsterdam’s list of parties is as long as the Prinsengracht. Our guide to the best parties covers the mass-scale dance parties, costume shindigs, free-for-all family fun and quirky theme parties. See the complete program on Iamsterdam

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10 things you may like to know about the Dutch

  1. Lekker” (nice or tasty) and “gezellig” (cozy) are often used in the Dutch language! People often make an effort to make it “gezellig”and make sure that everything they make is “lekker”. !
  2. Drop” (liquorice) is probaly the most popular sweet! An average of 4 kilo per person per year is eaten.
  3. Haring” (herring) is a popular raw fish snack and is traditionally eaten hole hanging over the mouth holding it’s tail. haring
  4.  At home people have their dinner between 18-19 hours and in restaurants                 usually an hour later. As a result most restaurants kitchen will be closed after 22:30 hours.
  5. Marihuana is classified as a soft drug and legal to buy in small quantities. “Coffeshops” are special cafés where one can buy cigarettes filled with tabac and marihuana.
  6. When meeting friends and family of the opposite sex it is tradition to kiss 3 times on the cheek starting with the right cheek.
  7. When a baby is born, visitors are treated with a “beschuit met muisjes“, (biscuits with fruit flavored sprinkles) blue for a boy and pink for a girl.images
  8. Prostitution is a legal profession and is allowed behind shop windows in designated areas in practically every town in the country.
  9. Ice skating is one of most popular winter sport with the highlight (extreme weather conditions allowing), the “eleven town race”. In the Northern province of Friesland there are 11 towns wich are connected by canals and rivers. When these freeze over a race is held, the total number of kilometers is nearly 200 !
  10. Cycling is the nation way of transport with many people owning more then one bike.fietsen-578-1
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Christmas markets in Amsterdam

Ranging from pop-up events to regular Sunday markets and stalls lining the main tourist strip near Central Station, Amsterdam hosts a wide selection of smaller festive market activities every year. Check out I amsterdam’s selection of this year’s seasonal crop:

 

City centre festive shopping

Located at either end of the Leidsestraat, both Leidseplein and Koningsplein are home to various festive market stalls. The ice rink and food stands will be at Leidseplein until 5 January 2014. Amsterdam’s neighbourhood markets run throughout the seaosn and are a good bet for seasonal gifts and snacks.

Outside Amsterdam

One of the largest Christmas market events in the Netherlands is Christmas at Castle Keukenhof. Held from 11 to 15 December 2013, it’s a magical experience that will leave you fully prepared for the ultimate Christmas. Over in Lelystad, the Bataviawerf also get in the spirit with their Winter Evening on 13 December.

For those seeking an authentic Weihnachtsmarkt atmosphere without having to cross over into Germany, Limburg is home to a number of large Christmas markets, most notably in Maastrichtand Valkenburg.

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IT’S ALL ABOUT CHRISTMAS…

The Dutch kick off the holiday season with Sinterklaas, an age-old tradition complete with pepernoten (tasty mini cookies) and parades! Christmas Day is celebrated with good food and family fun and in between the city sparkles with bright lights, festive events, fun marketsdinner showsice-skating and snowy scenery – we hope!

Amsterdam rings in the New Year with fireworks, traditional oliebollen (deep-fried dough balls), events & parties and good cheer.

See the complete program on I amsterdam.

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CHRISTIAN DIOR OPENT IN DE PC

Het Franse modehuis Christian Dior opent in februari 2014 een winkel in Amsterdam.   Volgens verschillende modeblogs komt de winkel in de PC Hoofstraat.Het wordt dan de allereerste Dior-winkel van het land.

Ondanks dat de winkel pas in 2014 open zal gaan, wordt er al druk gezocht naar personeel. De eisen om in het chique modehuis aan de slag te kunnen, zijn niet kinderachtig. Zo moet je twee tot vijf jaar verkoop-ervaring hebben én een passie voor luxe. Verder moeten de toekomstige verkopers vloeiend Nederlands en Engels spreken, en is kennis van het Frans, Chinees en Russisch een pré.

 

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FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES

Hier is a fascinating article about Amsterdam, published by the New York Times, and sent to me by one of our dear guests.

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CAMPO DE’ FIORI

Na vele jaren ervaring te hebben opgedaan in o.a. restaurant Casa di David in Amsterdam en Utrecht, komen ze met een nieuw concept voor een nieuwe vestiging in Amsterdam: Campo de’ Fiori. Restaurant Campo de’ Fiori bevindt zich in hartje Amsterdam aan de Reguliersdwarsstraat 32, pal achter de Bloemenmarkt.

Din t/m zon van 16.00 – 23.00 uur |  Reguliersdwarsstraat 32  |    (020) 303 9500

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Emiel Kwekkeboom wint Prix Taittinger Benelux

Emiel Kwekkeboom heeft maandag 23 september in Rotterdam de 47e editie van de Prix Culinaire Le Taittinger Benelux gewonnen. Kwekkeboom, werkzaam in de keuken van sterrestaurant La Rive in Amsterdam, vertegenwoordigt Nederland 26 november tijdens de internationale wedstrijd in Parijs.

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Van Gogh Museum discovers new painting by Vincent van Gogh: Sunset at Montmajour

The Van Gogh Museum has discovered a new painting by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890): Sunset at Montmajour (1888).   Director Axel Rüger: “A discovery of this magnitude has never before occurred in the history of the Van Gogh Museum. It is already a rarity that a new painting can be added to Van Gogh’s oeuvre.”

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ORGANIC OPTIONS IN AMSTERDAM

Browse the list below for a selection of restaurants that offers organic and/or sustainable options for eating (in no particular order):

  1. Restaurant De Kas in Amsterdam’s Watergraafsmeer neighbourhood is all about pure ingredients, most of which have been grown in their own greenhouses, gardens, or farm. The exquisite menu focuses on unfussy preparation, so the ingredients shine. Expect only foods that are seasonal, mostly local, and sustainable grown or raised.
  2. Hemelse Modder prepares pure, honest and utterly delicious food, with a menu that changes occasionally to keep the focus on seasonality. Ingredients are organic and sustainable, sourced locally from the Amsterdam area as much as possible.
  3. Restaurant As may be hidden near one of Amsterdam’s business districts, but location isn’t everything. Sustainable and artisanal ingredients are beautifully prepared – homemade crusty bread, locally made pancetta with slow-roasted vegetables – and served in a former mod-church setting with chickens sometimes clucking in the back yard.
  4. The name of Restaurant Spelt refers to the ancient wheat that is naturally durable and delicious. And with that inspiration, the owners source naturally delicious products from the Netherlands, and focus on presenting pure, clean, Dutch flavours. A creamy soup made with homemade mustard and Dutch cream makes an excellent starter.
  5. At Burgermeester, you might have to look at a picture of the cows you are eating (hung artfully on the wall), but at least you know where your meat comes from. It’s top quality raised in the Netherlands, with lamb from Texel, and fish MSC-certified. Burgers are all available in slider (mini) size, too.
  6. Eating is art at Proef Amsterdam on the Westergasterrein, and organic, seasonal ingredients become the paint on a canvas in artful presentations ‘designed’ by Marije Vogelzang. The industrial space is made warmer with long wooden tables and wood cut outs on the walls.
  7. De Culinaire Werkplaats (The Culinary Workshop) is a novel cooking and eating experience located opposite Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek. It blends design, restaurant, and gallery to create contemporary vegetarian meals and snacks with a focus on pure, sustainable, and fair. That applies to prices, too: guests are asked to leave what they think is a fair amount for their meal.
  8. Meaning ‘from the market’, the name VandeMarkt says it all for this Amsterdam restaurant. The restaurant focuses on fresh, seasonal products to create sophisticated yet simple dishes that let the ingredients shine. There’s no a la carte menu, but instead several a range of fixed price menus.
  9. With typical Dutch candour, the folks at Beter & Leuk cafe in Oost tell guests to ‘stop eating s*&t and eat good food!’.  Thankfully, they also give you the option to do so with fresh dishes utilising organic, seasonal, and local produce. There is plenty of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free items on the menu.
  10. At restaurant Moes, the owners take sustainability seriously. Not only are the products mainly from the region and always in season, but the decorations also use reclaimed materials, such as tractor wheels, to stylish effect. Keep an eye out for special dinners, such as the Dinner of Unwanted Animals, which includes Schiphol Geese and racehorse.
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RESTAURANT CHOW

Another trendy restaurant opened it’s doors last week on the Rozengracht (across the road where Rembrandt used to live !   Restaurant Chow is initiated by Casper Reinders (Jimmy Woo, Rosa’s Cantina and Lion Noir) and serves Pan-Asian food which is a combination of Asian and Western cooking!

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Rijksmuseum presents Rembrandt exhibition in 2015

From 12 February 2015 to 17 May 2015, the Rijksmuseum will be presenting the exhibition Rembrandt: The Final YearsFor the first time in over twenty years, the Rijksmuseum will again be organising a Rembrandt exhibition, giving every generation the chance to renew its acquaintance with the great Master of the Golden Age. The paintings and drawings come from leading museums and private collections in Europe and the US.

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RECOMMENDED RESTAURANTS

Following the reviews of our guests, we are publishing our new list of the Recommended Restaurants in Amsterdam.

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Anne Frank House is in juli en augustus elke dag open van 9-22uur

Om de voorkomen dat lang voor de ingang moet worden gewacht, is het is beter om tickets on line te kopen! Dit kan tot drie maanden vooraf het bezoek worden gedaan!

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BEDDINGTON’S IS WEER OPEN

Bart van Lieshout voormalig eigenaar van restaurant Le Pescadou in Amstelveen heeft Beddington’s overgenomen! beddingtons49545_std

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JEWISH AMSTERDAM TOUR

The ‘Jewish Amsterdam Tour’ is operated by Naomi Koopmans, a Dutch/Israeli Jewish woman who was born and bred in the Netherlands. Naomi obtained her B.A. degree in General History and her M.A. degree in Religious Sciences at Tel Aviv University and has been active as a licensed tour guide since 1998 in Israel, Italy (Rome) and the Netherlands (Amsterdam). Her drive to set up this tour is grounded both in her personal background as in her professional course. ‘’Revealing the history of the Amsterdam Jewry is more than a job to me. It is part of my identity,’’ says Naomi Koopmans. During the tour, Naomi brings the Jewish history and present of Amsterdam to life.

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STRATEN VAN AMSTERDAM AT5: PROF TULPPLEIN & AMSTEL HOTEL

Een uitgebreide rondleiding door het Amstel Hotel. Van kamers tot het zwembad, niets is te gek.

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ZIN IN OOSTERSCHELDEKREEFT?

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OOSTERSCHELDEKREEFT NU IN HET AMSTEL HOTEL

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A DAY IN THE AMSTERDAM’S ZOO…

Wonderful pictures from Artis – Amsterdam Zoo

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THE MUIDERSLOT – REAL HISTORY

The imposing Muiderslot gives you a taste of real Dutch history. It is part of the Defence Line of Amsterdam and included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Its location at the former Zuiderzee, in the water-rich environments of the river Vecht is breathtaking.
The Muiderslot was built around 1285 by Count Floris V, an ally of the French Court and later of the British King Edward. While hunting with falcons one day in 1296, Floris was captured by his nobles and imprisoned in his own castle….

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MUSEUM VAN LOON

In the heart of the Amsterdam canal district lies Museum Van Loon, a magnificent private residence built in 1672 by the architect Adriaen Dortsman. The first resident was painter Ferdinand Bol, a pupil of Rembrandt. The interior of the house has remained largely intact during the last centuries and still evokes the splendor of the Golden Age. Open 11:00 – 17:00 – Closed on Tuesday – Keizersgracht 672.

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REMBRANDT ART MARKET

De Rembrandt Art Market is de opvolger van de Modern Art Market van de Stichting Kunstkring Thorbecke, die 27 jaar op het Thorbeckeplein en later op het Rembrandtplein wekelijks op iedere zondag een kunstmarkt organiseerde. De gezamelijke kunstenaars zijn nu verenigd in een nieuwe Stichting de Rembrandt Art Market.  Zondags 10:30 – 18:00 uur.

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