ANDY's TOUR OF AMSTERDAM
O’kay, let’s get some Amsterdam, facts and figures out of the way:727,095 Inhabitants Amsterdam, 1,268,908 Inhabitants Greater Amsterdam, 145 Nationalities, 400,000 Bicycles, 220,000 Trees, 600,000 Flowerbulbs in parks and public gardens, 28 Parks, 260 City trams, 21 Markets, 10,334 Shops, 165 Antique shops, 24 Diamand polishing factories, 165 Canals, 1,281 Bridges, 8 Wooden drawbridges, 70 Glass-toppes canal boats, 120 Pedal boats, 2,500 House boats, 6,800 16th, 17th and 18th century buildings, 726 Gablestones, 282 Statues and sculptures, 6 Windmills, 42 Museums, 141 Art galleries, 6,100 Animals at the Artis Zoo, 16,000 Concerts and theatrical performances, 40 Concerts and theatrical performances per day, 65 Theaters and concerthalls, 40 Cinema's, 1.402 Café's and bars, 36 Discotheque's, 755 Restaurants, 29,500 Hotelbeds, 6,851,000 Bednights by tourists from abroad and 17,568,000 Day visitors.
Does this give you an idea that there is something to do in Amsterdam, all the time!! It should.
The HOTEL IMPERIAL is located right in the center of the action. We are close to restaurants, museums, night life, theaters, movie theaters and much more. Here is a link to show you a few of the major spots that away you just outside our doors,REMBRANDTPLEIN/THOREBECKEPLEIN / VIJZELSTRAAT and just a short walk away is WATERLOOPLEIN . However, since we are located in the center of the Centrum downtown section, you can walk easily to many other attractions.
http://www.amsterdam.nl - get details of the arts, Amsterdam heritage, tourist information, business information and more.
http://www.visitamsterdam.nl - city and travel guide, events, local transport information, tips, and more.
http://www.amsterdamhotspots.nl - info on Amsterdam's favorite spots, with reviews from other visitors and accurate maps of Amsterdam city. Includes up-to-date agenda.
http://www.simplyamsterdam.nl - directory of sites and subjects of particular interest to visitors to Amsterdam
http://www.xs4all.nl/~ehautus/salsa-amsterdam.html - Salsa Dancing in Amsterdam news,concert listings;clubs and instructors
http://members.ams.chello.nl/r.kool/amsterdam - Amsterdam, Tales of the City with citylog, events, pictures, and lists of some favourite streets, bars, coffeeshops, restaurants, and shops.
http://www.channels.nl - take a real tour through Amsterdam, just get on a tram or walk around. Lots of info about hotels, restaurants, museums, galleries, bars and tourist information.
http://www.bmz.amsterdam.nl/adam/index_e.html - A virtual historical tour
http://www.cwi.nl/~steven/amsterdam.html - A guide to Amsterdam to print and take with you, covering: language, money, hotels, eating and drinking, transport, shopping, news, communications, places to see, and maps.
EVENT SCHEDULESTIME OUT’s list of current events.
SIMPLY AMSTERDAM’s list of current events.
VISIT AMSTERDAM's searchable website for events
Holland Museum directory by Netherlands Board of Tourism- searchable by regions, type or collections. It also has virtual rooms.
RIJKSMUSEUM - major museum of Western European painting and decorative arts. Includes an extensive collection of Dutch masters.
Van Gogh Museum - With more than 200 paintings and almost 500 drawings, the Van Gogh Museum maintains the largest and most varied Van Gogh collection in the world.
REMBRANDTHUIS - located in the house where Rembrandt lived and worked from 1639 till 1658. The museum shows an almost complete collection of Rembrandt's etchings and prints.
Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art - is the most important museum of modern and contemporary art in The Netherlands.
Anne Frank - official site of the modern-day museum to Anne Frank, who spent two years in hiding while she wrote her diary in the house.
Electric Ladyland - First Museum of Flurescent Art - including participatory art as well as permanent displays.
Amsterdam Historical Museum - The collection consists of paintings, prints, marquettes, objects and archeological finds and shows how Amsterdam grew from a small medieval town to a world famous centre.
Computer Museum - The collection includes technical and scientific computing equipment from the sixties to the present day including commercial equipment, experimental machines and machines built for specific scientific purposes.
Filmmuseum - As a national center for cinematography the museum aims to promote a lively Dutch film culture, by the collection, restoration and screening of film treasures. Also presents new films, both Dutch and foreign art films.
Jewish Historical Museum -
The central motif of the permanent collection is the religion, culture, and
history of the Jews in the Netherlands.
The Allard Pierson Museum - The archaeological museum of the University of Amsterdam. The nucleus of its collection are the collections of C.W. Lunsingh Scheurleer, Van Leer, Six, and Van Lier.
The Netherlands Maritime Museum - Housed in the National Naval Depot, a former arsenal of the Dutch Navy that is over 300 years old. The collection tells the story of the maritime past of the Netherlands.
Tramway Museum - Volunteer museum that offers rides in vintage cars. The trams run along a former railway track along the Amsterdam Forest.
Zoological Museum - The museum curates more than 13 million specimens with special focus on South East Asian and South American fauna, and marine fauna.
De Appel, center for contemporary art - Provides space to well-known and lesser known artists for projects, installations and research.
http://www.diningcity.nl - lists restaurants that have websites by location, price and food
http://www.specialbite.com - restaurant listings with reviews listed by cuisine, location, specialty, and more.
http://www.fortunecity.com/oasis/andes/84/amstrest.htm - a reasonably good lists of restaurants with ratings by food quality, ambiance and price.
Amsterdam has some 225 venues in total, including over seventy theatres and concert halls. Approximately 19,000 stage, music, opera, dance, cabaret etc. performances are given each year. The main theatres are the Muziektheater (music theatre) with the Het Nationale Ballet (National Ballet) and Nederlands Opera (Dutch Opera) as regular performers, the Stadsschouwburg and the Koninklijk Thater Carré. The Concertgebouw is the home of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Akhnaton , Centre for world cultureAkhnaton is a free venue for the cultural heritage of migrant youths.
Bellevue/Nieuwe de la MarTheatre and ballet
ConcertgebouwHome of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (principal conductor: Ricardo Chailly)
MelkwegVenue for pop music and world music, also gallery, cinema and theatre. the National Ballet .
Nes theatresThe Nes is a street with four theatres: the Cosmic, the Engelenbak, the Frascati and the Vlaams Cultureel Centrum Brakke Grond (Flemish cultural centre).
Trust theatreHome of the Toneelgroep de Trust (Trust theatre group).
Current programme and ticket sales - Amsterdam ticket agency
PLACES TO DANCE
I'm listing only a few popular ones of the many places in town. I will keep adding though as I check them out. Have Fun! Let me know how your night went by emailing ANDY T.
Partypeople Source for anything cool going on in Amsterdam's nightlife & dance-scene.
Dance Events Good site to inform you of the places and events to dance in Amsterdam and the surrounding cities.
Night Dance is an International party site about clubs, discos, parties and more.
Love2Party party previews and reviews near Rotterdam
DAM SQUARE AREA
TIME Nieuwenzijds Voorburgwal 163-165. Home of the Fusion@Time club for D&B. Usually open till very late.
IQ Nieuwenzijds Voorburgwal 162. A big lounge, by the same owner of the Supper Club and More. Will have Amsterdams first Oxygen bar. Opens in March 2001.
Café Vaaghuyzen Nieuwe Nieuwstraat 17. A modern dance café, located in the center of Amsterdam, near the railway station. Music every day of the week, presented by DJs of all flavors. Acapulco Nights, mondays from 20.00 till 01.00. Casino, Champagne, Cocktails.
Paradiso Weteringschans 6-8. One of the major dance and event places in Amsterdam. On Friday (Paradisco) and Saturday (VIP club) night always crowded. Sometimes famous DJ's. Also, live bands. Long lines so come early. You have to buy your tickets in advance.
Club Suf Klein gartmanplantsoen 7-9 (the Kring). Authentic underground night every last Saturday of the month.
Awakenings Regular parties in the Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, Holland
Escape Rembrandtplein 11. Only, absolutely only on Chemistry nights and even then a bit too...well. Crowded, young but good music. A fact in the Dutch nightlife since 1987. Exclusive parties, music, light and decoration: all faces of a progressive club venue. For young adults who see themselves in a multi media environment, existing of modern dancemusic, hi-tech lighting, eye caressing visuals and internet.
Disco iT Famous for its gay orientation and Madhouse nights with DJ Jean. But still check out the other venues for an interesting time.
Mazzo Mazzo, the oldest club of Amsterdam. A variety of venues to keep you going. The dance club's regularly updated (flash)site around a changing theme, complete program on the site.
Sinners Wagenstraat 3,a little street just of the square, next to Escape. Their venue is mostly R&B and they love to party. Especially on friday, upper dance floor.
OTHER AREAS IN AMSTERDAM
Kremlin Located in Marcanti Plaza. Resident DJ's play their favorites.
Maloe Melo LIve Blues cafe with music every night.
Music Cafe Meander Live Music venues include: jazz, dance, soul, disco, funk, triphop and salsa.
EVENTS IN AMSTERDAM
So, you are wondering what to do in Amsterdam. As if that would be a problem with so much happening all the time; and with such a wide variety of venues! But, there are some planned events that will happen. I put them in categories and by dates. The first web address will give you the information about type and dates in English and the http: address will direct you to the Dutch websites. Have Fun! Let me know how they are by emailing ANDY T.