The studio is conveniently situated within walking distance from the heart of the city-centre and is very well connected too in terms of trams busses, etcetera. There’s a “Hop on Hop Off” bus stop nearby.
Cross just one bridge and you are walking along the famous Amsterdam canals, the Jordaan with it’s cosy boutiques and numerous nice shops, restaurants, cafes and the hip and trendy ‘Nine little Streets‘ are nearby.
On walking distance you’ll find the Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum, Van Goghmuseum, Stedeljik Museum, Vondelpark, the Leidsesquare, Concert Gebouw, , Red Light District, , Amsterdam Dungeon, Madame Tussauds, Heineken Experience and Dam Square.
Explore Dutch Art, from the Old Masters to Mondriaan
Dozens of Amsterdam museums are devoted to the fine arts, which the Netherlands has pioneered for centuries. Rembrandt, a household name, has his own dedicated museum, the Rembrandt House Museum (Museum het Rembrandthuis), whose restored interior reproduces the atmosphere of the artist’s former residence. But it’s the Rijksmuseum, one of Amsterdam’s top museums, where his classic De Nachtwacht resides, beside thousands of invaluable masterworks across the scope of Dutch art history.
Amsterdam promises just as much for lovers of modern art: its most-visited museum, the Van Gogh Museum, is a tribute to the post-impressionist painter whose inventive technique and sympathetic subject matter has earned him countless admirers. The Stedelijk Museum, recently re-opened for another temporary exhibit despite its renovation, is another can’t-miss destination for modern art enthusiasts; its Erezaal (“Hall of Honor”) is bedecked with classic canvases from Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, Yves Klein and other celebrated artists.
Remember Anne Frank and the Dutch World War II Experience?
The Netherlands was not exempt from the horrors of World War II, and its memory remains in the minds of all those who experienced it. World War II memorials like the Dutch National Monument, the Homomonument and others commemorate the victims of this war, and three spectacular museums are devoted in whole or in part to this period.
The Anne Frank House is one such museum, where visitors can explore the “secret annex” where Anne hid for years with her parents, sister and three others as she composed her famous diary. Even the Gestapo soldiers who found them could scarcely believe the cramped existence lived out in these clandestine rooms. Brave individuals like the couple who harbored the Franks were part of the Dutch Resistance movement, and to them a museum is also dedicated: the Verzetsmuseum, voted the best historical museum in the Netherlands, which documents the tireless attempts of the resistance members to thwart the Nazis. The Jewish Historical Museum, too, retells how the Holocaust devastated Jewish communities in the Netherlands, and how these communities have rebuilt themselves in its wake. Few visitors are left unmoved by the powerful exhibits at these museums
Nieuwe Kerk (New Church)
A profile of the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), a medieval Gothic church that now serves as a popular exhibition space
Oude Kerk (Old Church)
Once a modest wooden chapel, the Oude Kerk (Old Church) is now an icon of Amsterdam and a top attraction to visit.
The Begijnhof (or béguinage) is an inner court with some of Amsterdam’s most historic townhouses, where a lay Catholic sisterhood once served God without the strict demands of nunnery life.
Stop and Smell the Flowers
Tulips and other bulb flowers are the pride of the Netherlands, and nowhere is this more evident than at Keukenhof, the world-famous bulb flower park in Lisse (35 to 40 minutes by bus from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol). Stroll past rows upon rows of vibrantly-hued tulips in this outdoor wonderland, where flower lovers come from far and wide to admire the seasonal blooms.
Can’t make it for tulip season? Don’t despair; there are other flowers year round! The Amsterdam Tulip Museum is a temple to the Netherlands’ favorite flower, with exhibits that show off its manifold breeds, and revisit the cultural history of the tulip in the Netherlands, from “tulipmania” to the present. The Bloemenmarkt, or Flower Market, is a complex of stalls that float atop a canal for an utterly unique experience; here, specially packed tulip and other bulbs are available for international tourists to take safely back to their home country. There’s also the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam, whose flower and plant exhibits are sure to please any botanically-inclined visitor.
Explore De Wallen
Take a stroll in De Wallen, Amsterdam’s red light district, to see what all the fuss is about … and learn that there’s more to this fabled district than the sex tourism it attracts. The red-lit windows where sex workers primp are often attached to historic townhouses, and monumental architecture abounds in this sliver of the city. The Oude Kerk (Old Church), established in 1306, presides over its own square, while Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder (“Our Lord in the Attic” Museum), a former clandestine church sequestered in a townhouse attic, testifies to a time when Catholic worship was forbidden — before the Netherlands became known worldwide as a beacon of tolerance. De Wallen is also home to a number of fine restaurants, and just a stone’s throw from the diverse eateries of Amsterdam Chinatown.
Hop on a Bicycle
Just about everyone cycles in Amsterdam, and not just for fun: 50% of Amsterdammers use their bikes daily, and rush hour bike lanes teem with office workers in suits, students headed to class, and parents with tots piled onto children’s seats. Join the locals for a taste of this daily ritual, and discover the city on its favorite means of transport.
Around the corner from the studio you can rent a bike to explore the city in a typical Amsterdam style for yourself.
Captain your own electric canal boat
At the beginning of our street (50 mtr) you can rent an electric boat and explore the beautiful canals for yourself alternatively there are many boat cruises (day and night) also nearby.
In 1949, the Mayor of Lisse joined forces with a number of flower bulb growers to organise the very first flower exhibition. It soon developed into an annual event. Every spring, Keukenhof now attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from across the world for the most beautiful and flower-packed day out.
Zaanse Schans is the Netherlands in a nutshell: a town of traditional Dutch crafts and architecture, with six windmills, a wooden shoe workshop, a cheese farm and more. Some think it’s an open-air museum, but actually, Zaanse Schans is simply a town full of extraordinarily well preserved architecture and traditions