Western Tower (Westerkerk)
Westerkerk, the biggest church in Amsterdam, also boasts the tallest church tower in the city. The church was built in the Dutch Renaissance style and, since it was commissioned by the Amsterdam council at the time, the city arms are a recurring theme in the church. If you’re brave enough to climb the tower the ticket will set you back €7.
Monday – Friday: 10am – 3pm, Saturday: 11am – 3pm, Sunday: Closed
Right next door to Westerkerk is the famous Ann Frank’s House. Ann’s wartime diary ‘The Diary of a Young Girl’ chronicled her and her families’ time spent in hiding during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. You can visit the secret annex in which they stayed at The Ann Frank Museum and view documents and objects belonging to the family.
Monday – Friday: 9am – 9pm, Saturday: 9am – 10pm
T: +31 (0)20-5567100
Melkweg Concert Hall
The Melkweg (‘Milky Way’ in English) is a well-known Amsterdam club and music venue. The building, which is an old milking factory, was discovered by a group of artists in the 1970’s and has been run as a not for profit organisation ever since. The five rooms of the building host different events – from internationally famous DJs to popular Dutch artists – so there’s an eclectic mix on offer. There’s regular club nights are run throughout the week too, so there’s always entertainment to be found.
A former church converted into a rock temple and one of the most popular alternative music venues in Amsterdam. The cavernous interior can hold 1500 and international acts like The White Stripes and Queens of the Stone Age, have often had it fit to burst. DJ’s also play here. Noodlanding! (Emergency Landing!) on Thursday nights plays a mixture of rock, alternative and pop hits that get the crowds dancing.
Event times vary – check website for details
T: +31 20 6264521 E: [email protected]
Vondelpark is one of Amsterdam’s most popular green spaces where many go to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy city. The ‘city’s lung’ so to say. There’s also a selection of cafes and restaurants, a skate rental shop. Even if you don’t take advantage of any of these it’s still a great place to relax, barbecue and meet up with friends.
A secret little place called The Bunker where local, alternative music scenes meet up and do their stuff. Hidden in the foundation of the bridge in the middle of Vondelpark is a little door and through that door is Vondelbunker! You’ll find concerts from up and coming bands, art avents and exhibitions. As per the policy of foundation Schijnheilig, entry is always free.
Contact through their community page (coming soon!)
The Museumplein – or ‘Museum Square’ is the area in which three major Amsterdam museums are located – the Rijkmuseum, the Van Gough Museum and Stedelijk Museum – along with the concert hall Concertgebouw. The large space is also used for big events like festivals, celebrations and demonstrations.
The Rijksmuseum is the National museum of the Netherlands dedicated to arts and The museum boasts a collection of around one million pieces including masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Frans Hals. It’s the most visited museum in the Netherlands with over 2 million visitors every year.
Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm
T: +31 (0) 20 6747 000 E: [email protected]
There are 8 windmills in Amsterdam but this one’s particularly special because it’s a windmill and microbrewery in one! The organic microbrewery produces delicious brews and the majority of the beer never leaves the buildings so it’s fresh and eco-friendly – just how we like it! You can take a 30 minute tour which ends up in the tasting room with a cosy beer-hall feel, with bottles and dried hops lining the walls.
Monday – Sunday: 2pm – 8pm
T: +31(0)20 6228325 E: [email protected]
Rembrandt Square (or Rembrantplein in Dutch) is one of the four major squares in Amsterdam. Rembrandt, of course, being of the Netherlands’ most famous painters. You can visit his rather grand looking statue in the square. Two Russian sculptors have also made a replica of ‘The Night Watch,’ there too. It is a bit of a tourist trap but definitely worth a look for its historical value!