Located across the IJ River in Amsterdam’s undiscovered north, the NDSM Wharf remained a forgotten wasteland for years, left abandoned after the decline of the ship building industry that prospered emphatically for the best part of the 20th century. Invaded by squatters and a collective group of artists, this derelict space slowly began to change shape, replacing industry with creativity to become the striking setting of cultural prowess that exists today.

Unique Shops in Unique Amsterdam

Amsterdam is known for some wicked things but trust me, there is more to Amsterdam than that, much more! Shopping! Yes, that is one of my favourite things in Amsterdam and that is the reason why I have selected some of the funniest, unique stores to visit while in these beautiful city in Northern Europe. Dutch people do not wear wooden shoes but they do have some pretty special shops that reflect their personalities very well.

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam – An art genius ahead of his time

Visit one of Amsterdam’s most popular attractions and see the work of one of Holland’s most famous individuals and artists. Located at the Museum Square the Van Gogh Museum, which has the world’s largest collection of Vincent van Gogh’s work, makes for a nice outing even if you’re not an art lover.

Rembrandt House Museum – Go back in time with Rembrandt

Step back into history and experience how Rembrandt and 17th century Amsterdam lived. See Rembrandt’s paintings, drawings and etchings and watch how he mixed his paints and made his etchings. Located in the old city centre this is a reconstruction of the famous Dutch painters house and not the place to see his masterpieces. All in all it makes an interesting and educational outing for all ages.

Hortus Botanicus – Amsterdam’s answer to botanical bliss

Experience tranquil surroundings in the heart of the busy city centre. Located in the Plantage district Hortus Botanicus is a great outing for all ages and includes a three-climate greenhouse and a butterfly greenhouse. For a more impressive and picture perfect outing we recommend a summer visit when the garden is in full bloom.

The Albert Cuyp Market

Known as Amsterdam’s biggest street market the Albert Cuyp Market is a buzzing market located in the Old Pijp area. Selling your typical market products - fresh produce, clothes, flowers and foods - it’s probably nothing different to your local market back home but it does make for a great few hours browsing the stalls, mixing with the locals and trying some of the fantastic freshly made food.

Pathé Tuschinski, Amsterdam

Whilst our Amsterdam self-catering holiday apartments are designed with your comfort in mind and usually fitted with televisions and wireless internet, don’t forget to check out Amsterdam’s many entertainment options close by. Our favourite haunt has to be the city’s spectacular Pathé Tuschinski Cinema.

The Amsterdam Arena – More than an Impressive Football Stadium – A New Town in Amsterdam

If you fancy a taste of the real new modern Amsterdam displaying a beautiful new style of architecture combined with the sensation of being in a futuristic micro-city within an old city, then you should certainly visit the Amsterdam Arena. Here you will have the chance to do a whole range of fun activities, from watching the Dutch national team or Ajax Amsterdam play football in a stunning stadium, to listen to some great live gigs in the nearby Heineken Music Hall or to simply go to a grandiose mall for shopping or film watching.

The Amsterdam Red Light District – Freedom at Its Best

Displaying a free spirited atmosphere in a beautiful old neighbourhood in Amsterdam, the Red Light District offers a voyeuristic and hedonistic experience which will enchant you instantly. The district boasts of lovely canals, majestic buildings, and a culture of freedom illustrated through its inviting dreamy coffee shops, and the lovely working ladies.

Trouw Amsterdam

This former newspaper office turned into a cultural highlight of Amsterdam is an absolute must visit during your stay in the Dutch Capital. The grand building used to serve as a publishing factory for one of the most leading newspapers in the Netherlands. This fact will strike you as obvious when entering Trouw; in the basement you still find some old newspaper presses left behind and the industrial atmosphere of the building is exquisitely combined with stylish decoration.

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