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Weekend Breaks to Amsterdam

Planning a short break to Amsterdam? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Amsterdam. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Amsterdam. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Van Gogh Museum

Paulus Potterstraat 7, Amsterdam. The world's largest collection of works by van Gogh is housed in this museum. The collection includes paintings drawings as well as letters spanning his early years, through his impressionist years in Paris to his last years in St. Remy.

Works by some of Van Gogh's contemporaries and friends like Gauguin and Toulouse-Lautrec and some older artists whom he admired are also displayed. The museum regularly have exhibitions highlighting art toward the end of the 19th century.

Open Mon to Sun 10 am to 5 pm. Nearest Train - Hobbemastraat - tram 2, 5 & 20.

For more information visit - www.vangoghmuseum.nl/

d'Vijff Vlieghen

Spuistraat 294-302, Amsterdam. This famous restaurant is located near the city centre and close to the busy shopping streets like Kalverstraat and Leidsestraat. The Vijff Vlieghen spans five authentic 17th-century buildings and consists of various dining rooms, each with its own unique atmosphere and background. A wonderful combination of traditional Dutch cooking presented as "New Dutch Cuisine" promises a splendid meal. But be warned, the price reflects this quality. You will also have a choice of a vegetarian set menu and a three-course seasonal set menu. Nearest Train - Spui - tram 1, 2 & 5.

Please visit: www.d-vijffvlieghen.com/

Anne Frank Huis

Prinsengracht 263, Amsterdam. This is the house where Anne Frank and her family went into hiding on July 6, 1942 during the Nazi occupation, where they lived in isolation for more that two years. All the furniture were removed when the occupants were detained in 1944, but films and other media, including the diary of Anne, give you a fascinating insight into what life was like. The museum also displays information the 100,000 Dutch Jews who died during the Holocaust. The museum is open daily from 9 am to 7 pm during the months of September to March and from 9 am to 9 pm during the months of April to August. Admission for adults is EUR5.70, children between 10-17 pay EUR2.30 and for ages 9 and under admission is free. Nearest Train - Westermarkt - tram 13, 14, 17 & 20.

Please go to: www.annefrank.nl

Holland Festival

If you happen to visit Amsterdam in June, be sure to part in this festival which takes place annually. It's a celebration of contemporary theater and different genres of music including classical, contemporary and pop. Opera and dance performances take place in various theaters and concert halls, throughout the city. The festival has been operating since 1947 and features established artists as well as lesser-known performers. Tickets can be purchased at Stadsschouwburg which is the festival's cultural center. Visit the Web site for the program specifics and tickets - www.hollandfestival.nl/.

Artis Zoo

Plantage Kerklaan 38-40, Amsterdam. Take the kids for a stroll via the winding paths through the majestic trees and the historical buildings of Artis. The zoo houses more than 8,000 animals species from the Netherlands as well as from all over the world. Artis is also a beautiful botanical which houses the Zoological Museum and the Geological Museum on the property. Be sure to also visit the very sophisticated Planetarium and the recently renovated Aquarium. Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm in the winter and from 9 am to 6 pm in summer. Admission is EUR12.90 for adults, EUR9.70 for children 4-11 and EUR11.70 for seniors.

For more info: www.artis.nl

Canal Bike

This is the most relaxing way of taking in all the wonderful sights of this city. It gives you an opportunity to view and experience the city from a different angle. Cross over its various bridges, take in the daily life and soak up the lively atmosphere of the city. The numerous canals provide an alternative route to enjoy Amsterdam's lovely canal-side houses. With Canal Bike you can to decide on your own route through town and sightsee at your own pace and leisure.

Go visit www.canal.nl/

The Grand Amsterdam

Oudezijds Voorburgwal 197, Amsterdam. The Grand is set along one of the city's most picturesque canals, just a block away from the famous Dam Square and only twenty minutes from Schiphol International Airport. Ideally located in the heart of Amsterdam's historic center, this five-star deluxe hotel boasts a rich architectural legacy. The buildings, now occupied by The Grand Amsterdam were constructed in the 14th century as one of the most important nunneries in the city, the Convent of St. Cecilia and St. Catherine. The Guest rooms have modern features like computer/fax outlets, and The Spa offers relaxing steam baths. The Grand has its own flower shop, and the culinary expertise of chef Albert Roux makes a visit to Cafe Roux a mouth watering experience.

For more info go to www.thegrand.nl/

The Coffee Company

Eerste Van der Helststraat 62, Amsterdam. It has a number of branches in town, but this is the best one. Open at 8am, The Coffee Company brews coffee for all tastes and serves delicious sandwiches for breakfast and lunch. Really good espresso, cappuccino or hot chocolate is served at long wooden tables. In summertime you can sit outside on the small terrace. Nearest Train - Albert Cuypstraat - tram 16, 24 & 25

Albert Cuypmarkt

This market, Amsterdam's largest and busiest daily market , is situated near the famous former Heineken brewery. You can buy anything here from fresh fish to fresh fruit and fabric to footwear. Be sure to try the traditional Dutch delicacy of herring with onions and pickles. You will also find various exotic foods and herbs on display, stocked by and for the non-Dutch community. Prices are generally low but make sure you get value for money. A visit to this market will give you a taste of real multi-cultural Amsterdam street life. Nearest Train - Albert Cuypstraat/Ferdinand Bolstraat - tram 16, 20, 24 & 25.

Heineken Experience

Stadthouderskade 78, Amsterdam. A visit to this historic brewery is a must for any beer lover. The tour takes you on a walk through a re-created street from the late nineteenth century, when the brewery was a small, family-owned business, to a visit to the old brewhouse which dates back to 1913.

There are rooms with a variety of multi-media entertainment and video monitors describing the brewing process. You will visit rooms that once served as aging cellars and a visit to the Brewhouse Bar and the See You Again Bar will give you the opportunity to taste the real thing.

The facility is open from 10 am to 6 pm, daily except Mondays, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day and admission is EUR7.50. From Central Station, take tram number 16, 24, or 25 to the Heinekenplein stop.

Visit www.heinekenexperience.com

User Suggestions

Louis Bar Cafe de Dam

Smallest bar in Amsterdam - always get a warm welcome from Louis and his staff. Located close to Dam Square. Try a Jenever or two.

GroenLicht GreenLight

LIGHT PROJECTIONS IN THE HEART OF AMSTERDAM A new metro line is being built opposite Victoria Hotel Amsterdam, the North/South line. The walls of a giant caisson still protrude from the ground. In two months time it will vanish beneath the Damrak. In the meantime DRAWINGS by 16 artists are being projected every night onto a projection surface of 8 x 12 metres. Artworks which surprise, inspire or raise questions. Black and white bathed in GREEN LIGHT. The icing on the capital’s cake. From dusk till dawn. GroenLicht/GreenLight. Concept: Michiel Huijsman. Location: Damrak opposite Victoria Hotel Amsterdam. Visible: daily from approx. 10 pm to 5.30 am. Dates: 8 August – 25 September, 2005. Commissioned by: Projectbureau Noord/Zuidlijn. Participating parties: Victoria Hotel Amsterdam, Dienst Infrastructuur Verkeer en Vervoer, Wally public artificial light. Text: Kempowski Translation: Annabel Howland

Louis Bar - Cafe de Dam

The best and coziest pub in central Amsterdam (Dam Square). I've known Louis for 15 years and have a specail place in my heart for his pub, for Louis and his great staff. It's small, but don't let the size deceive you. It has people from all over the world stopping by. And the large picture window allows you to people watch. I've made many good friends in Amsterdam at Louis Bar. Was there in August and it was a blast. Louis, Sarah and others provide a lively, entertaining environment. If you're going to Amsterdam, go to Louis Bar (located at Damstraat 4).

House of Bols - Tourist Attraction

The House of Bols Cocktail & Genever Experience is an interactive adventure that takes you into the glamorous world of cocktails and bartending, spiced up with the history of the world’s oldest distilled liquor brand, Bols, established in Amsterdam in 1575. At House of Bols you’ll explore all your senses and learn to “taste” a delicious cocktail of your choice with your nose, your hands, your eyes, your ears, and naturally your mouth. You’ll be wowed by the spectacular design, colours, sounds and images, learn to slurp traditional Dutch Genever, lounge in a 280-degree night club, discover what links Rembrandt and Lucas Bols, and film yourself as a bartender! In short, you’ll enjoy a mix of tradition and modern trends and drink a heavenly cocktail in House of Bols’ revolutionary cocktail bar for only €10 (min. age 18 yrs). Address: Paulus Potterstraat 14, Amsterdam (opposite the Van Gogh Museum). Visit www.houseofbols.com

Louis Bar Cafe de Dam - Bar or Club

This has got to be a stop for any thirsty traveller visiting Amsterdam whether it's your first visit or your fiftieth visit. I've been visiting Amsterdam for over 30 years and have only recently discovered this marvellous little bar but it's now a favourite stopping place. Not only is it the smallest bar in town, but the mystical land of Narnia lies beyond the door in the corner! I would highly recommend this bar to anyone looking for a welcoming smile and a Gezelligheid atmospehere!

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