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Amsterdam and region - the insider guide

Heritage Park Batavialand.
Heritage Park Batavialand. / SUR
  • Where to stay, what to do and eat to best experience Golden Age Amsterdam

STAY:

Mr. Jordaan Hotel - Amsterdam

Cosy, friendly and stylish hotel in Amsterdam's Unesco World Heritage canal district. This renovated 17th-century canal house offers on-trend accommodation with some rooms in the loft, others with canal views. The hotel is fashionably off the main tourist trail, and found on Bloemgracht, a peaceful, historic canal just off the Prinsengracht. The story goes that the owner used to offer his sofa for travelling friends. Mr Jordaan's sofa "turned into a room, which turned into two, which expanded into a full floor, then into more floors until even the house next door gave in to the hospitable spirit of our Mr. Jordaan".

QO Amsterdam

A new hotel, 10 minutes south from Central Station, built on the ethos of responsible hospitality. Smart, stylish rooms featuring natural materials; within a building that innovatively combines the hotel with work spaces to bring the local community into the building.

Hotel Mr. Jordaan.

Hotel Mr. Jordaan. / SUR

Vesting Hotel - Naarden

On the main street in Naarden, this relaxed, simple hotel is within an historic gabled building, offering comfortable rooms and a generous breakfast.

EAT:

Restaurant Acquavite - Naarden

Smart restaurant within the city's former Promers barracks - with tables set within the historic building, and outside on the garden terrace. Contemporary Dutch cuisine served by friendly, English-speaking team.

The Vesting Lounge - Naarden

Trendy lounge bar in the Vesting hotel offering snacks, salads, wraps and burgers.

Fort H - Muiden

Restaurant and wine bar with beautiful garden terrace; good choice for a summer lunch.

Bier Fabriek - Almere

If you're heading to the Oostvaardersplassen nature safari, then the nearby town of Almere is worth discovering. Take an architecture tour for more insights. For a relaxed and fun meal, the local Beer Factory is good value.

DO:

Vecht River Cruise - Maarssen

River Vecht.

River Vecht. / SUR

Take the train or bus to Maarssen and rent a crewed saloon boat and enjoy a leisurely journey along the river Vecht, passing historic country estates and through charming villages and towns such as Weesp.

Heritage Park Batavialand

Family fun is assured at this maritime museum and historical shipyard, full of fascinating and cool models and replicas including a full-size reconstruction of a Dutch Golden Age VOC trading ship Batavia which you can board. Here you can discover how they navigated with the stars and defended themselves from pirates.

Batavia Stad Fashion Outlet Village - New Land Flevoland

Batavia Stad Fashion Outlet Village is found in New Land Flevoland. It's one of the world's biggest land reclamation projects; they even have a museum dedicated to it. But shopping is probably more interesting! For designer rags for less, then make a beeline for this outlet village with more than 100 stores, offering some 250 brands.

Muiderslot Amsterdam Castle - Muiden

Let 700 years of Dutch history come to life in this fairytale medieval castle with draw-bridge, towers, turrets and battlements, surrounded by beautiful gardens.

Oostvaardersplassen Nature Reserve

Oostvaardersplassen.

Oostvaardersplassen. / SUR

Within an hour from central Amsterdam, you could be on safari. Oostvaardersplassen is one of Europe's most interesting nature reserves; 56 square kilometres of protected nature, home to wetland birds, boxing bucks and sparring konik ponies. Guides offer 'safari'-style tours in electric buggies. Close to the new town of Almere which is of interest for its contemporary urban architecture.

Van Loon Museum - Amsterdam

This private palatial home built in 1672 by the architect Adriaen Dortsman is the most extraordinary way to become immersed in the splendour of the Dutch Golden Age.

TRAVEL:

Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket

To enjoy Amsterdam and its surroundings, the easiest way is to buy an integrated travel card. You can plan your visit and find out more on the Amsterdam visitors' site.