Historic Central Amsterdam
Art & culture
Everything of interest in Amsterdam is within one mile radius of the Korenbloemen apartment, including the main museums. So, that’s a short walk or hop on the tram for a few stops.
If you wish to avoid queuing, then order your tickets online prior to your arrival through Ticketbar.
Het Grachtenhuis - The Canalside House
Het Grachtenhuis is a brand new museum located in one of the most beautiful canal houses of Amsterdam: ‘The Canalside House.’ Het Grachtenhuis shows you the spectacular city development of the 17th-century: the canal ring of Amsterdam. Buy tickets online on the museum’s website as visitor numbers are limited.
Onze Lieve Heer op Zolder
Museum Amstelkring – ‘Our Lord in the Attic’ is a secret catholic church hidden in the attic of a 17th century canal house, built at a time catholicism was illegal in Holland. Strongly recommended!
Just minutes from your apartment you can enjoy etches by Rembrandt in his former house. The house itself has been brought back to its original state from when Rembrandt lived and painted there.
This is the annex to the St. Peterburg Hermitage. Located in a former nursing home for over three hundred years.
The concert hall, built in 1888 and funded by a group of wealthy Amsterdammers, is world renowned for its acoustics. The Concertgebouw offers a music packed program of as much as 650 concerts a year. Enjoy the Concertgebouw Orchestra, other Dutch orchestras or international soloists and divas. There are regular free lunch concerts: most Wednesdays at 12:30 PM. Be sure to be there well in advance, as it can get busy.
City Archives (Stadsarchief)
The city archives of Amsterdam: nice pictures, old letters and the treasures of the city presented in the safe of the former bank, which was built by architect De Bazel in an amazing art deco style. The building reflects the wealth brought to the Netherlands by its colonies. Also houses a nice cafe ‘de Bazel’ and an excellent bookshop with books about Amsterdam (historic and contemporary Amsterdam).
Tuschinski Movie Theater
One of the most beautiful movie theaters in the world. Take the VIP special in Thuschinski One and enjoy this art-deco miracle in style. Watch out for the Live Opera from the Met, with indeed a live connection with the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The theatre is decorated with with acres of art-deco murals, silk wall-hangings and tropical wood inlay. There are an astonishing nine hundred art nouveau lamps of stained glass and bronze, furniture designed for the lounges of ocean liners as well as hand-knotted carpeting and a theater organ with 5,000 pipes (Wurlitzer).
This church just behind the house: you’ll hear the bells from time to time. You can climb the tower in summer from Wednesday – Saturday from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. At the top of the tower you can go outside and enjoy a view of the city.
Recently reopened after an extensive renovation. The museum offers an overview of the Dutch naval history.
Anne Frank House
The Anne Frank Huis is one you should not miss: this Museum is dedicated to Anne Frank, who hid from Nazi persecution with her family for two years in hidden rooms at the rear of the canal house along the Prinsengracht.
18th century horticultural garden with trees and plants brought here from all over the world ever since the 17th century. Just a 5 minute walk from your apartment and nice quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city.
This Italian style renaissance building was originally built as the town hall. It is a bit oversized compared to the rest of the buildings in the city. This is where queen Beatrix throws state banquets, even though it is not her residence.
It is the place where King Willem Alexander married his Maxima on 2-2-2002. There are regular exhibitions at the Nieuwe Kerk.
Natura Artis Magistra - Royal Amsterdam Zoo
Established in 1838 as the Royal Zoological Society. In recent years, the zoo has undergone considerable renovation and modernization. Artis includes an aquarium, planetarium, geological museum and botanical gardens.
Beurs van Berlage
Built as an early 20th century trade market by the well known architect Berlage. Now it is a concert hall and exhibition building.
A number of houses down from your Korenbloemen apartment. Nice local café with jazz sessions on late Sunday afternoons.
Popular English language comedy show on Dutch (and other) culture. You can have dinner prior to the show. Make sure to make a reservation.