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ZuidoostAmsterdam

For big entertainment, visit this multicultural district, home of the Amsterdam ArenA, Heineken Music Hall and the forested Gaasperpark where you can enjoy watersports.

In Zuidoost, catch a headlining international act at Heineken Music Hall, go horseback riding, canoeing or sailing at Gaasperpark or watch a football game at the Amsterdam ArenA. Zuidoost (Southeastern) is one of the most multicultural districts in Amsterdam and has recently become a hub for shopping and entertainment.

During the 1960s, Zuidoost was the site for a trial development of modern high-rise apartments surrounded by parks and plenty of public space, a very different aesthetic from the historic crowding of 19th-century townhouses. However, its distance from the city center and its cheap real estate meant that it was largely populated by migrants. It became a sort of ghetto. Visit today to appreciate how reinvestment has rehabilitated the area, providing economic and living centers in the southeast, particularly along ArenA Boulevard.

Here find the Heineken Music Hall, where some of the best international acts, from Beyoncé to Radiohead, perform. Watch an IMAX movie at the Pathé cinema or cheer on the teams playing in the Netherlands’ largest football stadium, Amsterdam ArenA. Soccer aficionados can even take a 1-hour tour of the stadium.

Shoppers will love exploring Amsterdam’s largest market area, the open-air Amsterdamse Poort mall, open Monday to Saturday. On Mondays and Thursdays in the car park, mingle with the multicultural crowd and taste street food at the stalls of the fashion, electronics and farmers’ markets. Next to the Heineken Music Hall, find the huge center for interior design and furniture, Villa ArenA Woonmall.

The whole district has pockets of greenery and parkland, but the best for recreation and forest walks is the 410-acre (166-hectare) parkland surrounding the artificial lake Gaasperplas. In the Gaasperpark nature reserve, try horseback riding and watersports, such as canoeing, fishing and sailing. Typical for the Netherlands, there are many bicycle tracks. During summer, camp overnight in the park.

Time your visit to enjoy one of the festivals held regularly in Zuidoost in warmer months, showcasing everything from hip hop to jazz. Don’t miss the huge Kwaku festival which features football, performances by famed DJs and even literature awards.

Zuidoost is a 20-minute train ride from the center of Amsterdam.


Popular places to visit in Zuidoost

Johan Cruyff Arena
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Johan Cruyff Arena

4.5/5(280 reviews)

Catch an event at Johan Cruyff Arena and enjoy other activities in Amsterdam such as cycling.Experience the great live music and fascinating museums in this vibrant area.

ArenAPoort
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ArenAPoort

During your trip to Amsterdam, you can do some window-shopping at ArenAPoort. While in this trendy area, you can savour the top-notch restaurants.

Anne Frank House
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Anne Frank House

4.5/5(778 reviews)

See where this brave and famous Jewish teenager hid from the Nazis during World War II and recorded her world-famous diary.

Van Gogh Museum
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Van Gogh Museum

4.5/5(723 reviews)

This modern museum houses the world’s largest collection of the legendary Dutch master painter who led a troubled life and never saw his work become famous.

Dam Square
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Dam Square

4/5(2,088 reviews)

Amsterdam’s iconic square, with its cobbled stones and grand historical buildings, is a lively gathering place and venue for protests and celebrations.

Rijksmuseum
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Rijksmuseum

4.5/5(901 reviews)

This palatial building full of Dutch paintings and international artifacts is the country’s largest public-funded museum.

Top things to do in Zuidoost

Stadium Tour at Johan Cruijff ArenA
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Stadium Tour at Johan Cruijff ArenA

£14
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Amsterdam's Best Local Hotspots Private Tour with a Local
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Amsterdam's Best Local Hotspots Private Tour with a Local

£100
Per adult
Physical and mental Battle lesson at Optisport Health Club
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Physical and mental Battle lesson at Optisport Health Club

£9
Per adult
Swinging workout with Zumba lesson at Optisport Health Club
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Swinging workout with Zumba lesson at Optisport Health Club

£9
Per adult
High Intensity Interval Training at Optisport Health Club
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High Intensity Interval Training at Optisport Health Club

£9
Per adult
The Johan Cruijff Arena Stadium Amsterdam Bike Tour
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The Johan Cruijff Arena Stadium Amsterdam Bike Tour

£150
Per adult

Top hotels in Zuidoost

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Levell
Hotel Levell
3.5 out of 5
Hullenbergweg 353, Amsterdam
The price is £51 per night

Located in Zuidoost, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Johan Cruyff Arena, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Heineken Experience and Rijksmuseum. Dam Square and Van ...

4.3/5Excellent! (741 reviews)

"its fine for 45 euro a night,nice personel and clean hotel environment"…"

Reviewed on 29 Jun 2020

Hotel Levell
Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam / Arena Boulevard
Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam / Arena Boulevard
3 out of 5
Hoekenrode 1, Amsterdam
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £69 per night

Located in Zuidoost, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Johan Cruyff Arena and Ziggo Dome. Heineken Experience and Dam Square are also within 9 mi (15 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,416 reviews)

"Great location , good breakfast, and friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2020

Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam / Arena Boulevard
a&o Amsterdam Zuidoost
a&o Amsterdam Zuidoost
2 out of 5
Hogehilweg 22, Amsterdam
The price is £52 per night

Located in Zuidoost, this hostel is within 2 miles (3 km) of AFAS Live, Johan Cruyff Arena and Ziggo Dome. Academic Medical Centre is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away. Bullewijk ...

3.7/5Good! (611 reviews)
Convenient location!

"Convenient location near to the Bullewijk subway station. Also located close to the Zuid business district, and only about a 20-minute commute to downtown Amsterdam. Hostel and rooms were a little dated, and not the most comfortable. Breakfast was an excellent bonus!"…"

Reviewed on 3 Mar 2020

a&o Amsterdam Zuidoost
Ozo Hotel
Ozo Hotel
4 out of 5
Karspeldreef 2, Amsterdam
The price is £68 per night

Located in Zuidoost, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of AFAS Live, Johan Cruyff Arena and Ziggo Dome. Academic Medical Centre is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away. Bullewijk ...

3.8/5Good! (715 reviews)

"It was nice, clean and friendly staff. And the Uber comes to you inside the gate and the parking is included within the price"…"

Reviewed on 7 Jul 2020

Ozo Hotel
Jaz Amsterdam
Jaz Amsterdam
3.5 out of 5
De Passage 90, Amsterdam
The price is £78 per night

Located in Zuidoost, this hotel is steps away from Johan Cruyff Arena and Ziggo Dome. AFAS Live and Academic Medical Centre are also within 3 miles (5 km). Strandvliet ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,263 reviews)

"A bit away from old town and next to soccer stadium. Bar is fantastic and often was crowded. Room was clean and great wifi. Huge musical throughout hotel. Short walk to train station. Not a lot in area but movie theater is on walk to train station."…"

Reviewed on 2 Aug 2020

Jaz Amsterdam
Fletcher Hotel Amsterdam
Fletcher Hotel Amsterdam
4 out of 5
Schepenbergweg 50, Amsterdam, Noord Holland
The price is £91 per night

Located in Zuidoost, this eco-friendly hotel is 1 mi (1.5 km) from Academic Medical Centre, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Ziggo Dome and AFAS Live. Johan Cruyff ...

3.9/5Very Good! (986 reviews)

"Good"…"

Reviewed on 10 Nov 2019

Fletcher Hotel Amsterdam

Other areas in Amsterdam

Amsterdam East, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
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Amsterdam East

4/5Very Good!(480 area reviews)

Amsterdam East is highly notable for its fantastic nightlife, and you might want to visit top sights like Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (PTA) and Tropenmuseum. See more of Amsterdam by jumping on the metro at Flevopark Stop or Insulindeweg Stop.

Amsterdam East
De Pijp showing heritage architecture

De Pijp

4.5/5Wonderful!(133 area reviews)

Known for its abundant dining options and interesting museums, there's plenty to explore in De Pijp. Top attractions like Albert Cuyp Market and Sarphatipark are major draws, and you can catch the metro at 2e van der Helststraat Stop or Ceintuurbaan Stop to see more of the city.

De Pijp
World Trade Center showing city views and a city

Zuidas

Consider exploring the abundant dining options in Zuidas. If sightseeing is on the list, World Trade Center is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Amsterdam Zuid Tram Station or Parnassusweg Stop to see more of the area.

Zuidas
World Trade Center showing city views and a city

Amsterdam South

4/5Very Good!(159 area reviews)

You might take some time to check out the abundant dining options in Amsterdam South. Spend some time visiting top spots like Vondelpark, and catch the metro at Amsterdam Zuid Tram Station or Prinses Irenestraat Stop to see more of the area.

Amsterdam South
Dutch Resistance Museum featuring signage

Plantage

4.5/5Wonderful!(100 area reviews)

Consider exploring the abundant dining options in Plantage. If sightseeing is on the list, Artis is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Plantage Lepellaan Stop or Artis Stop to see more of the area.

Plantage
Eastern Docklands, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
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Eastern Docklands

Ample dining options, captivating waterfront views, and beautiful river views are just a few top things to explore in Eastern Docklands. A visit to Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (PTA) or Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ might round out your trip, and you can jump aboard the metro at Azartplein Stop or C. van Eesterenlaan Stop to get around town.

Eastern Docklands

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