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Old Town Amsterdam Hotel guide

You might be planning a visit to Amsterdam as a romantic getaway, a party weekend or maybe to go shopping, but don’t forget to learn more about Amsterdam’s history while you are there. The city’s historic centre has so much to offer, and the history is on plain display there.

Hotels near Old Town Amsterdam

You will find many hotels in Old Town Amsterdam. Thanks to its compact size, you will be close to most sights and attractions no matter where in Old Town you stay. Pick a hotel at the canals for the most typical view, for example.

Popular sights around Old Town Amsterdam

Learn about the history of the city Amsterdam. Take a canal cruise to start your day, for example. You will learn more about Amsterdams Golden Age and the construction of the canals. Most of the cruises depart from the east side of the street Damrak, right across Central Station. To learn everything about the history and present of the city, visit Amsterdam Museum (formerly known as Amsterdam Historical Museum).

Amsterdam also has a lot to offer for visitors interested in World War II. Visit the world famous house where Anne Frank hid with her family during the war. Tip: buy the tickets online before, so you don’t have to queue up for hours. You can learn more about the Jewish population in Amsterdam at the Jewish Historical Museum. During the war, Jews were brought together at the Hollandsche Schouwburg before deportation; you can now find a monument here. There is also the Resistance Museum. This museum has interesting exhibitions about the war and the Dutch resistance. The biggest monument is at Dam Square, you will see it right away. This is also where the Dutch have the annual national remembrance ceremony.

You might also know about the famous Dutch painters. Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Gogh, Mondriaan, etc. If you want to see as many of their paintings as you can during your visit, it is best to visit the museums around Museum Square. Here, you can find the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum and Stedelijk Museum. All these museums have paintings by the Dutch painters. You can also visit the house Rembrandt lived in for twenty years at Museum het Rembrandthuis to learn more about him.

Then there are also the ‘small’ things that the Netherlands and Amsterdam are famous for. The tulips, the cheese; just to name a few. Visit the National Tulip Festival on Dam Square in January to get tulips for free and stroll over the floating Flower Market. Get as much cheese as you can at the many cheese stores and also pay a visit to the Cheese Museum.

Hotel Facilities in Old Town Amsterdam

You can choose from a wide range of hotels if you decide to stay in Old Town Amsterdam. Each area and hotel has their own atmosphere and characteristics, so make sure to pick a hotel that matches your preferences and plans for your trip.