Hermitage Amsterdam photo © Nancy D. Brown
In Amsterdam, an active day outdoors involves walking and cycling. My favorite walking route is strolling through the Jordaan district.
Some of Amsterdam’ s best museums are the Rijksmuseum, van Gogh museum, Amsterdam Historical Museum, Jewish Historical Museum and Hermitage.
There are so many entertainment options for a night of dancing in Amsterdam. Depending on your age group try:
Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 18
1017 RC Amsterdam
Jimmy Woo is a hot club where ancient Hong-Kong mixes with modern design. Black is the dominant color here, with a large lounge area with black leather sofa’s and a black bar, and of course the opium table isn’t missing. The dance floor is downstairs, with impressive 12,000 light bulbs ceiling. Famous for its selective door policy; either you’re on the guest list, or you join the endless queue.
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One of the most trendy hot spots in Amsterdam is Club Roses. An award winning interior totally in style with today’s developments in architecture completes the success of the club. Roses is the place to be with a large variety of music styles on the different days of the week. The biggest names in the DJ world have worked the decks at Roses and many more will follow.
Most restaurants close their kitchen at 11p.m. There are some late night restaurants which serve dinner until 12:30a.m. Selection:
1017 EN Amsterda
Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 203
1017 RB Amsterdam
Hard Rock Café Amsterdam
Max Euweplein 57-61
1017 MA AMSTERDAM
Opened on Friday and Saturday untill 00.30h for dinner. Rest of the week until 23.30h.
To find out what’s going on a night or on weekends use the on-line what’s on wizard and/or Time Out Amsterdam.
In the spring you should attend Queens Day (nationwide): one big party in Amsterdam as well on April 30 and the April Flower Parade.
In the summer you should attend Canal Parade – Gay Pride in August. Highlight of Amsterdam Gay Pride (1/8 – 8/8) is the Canal Parade with hundred thousands of participants and visitors. The boat parade starts at 2 PM at the end of the Prinsengracht, turns left onto the Amstel and continues towards Oosterdok, passing City Hall and the Music Theatre (Stopera).
The Canal Festival also puts an emphasis on giving young musicians an ideal opportunity to showcase their talents, with performances in lively busy public locations.
The event also includes a Children’s Canal Festival, featuring productions specially intended for children of all ages, from babies and infants up to teenagers.
Many of the concerts are accessible free of charge or at a low entrance fee.
In the fall you should visit: Museumnacht, the First Saturday in November.
One night a year 42 museums in Amsterdam open their doors from 7 pm to 2 am and organize special events: workshops, concerts, special tours, performances, with tasty food & drinks. This is your chance to see Amsterdam’s museums in a completely new light – after dark!
In the winter you should go to the ice skating rinks in the city. Dutch holiday traditions and events from late November into early January (e.g. special exhibits and museums; arrival of Sinterklaas – St. Nicolas)
A hidden gem in Amsterdam is The Museum of Bags and Purses (Tassenmuseum Hendrikje) and the Museum Our Lord in the Attic.