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Royal Palace and National Monument; for those who don’t just want to use Dam Square as a pass-through then the Palace of Dam square is open for visitors for a large part of the year. A major part of the art collection of the Oranje Nassau royal family can be seen in the rooms. The national monument opposite the Palace is the most important monument in the Netherlands in commemoration of World War II
On Rokin, which runs parallel to Kalverstraat, you will find specialist shops, among which are Gassan Diamonds and the tobacco shop Hajenius. This shop has been a purveyor of tobacco to many European Royal households since 1826.
Just behind the bustling Kalvestraat you will find the Museum that specializes in the history of Amsterdam. The Begijnhofje is an old court of almshouses with 49 houses dating from different time periods.
Eating, drinking and dancing you can do in the area around Rembrandtplein; ‘Rembrandt square’. All year round this is the place to be, dazzling nightlife and in summer the outdoor cafes are crowded. There’s also enough to see and do in the area for people who enjoy the good life.
Within one hundred metres of Rembrandtplein, in Reguliersbrestraat, you will find the most beautiful cinema of the Netherlands which was built in 1921, the Tuschinski.
For everyone who likes to drink beer a visit to the Heineken Brewery is really a must. In the former brewery on Stadhouderskade, which is a fifteen-minute walk from Rembrandtplein, you will make an interactive trip through the world of Heineken with the Heineken Experience.
When you go to the Heineken Brewery from Rembrandtplein you can walk there via reguliersgracht, but you can also take Utrechtsestraat. The specialist shops for clothing, books, design furniture and music will certainly make the small detour worth your while. The Utrechtsestraat is typically one of those Amsterdam streets very tasteful, unique and quirky shops.
Over the past fifty years, Amsterdam’s harbour activities have slowly moved to the west of the city. As a result, space to live has opened up along the IJ Lake. The architecture is striking and interesting, and it is the architecture of Amsterdam in the future.
Present and past have been brought together in the architecture and the urban design of the Docklands.
The harbour feeling is still alive, but old warehouses have been given new functions and the diverging design of various artists link up with each other perfectly. Admire the special houses on KNSM Island, walk across the whole Java Island via the pedestrian bridges and take a look at the Whale on the Sporenburg on Borneo Island. Ijburg is absolutely worth a visit for architectural buffs. The urban design scheme here is based on the collage city concept. The island consists of 8 neighborhoods, each of which has its own individual character. The Docklands attract many artistic people, so it comes as no surprise that when it comes to culture and going out there is plenty to do here. It’s mainly about contemporary classical music building on IJ Lake. The Bim house that protrudes on the street side of the music building is a concert hall for Jazz and improvised music. When you cross the IJ with the ferry from the back of the railway station, you get to see another striking building, the Netherlands EYE film institute. The collection of the EYE comprises the complete Dutch film history.
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