The capital of the Netherlands is easy to reach from Hotel Akersloot by car of public transport and therefore it is the ideal day trip. This metropole is very versatile!
A beautiful historic city with lots of monuments and enless cultural possibilities. The canals with houseboats, wonderful canal houses and cosy bars and restaurant give this city its unique character.
Amsterdam knows a lot of famous spots such as the Wallen, the most famous red light districht, the cosy Albert Cuyp market, the green Vondelparc, the zoo Artis and the exclusive shopping street P.C. Hooftstraat. A visit to the Rijksmuseum, with a great collection of pieces from famous Dutch paintors is definetely worth it.
Shopping in Amsterdam
With everything from multi-storey department stores and exclusive boutiques to antiques and contemporary Dutch design, Amsterdam inspires even the most discerning shopper.
The two main shopping streets in Amsterdam's city centre are the Kalverstraat and the Leidsestraat. Of the two, the Leidsestraat has the more exclusive shops. The Kalverstraat is home to all the shops you would expect to find in a large European city.
Located in the heart of the city's historic canal district, this area of nine narrow streets called the Negen Straatjes was constructed during the 17th century. The Nine Streets intersect the main canals between the Leidsestraat and the Jordaan district, and are dotted with great restaurants, cafés,art galleries, jewellers, boutiques andvintage stores. With an exceptional array of styles, trends and prices, this area is truly a shopper's paradise.
Antiques and art
Following the construction of theRijksmuseumin 1900, the Spiegelkwartier emerged as Amsterdam's centre for antiques and art. More than 70 antique shops and galleries in this area boast impressive collections of paintings, ceramics, glass, jewellery, furniture, tribal and Asian collectibles. Whether centuries old or completely modern, you're bound to find something here that strikes your fancy.
Opening hours shops
Shops in Amsterdam are open every day of the week, but hours vary. Opening times may differ slightly per shop and district, but here are some general guidelines:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 09:00 - 18:00
Thursday: 09:00 - 21:00
Saturday: 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday: 12:00 - 17:00.