Amsterdam Fine Hotels http://www.amsterdamfinehotels.com Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:59:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The miracle of Amsterdamhttp://www.amsterdamfinehotels.com/miracle-amsterdam/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=miracle-amsterdam http://www.amsterdamfinehotels.com/miracle-amsterdam/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:34:28 +0000 http://www.amsterdamfinehotels.com/?p=1406 In 1345, Amsterdam had only just begun its fine history. The first records of Amsterdam are in 1204, and by 1345 Amsterdam was only a small horseshoe leading down from what is now Central Station. Indeed, Central Station at that … Continue reading

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In 1345, Amsterdam had only just begun its fine history. The first records of Amsterdam are in 1204, and by 1345 Amsterdam was only a small horseshoe leading down from what is now Central Station. Indeed, Central Station at that time would have itself been under water.

No one quite knows where Amsterdam got its glory from: how it turned from a set of small on a dijk into the world’s first centre of global trade in the 17th century.

Read all about the miracle of Amssterdam

The 3 factors that built Amsterdam

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The miracle

Geert Mak in his wonderful history Amsterdam puts it down to 3 factors.

First, Utrecht, then the provincial power, decided to use trade protection. Amsterdam had been granted free trade early on and merchants flocked to it.

Second, the advent of a new design of boat – the cog – meant that trading vessels had better access to Amsterdam. Its economic future was therefore born.

However, the last factor was a complete coincidence and whether or not you believe in the supernatural, its impact on Amsterdam made it indeed a miracle.

The miracle

One night a man lay dying in his bed on Kalverstraat. Whilst taking bread and wine from a priest, which he vomited up the bread, which was thrown into the fire.

Procession

Collecting the bread

The next morning a nurse went to retrieve it and found that though all the wood had burned, the bread – known as the host – remained untouched! A miracle was proclaimed and the fascination grew and grew.

A priest came to collect the unburned bread but found the box in which he was carrying it empty when he got to the church. After this happened twice, the priest got the message and the host was kept in the house.

Waves of pilgrims

While this is fantastical on itself, this one event unleashed on Amsterdam waves and waves of pilgrims. And with pilgrims came merchants and this divine miracle catapulted Amsterdam into the most important cities in Europe, and then the world.

Miracle

Miracle

Of course, the city made use of its own qualities in trade, commerce and pragmatism – and location at the mouth of 2 great rivers – to get it where it got to. But the miracle stuck. It got its own chapel, and in 1347, its own street name Heiligeweg (‘holy way’).

You can still walk along Heiligeweg, which branches off the busy shopping street Kalverstraat. The chapel, once known as the Holy Stead, is now called Nieuwezijds Kolk. Even when the Holy Stead burned down in the 14th century the host was spared, adding further to its prestige.

A persistent myth

Religion is a complex thing, in Amsterdam, as anywhere. The Catholic religion was banned in the 16th century, when Prostestants took over who had little regard for miracles.

However, the Miracle of the Unburned Host had woven itself into the fabric of the city. Each year after the miracle had occurred, pilgrims would walk around the circumference of the old city. They would do so in silence to honour the sanctity of the bread.

The ritual was suspended for 300 years but was revived in the 19th century. These days, at midnight on Saturday ‘after the Wednesday after the 12th March’, between 7,000 and 10, 000 still make the walk in silence around the old city, completely stunning the night-time drinkers.

For more information on the Miracle of the Unburned Host its story, see the Begijnhof website. The Begijnhof chapel, just off Spui contains paintings depicting the event.

 

Sillent turn

Sillent turn

 

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We see an Amsterdam that refuses to leave the 1970shttp://www.amsterdamfinehotels.com/we-see-an-amsterdam-that-refuses-to-leave-the-1970s/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=we-see-an-amsterdam-that-refuses-to-leave-the-1970s http://www.amsterdamfinehotels.com/we-see-an-amsterdam-that-refuses-to-leave-the-1970s/#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:43:43 +0000 http://www.amsterdamfinehotels.com/?p=1285 Outsiders and insiders see things quite differently. We’ve given the opportunity to Amsterdammers from both the Netherlands and abroad to share their vision of the city through photographs and stories. The Netherlanders – such as last month’s Kirsten Nelis -  seem to … Continue reading

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Outsiders and insiders see things quite differently.

We’ve given the opportunity to Amsterdammers from both the Netherlands and abroad to share their vision of the city through photographs and stories. The Netherlanders – such as last month’s Kirsten Nelis -  seem to show a more relaxed intimacy, the foreigners -cf Alex Burch - show more excitement and an eye for the bigger picture.

Connection to the past gives substance to a city. 

Vintage 5 In these pictures, we see a vintage Amsterdam that still remains authentic and vital. We see an Amsterdam that refuses to leave the 1970s. Beautifully captured by Ambra B, this ‘part’ of the city can be seen everywhere once you’re tuned, just like a groove on a vinyl record. To do our tuning in for us Ambra has also provided some tips on how to experience vintage Amsterdam for yourself. Here’s what she had to say about the pictures. Vintage 9 I began taking pictures in Amsterdam without any specific theme in mind. But as I looked at the collections I had – of parties, of the street and cafés – the 1970s kept jumping out at me. It seemed that in almost every one there was a picture that could have been taken in that decade. It gave me the impression that the city has a connection to the past – to specifically that decade – that others don’t. In Italy, where I am from, the connection is not so obvious. 

What is remarkable in Amsterdam? 

Vintage 12 What is remarkable in Amsterdam, is that it is not as if this images are from the past. They are very much in the present. It makes the city unique. It is not as if this is fashion, but a permanent style that people invest their lives in.  In many cities the shops are the same, the people look the same.Here you can make your own style. It is not fashion of nowadays but something more authentic. 

I think I am a little seventies in my spirit 

 Vintage 3 I think I am a little seventies in my spirit. In Ruigoord [alternative cultural centre],  I remember going there for the first time and feeling I could exist in that time for a day or a night. Unfortunately these places in Amsterdam are disappearing. A lot of these places with this old feel are shutting. Because of this I think Amsterdam is losing its identity, it is becoming a little more like other cities with everything identical. But I hope it does not. I hope people will not lose their interest in this identity. 

This spirit still exists today 

Vintage 7 I think the 1970s were a great decade for the city, where Amsterdam still draws a lot of its spirit. There was a real freedom available then. It made the city very attractive. Although in decline, this spirit still exists today –  indeed you can see it everywhere.  Vintage 10 Vintage 1

Tips by Ambra B. to tune in to the Amsterdam of the 1970s 

Vintage Amsterdam
ShopsZipperEpisode
CafeLatei331 West
NightlifeRuigoord (check website for concerts and festivals)
More work from Ambra: http://www.lateralfoto.com/

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When you come to Amsterdam, don’t forget your phonehttp://www.amsterdamfinehotels.com/when-you-come-to-amsterdam/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=when-you-come-to-amsterdam http://www.amsterdamfinehotels.com/when-you-come-to-amsterdam/#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:23:52 +0000 http://www.amsterdamfinehotels.com/?p=1281 The biggest change in photography in recent years has been that most of it now takes place on phones. Rather than an excuse for sub-standard pictures this month’s photographer Astrid van Sterkenburg shows how good phone photography can be – … Continue reading

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The biggest change in photography in recent years has been that most of it now takes place on phones. Rather than an excuse for sub-standard pictures this month’s photographer Astrid van Sterkenburg shows how good phone photography can be – flawless in fact.

The pictures show an intimate portrait of the city for this photographer. Half shots and small curiosities are easier to capture than with a larger lense. However, the pictures remain wonderful composed.

We love giving you these revolving lense of Amsterdam, and here’s one more gallery to add to our sparkling collection.

Will we be seeing you here soon? When you come to Amsterdam, don’t forget your phone!

Until then, Houman

Eyephonegraphy

I am photographer who studied at the Foto Academie of Amsterdam. I make installations and will soon be moving into sculpture. Next week I am heading to New York which will undoubtedly inspire a lot of new work.

Making pictures on the move is fun. You often have more space to take everything in and with a phone you can be more anonymous. It helps provide some pretty nice shots.

Amsterdam is a great place to be a creative, and there’s a lot of stimulation in photography and art. You quickly make contact with people , and move quickly ahead with projects. I could not think of a better place to live at this moment.

Canal

Canal

Canal

The canals with their houseboats are a beautiful sight in all weathers. You can fall in love with some houseboats. I think it would be fun to live in one. I particularly like the reflection on the water so I inverted the image to highlight it.

Dam square

Dam Square

Dam Square

This photo was taken at the Dam on a rainy day. The crowds mean you get a nice image of all the umbrellas. They present such a variety of colour.

Night

Night

Night

This is an evening shot of a man walking his dogs and beautiful array of lights. They are even shining among the dogs! It looks like you’ve landed in the middle of a movie.

Vondelpark

Vondelpark

Vondelpark

I’m often in Vondelpark, walking or jogging and my studio is located on its western edge. In this image you see my shadow and the feet of a walking couple.

Metro

Metro

Metro

Journeys on the metro supply some great images. Here I love the light and the atmosphere. It says so much about Amsterdam.

You can see more of Astrid’s photography at her studio gallery Koninginneweg 225-227 1075CS Amsterdam, or indeed her website.

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Images of Amsterdam by Kirsten Nelishttp://www.amsterdamfinehotels.com/slow-down-and-look-images-of-amsterdam-by-kirsten-nelis/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=slow-down-and-look-images-of-amsterdam-by-kirsten-nelis http://www.amsterdamfinehotels.com/slow-down-and-look-images-of-amsterdam-by-kirsten-nelis/#comments Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:04:33 +0000 http://amsterdamfinehotels.com/?p=1153 When people come to Amsterdam there are so many sights and experiences to activate all the senses. It’s sometimes overwhelming where to look and to make sense of it all. Luckily Kirsten Nelis has been recording those slow moments for … Continue reading

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When people come to Amsterdam there are so many sights and experiences to activate all the senses. It’s sometimes overwhelming where to look and to make sense of it all.

Luckily Kirsten Nelis has been recording those slow moments for us, to inspire us to “take a moment to be silent, to really look and enjoy”.

Her photographs are stunning evidence of this approach and we are delighted to share them with you. 

Kirsten, how did you become a photographer?

I have always had an eye for things that others don’t see. I was messing around with my Mom’s camera about 4 years ago and the results were really beautiful. I am not trained in photography but people like what I do. It was not so long after that, I got overworked and was forced to slow down. I really enjoyed being outside and I took the time to talk walks in the park and cycle through the city. I began noticing more and more. I recorded what I was seeing on my smartphone and later, on my camera.

People responded quite powerfully. They were moved by the pictures and they corresponded to their own impressions of the city. They see something of themselves in the picture. I find this very inspiring and I hope that people are inspired to slow down and look as well, to take a moment to be silent, to really look and enjoy.

It’s always just a moment, there’s a cloud or a movement and then it is gone. I want to capture these beautiful moments, remind people of how good life is to slow down some times and really see.

Random encounter

Random encounter (figures on a bench in the park) by Kirsten Nelis

Random encounter (figures on a bench in the park)

Once I was cycling past the Bellamypark. It is a city garden, a place where people are able to grow fruit and vegetables in a public space. I saw an old guy who looked a little strange. He told me so much about his garden and the cookies he made from pine nuts and about his unique healthy lifestyle. He was sharing a little bit of his life story. He gave me such an original insight into life, details you would not think to make up. 

Keizersgracht (picture of canal in grey)

Keizersgracht (a picure in grey) by Kirsten Nelis

Keizersgracht (a picure in grey)

This photograph has two sides. On one hand I get a lonely feeling. There is a lot going on, implicit activity but still a feeling of loneliness. This is part of city life too which is reflected in this picture. There’s another side to this too. Because even though you might not be feeling great, the beauty of the city is still there, supporting and lifting you.


Summertime bicycle

Summertime bicycle by Kirsten Nelis

Summertime bicycle

When the weather is good, everyone goes outside in Amsterdam. Everyone gathers in the park and meets people there. You have a bottle of wine, have dinner together and play games. They have a smile on their face and having fun. In the park everyone is together, everyone is a citizen of Amsterdam. It doesn’t matter how long you have been here or who you are. It’s like we’re all supporters of the same football side – but there is no opposing team, we are just together.

 

Into the city (pier from Bimhuis, view of Centraal station)

Into the city by Kirsten Nelis

Into the city

This is about crossing over. It’s a view of Amsterdam Centraal station from the ‘Muziekgebouw aan het IJ’. There’s a feeling of excitement, about to cross into the city. There’s the desire to return and to re-engage in what the city has to offer. Amsterdammers see this view all the time and for me it symbolises re-entering its creative spirit again and again.

Have a look at the website of Kirsten for more beautiful photography.

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Images of Amsterdam by Elisabeth de Vrieshttp://www.amsterdamfinehotels.com/images-amsterdam-elisabeth-de-vries/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=images-amsterdam-elisabeth-de-vries http://www.amsterdamfinehotels.com/images-amsterdam-elisabeth-de-vries/#comments Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:53:37 +0000 http://amsterdamfinehotels.com/?p=1151 We want to give you an intimate view of how Amsterdam functions from an artist’s perspective. This month we focus on Elisabeth de Vries We’ve teamed up with photographers who both live in and visit Amsterdam and, through their stories, … Continue reading

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We want to give you an intimate view of how Amsterdam functions from an artist’s perspective. This month we focus on Elisabeth de Vries

We’ve teamed up with photographers who both live in and visit Amsterdam and, through their stories, create a vision of Amsterdam that will enhance your stay here.

You could think of it as an introduction from some its closest friends.

Vondel bridge

Vondel bridge

What does Amsterdam mean to me?

Well, it is my home. It is where I live my life. I see it as a kind of loudmouth and I love it for that. It is not a metropolis like New York, but makes enough noise to be recognised as a great international city.

Vondelpark, playground

Vondelpark, playground

I love the way it moves. All cities have their own kind of movement. The way people move here, they seem to be open to change.

Keizersgracht

Keizersgracht

Their minds are open and you can see this the way they interact and relate to each other and to the city itself. Everybody can do whatever they want and change whenever they want. 

Vondelpark

Vondelpark

I think some people find this hard. Endless possibilities mean there is uncertainty and I think a hallmark of my generation is that we fear quite a lot the possibilities that are out there.

Central station

Central station

I think this is what makes it a loudmouth. People fake it until they make it, try and prove themselves.  But I think the uncertainty is kind of necessary to become good at what you do.

Amsterdamse Bos

Amsterdamse Bos

 

You can see more of Elisabeth’s photography of Amsterdam and elsewhere on her blog: http://ellphotography.nl/. Words by Simon Hodges http://wordsthatchange.nl/

 

 

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Images of Amsterdam by Alex Burchhttp://www.amsterdamfinehotels.com/images-amsterdam-alex-burch/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=images-amsterdam-alex-burch http://www.amsterdamfinehotels.com/images-amsterdam-alex-burch/#comments Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:43:52 +0000 http://amsterdamfinehotels.com/?p=1147 Over the next few months, we’re going to bring you different visions of the city, as seen by artists and writers. This month we spoke to Alex Burch, a student of Glasgow School of Art, who has been coming to … Continue reading

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Over the next few months, we’re going to bring you different visions of the city, as seen by artists and writers.

This month we spoke to Alex Burch, a student of Glasgow School of Art, who has been coming to Amsterdam for a number of years. 

He shares his photography and appreciation for the little city built on clay. 

Canalside buildingsite in Amsterdam

Canalside buildingsite in Amsterdam

What draws you to Amsterdam?

I think it’s something to do with having spent a lot of time here as a kid.

The light, the water, the history has always drawn me in. I’d always stay in a skinny house, and the house alone had this amazing old feeling about it.

It’s always just felt like a great place to come, a chance to get out of Leeds where I grew up. If you knew Leeds, you would understand.

Unnamed pub on Keizersgracht

Unnamed pub on Keizersgracht

My favourite place is probably the 9 streets and favourite bar is De Zotte. I’m a beer snob so their range of beers appeals to me.

Over the years I’ve also made good friends with their white cat. That cat says so much about the Dutch attitude, liberal, friendly and accommodating.

If there’s something wrong they’ll just solve it. They won’t sit there and moan. People are just generally looking for the best solution for everybody – there’s such an openness.

In the photos, I’ve gone for the things that interest me most: the light, the history, the small details.

There’s respect for the old but also an appreciation for the new. They kind of work together.

In Glasgow where I live now, there’s almost a fight going on between old and modern. In Amsterdam it all seems to be a bit more integrated.

Arriving in Amsterdam by train from Schiphol

Arriving in Amsterdam by train from Schiphol

I think these pictures capture the sense of excitement I have from being here: the ride from the airport, the light shining through a bar on a Sunday afternoon.

It’s such a relaxed atmosphere on Sunday afternoon at a borrel, there are no expectations. The Dutch have such a pride about who they are.

I know the English have a sense of loss of knowing who they are whereas the Dutch have always had it.

 

Caption: Westerkerk, Winter 2009

Caption: Westerkerk, Winter 2009

You can see more of Alex’s photography of Amsterdam and elsewhere on his blog: http://alexburch.tumblr.com/

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Begijnhofhttp://www.amsterdamfinehotels.com/begijnhof/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=begijnhof http://www.amsterdamfinehotels.com/begijnhof/#comments Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:30:23 +0000 http://amsterdamfinehotels.com/?p=1140 The Begijnhof is one of Amsterdam’s secret treasures, remaining intimate despite its popularity. If you make your way down to Spui you would be standing in the one of the very oldest parts of Amsterdam. From almost its beginning, this … Continue reading

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The Begijnhof is one of Amsterdam’s secret treasures, remaining intimate despite its popularity. If you make your way down to Spui you would be standing in the one of the very oldest parts of Amsterdam.

From almost its beginning, this area was populated by Begijnen: women who were like nuns but did not have to give away all their possessions. They could also leave at any time. The Begijnhof is the circle of houses in which they once lived, under the protection of a nobleman; to this day the courtyard remains a quiet centre in the middle of the bustling city.

At the Begijnhof you can see buildings that are still standing from the 15th century, visit the Catholic chapel and learn about the Miracle of the Unburned Host – an event that turned Amsterdam into a spectacular centre of pilgrimage from the 14th century onwards.

To get there: Take tram 16 or 25 from the Savoy and get off at Spui. Walk down the narrow street and arrive in the cobbled square. Turn right past the glass-fronted café and walk straight down a little alley. In the wall on your left is an entrance to the Begijnhof. Take a seat on the bench and enjoy this oasis of quiet.

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Back to businesshttp://www.amsterdamfinehotels.com/back-business/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=back-business http://www.amsterdamfinehotels.com/back-business/#comments Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:03:47 +0000 http://amsterdamfinehotels.com/?p=1138 What can Amsterdam offer the travelling business person? Relaxation, comfort and an effective place to do business. There can be mixed feelings about coming back from the summer break, but at least you want to be somewhere you can do … Continue reading

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What can Amsterdam offer the travelling business person? Relaxation, comfort and an effective place to do business.

There can be mixed feelings about coming back from the summer break, but at least you want to be somewhere you can do your business well. Here at Savoy we’re always ready with a handy tip for our business travellers.

Working
For the business person it is hard to find a better location, the Amsterdam RAI conference centre (pictured above in the 1940s, it has changed) is just a stone’s throw away from us and the bustling is Zuidas district about 5 minutes by tram. Printing services are located close by, and we also run regular drinks and networking evenings to bring our guests together who may share professional areas of interest.

Eating
You probably want something non-fussy, high quality and easy to eat in your evenings here. Gambrinus is informal, relaxed and does great food. Café Ruis is also, but has the added advantage of being able to sit outside under  the trees. Finally, a little further up the road, Foodism is relentlessly good, excellent value and has a wonderful atmosphere.

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Beatrixpark

Relaxing
As we are situated in the Pijp, one of Amsterdam’s most picturesque districts, we highly recommend a wander around its local cafés, canals and markets. Beatrixpark (pictured) is one of the quieter parks ready to refresh busy business brains but for the ultimate ‘down time’ we recommend Dr. Feelgood, one block away from us, for a muscle-loosening massage.

If you have any tips, let us know!!

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Some say you only really get to know a city when its people come together and Amsterdam’s festivals provide just such a fizzing cultural opportunity. Whilst staying here you get the opportunity to celebrate the heat, whilst sampling cultural delights and darn fine party experiences. Amsterdam puts on over 90 festivals per year, here are our top three for our treasured guests. Wave Festival With Mysteryland, Sensation White and Dance Valley, Amsterdam offers dozens of world-class dance festivals but in Wave has found a reliably relaxed offering. Mixing laid back vibes and perched on the edge of the beautiful Twiske, Wave promises to offer something a more refined, electro experience for those who like to consume their beats lying down. Running for only its second year, the 2013 line-up is graced by Detroit-based electronic maestro Deepchord, the genre-defiant Delta Funktionen and Canadian deep house producer Basic Soul Unit. Wave Festival takes place on 17 August, at the Paviljoen ‘t Twiske, Amsterdam Noord. More information is available on the Facebook page. Pluk de Nacht

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There is probably not a more romantic way to experience the city than watching alternative cinema with a few hundred other strangers. Pluk de Nacht has a mission to screen some of the more difficult-to-find movies for public benefit, completely free of charge. For movie lovers, or just those in need of careless cultural stimulation in the middle of a busy visit: these screenings are ideal. Pluk de Nacht runs from runs from 7 – 17 August in Amsterdam, before continuing to Arnhem (22 – 25) and finishing in Den Haag (29 – 31) as part of its ten year anniversary. For programme and screening times, see the festival website. Magneet Festival Running over four weekends, Magneet is an advanced concept in festival organisation that invites offerings from the public. The result is a huge diversity of acts that promise something for everyone and most likely, a few undiscovered gems to take away from you. With four distinct themes, Magneet invites you to spread you cultural wings and find something unexpected. Magneet runs each weekend from 23 August to 15 September. Information and tickets are available on the website.

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Amsterdam’s top 3 garden green escapes
While Amsterdam is one of Europe’s quieter major cities, you may still feel the need for some space for your psychology. Thankfully, being the European City of Trees in 2012, Amsterdam is also full of opportunities to lose yourself in greenery. How to take advantage of these intra-city garden spots? Look no further than our our 3 top garden escapes in Amsterdam.

Garden Tours
Amsterdam’s gardens are its hidden treasures. Out of the way, but located in otherwise quite busy places, Amsterdam’s gardens breathe life into a city that is one of the most tree-rich in Europe. You can take a tour its gardens with professional garden designers, running tours between April and October. It will give a sense of the city behind the brickwork.

Tours leave from Willet Holshuysen, Herengracht 605 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. See http://www.uhgt.nl/ for more details.

Eat your greens! De Kas
De Kas
Feast your eyes and taste buds simultaneously at the highly popular De Kas (pictured right), set in the grounds of the old Amsterdam City Greenery. De Kas is sustainability with a righteous edge. The vegetables it serves are handpicked at sunrise each morning, so the menu changes in accordance with whatever is in season. A unique and memorable experience in an Amsterdam greenhouse run by a former Michelin-starred chef. Most find it no less than perfect.

Restaurant De Kas is situated in Amsterdam East. See http://www.restaurantdekas.nl/ for details if how to get there.

Flevopark
We could have gone for Vondel, Sarphati or Rembrandt, but Flevopark (pictured at the top of page) is a hit with Amsterdammers looking for a more out of the way green city retreat. Somehow managing to retain a sense of wildness, Flevopark’s position by the water and abundant vegetation make it the cult classic of Amsterdam city parks. For the brave – or desperate for refreshment – there is an open air swimming pool in summer months.

To get to Flevopark take trams 7 or 14 or find it on this map.

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