THINGS TO DO
Canal boat tour
During your visit to Amsterdam you really should include a canal boat tour in order to really see the splendour of the 17th century houses. You will discover that the overall view on the historical Amsterdam buildings seen from the water is much better. The 17th century canal belt of Amsterdam (in Dutch: ‘Grachtengordel’), was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in July 2010. Close to Hotel Cordial and Hotel Armada you will find canal boat companies which take you through the city. More information you will find at the reception desk in the hotels.
One of the most famous districts in Amsterdam is the Jordaan district. Here you will find many well-known tourist attractions like the Anne Frank House on the Prinsengracht canal. Rembrandt spent the last years of his life in the Jordaan, on the Rozengracht canal. He was buried in the Westerkerk church, at the corner of Rozengracht and Prinsengracht, just beyond the Jordaan. The Jordaan is home to many art galleries. In addition this area is also dotted with small shops and restaurants and on a regular basis markets are held at Noordermarkt, the Westerstraat (the Lapjesmarkt textile market) and at the Lindengracht.
Another place of interest is the Museum Square, where you can find the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum and the already mentioned Diamond Museum. In addition the Museum Square is the place where the world famous Royal Concert Hall is located. In terms of nightlife you will discover Amsterdam is a lively city and depending upon your interests and needs the city offers a varied type of nightlife. If you are looking for pubs, cafes and or coffee shops; you can basically find them across the city centre but if you are looking for large numbers, check out the central station area and the Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein area. Restaurants can be found all over Amsterdam; the different types of restaurants are unlimited; if it’s Chinese you are looking for: try the Zeedijk in the Red Light district. If you fancy a more quiet and exclusive restaurant, check out the Amsterdam Zuid district where you will plenty of fine dining options. For more information on dinner options, ask your receptionist of Hotel Savoy, Hotel Cordial or Hotel Armada.