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House of Bols Cocktail & Genever Experience

Located on the Museumplein (Museum Square) in Amsterdam, just opposite the Van Gogh Museum, House of Bols Cocktail & Genever Experience, rated as the Nº1 attraction in Amsterdam by Lonely Planet, will take you trough the  “World of Flavour”.  Here ou can touch, smell, taste and discover the spectacular world of liqueurs, Bols Genevers and cocktails while you find out all about the oldest distilled spirit brand in the world, Lucas Bols, founded in Amsterdam in 1575.

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During this interactive visit you will know the amazing history of Lucas Bols, established in Amsterdam more than 438 years ago. In the “Hall of Taste” all senses will be stimulated while discovering the secrets of taste. Here you can ,  smell all 36 Bols liqueurs and touch the herbs used to create Bols Genevers and liqueurs during hundreds of years.

You will travel through more than four hundred years of history watching the Bols Geneverfilm.  Bols Genever, launched in 2008, combines the mixability of vodka and the soft malty flavour of whisky. Based on the authentic Bols Genever recipe, which dated back to 1820, Genever was one of the basic ingredients of cocktails.

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This Museum is the only place in the world where the complete series of the Delft blue miniaturehouses, made by Bols in traditional Dutch Delft blue ceramics, is exhibited.

At the end of your visit you have the opportunity to select and drink your favourite cocktail served at the Mirror Bar. You also have the change   to taste two of the 36 Bols liqueurs.

Visitors Guides in English, Dutch, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Japanese are provided to make your visit more attractive. even more attractive your visit.

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Where:

House of Bols (opposite Van Godh Museum)

Paulus Potterstraat 14 Amsterdam (NL)

How to get to House of Bols:

Located on the Museumplein (Museum Square) in Amsterdam, just opposite the Van Gogh Museum

– Tram: Lines 1,2 and 5  link in just 15 minutes Amsterdam Central Station with Leidseplein, from there there is only a five minute walk to House of Bols.

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Price:

€ 14,50 (including a cocktail of your own choice)

Minimum age is 18 years

Opening hours

From Monday to Sunday: 12.00 – 18.30 (Ticketsales till 17.30)

*Friday Open till 22.00 (Ticketsales till 21.00)

*Saturday Open till 20.00 (Ticketsales till 19.00)

All the information about House of Bols you can find on www.houseofbols.com

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Rembrandt House Museum

Rembrandthuis is beautiful house where Rembrandt van Rijn, Dutch painter of the seventeenth century during the Dutch Golden Age, worked and lived for 20 years. Rembrandt one of the greatest baroque painters in history and possibly the most recognized Dutch artist.

This house was where Rembrandt live between 1639 and 1658, the building was constructed in 1606 and 1607 in the eastern part of the city (nowadays the house is in the heart of Amsterdam City center), new part of the town were many rich artists and merchants settled. In the same year that Rembrandt bought the house, he was awarded by the prestigious commission to paint the Night Watch.

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Although he was earning a lot of money he was no able to come up with the entirety house purchase price which was thirteen thousand guilders, a very high amount, so he was allowed to pay it off in instalments, the painter couldn´t pay off the mortgage, this fact caused his financial crisis, and after four years of desperate attempts to try to get the money to pay the debt. In 1656 the property was inventoried and his collection of art, curiosities and household effects were sold. The house was auctioned in 1658 and Rembrandt moved to a small rented house on the Rozengracht, where he lived until his death in 1669.

At the time of the bankruptcy in 1656 a notary wrote a list of his possessions. For that reason we know how the house was furnished in Rembrandt’s time, the house is restored was restored identically and furnished with items and works of art from the master’s time.

Daily from 11:30 to 17:00, The Rembrandt House offers free workshops Print Making in the Apprentice’s Studio, there are also daily demonstrations of how etchings and how painting was made in the seventeenth century, these demonstrations take park in Rembrandt’s printing room and painting studio. There are also regular special exhibitions devoted to Rembrandt and to past and present artists who have been inspired by Rembrandt.

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Where:

Museum Het Rembrandthuis
Jodenbreestraat 4, Amsterdam

Opening Hours:

From Monday to Sunday: 10 AM – 6 PM (Closed on the 26th of April and 25th of December)

Prices:

Adults: 12´50 €

Groups (+15): 10 €

Children from 6 to 17 years: 4€

Children under four years: free

Museum website: www.rembrandthuis.nl

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The Cat Cabinet Museum

The Cat cabinet, is a museum devoted exclusively to cats located in the heart of Amsterdam´s Seventeenth-century canal ring area, UNESCO World Heritage List since 2010.

This private collection was founded in 1990 by Bob Meijer in memory of the ginger cat J.P. Morgan (1966-1983), called after John Pierpont Morgan famous American financier. This small museum shows the role of the cat in art and culture through the centuries.

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During your visit you will see impressive work about cats and how they have been a favorite subject of artists, including many big names in the art world, for many decades. If you are a lover of arts and if you want to know the inside of a old patrician house in a priviliged location this is one of best places in Amsterdam.

There is also la possibility to rent three very luxurious and big apartments for a minimun stay of three nights.

Contact: [email protected]

Museum Virtual Tour: click here

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Price:

Adult: 6 €

Childrend (from 4 to 12 years): 3 €

Groups (10+) : 4 €

Opening hours:

Mon – Fri: 10:00 to 17:00 pm

Sat – Sun: 12:00 to 17:00 pm

Public holidays: 10:00 to 17:00 pm

Closed: December 25th, January 1st, April 27th

Where:

Herengracht 497, Amsterdam

How to get to The Cat Cabinet:

The Cat Cabinet is just 20 minutes walk from Amsterdam Central Station, 10 minutes from Leidseplein and 5 minutes from Flower Market or Rembrandtplein.

By tram, lines  1 and 2 link the Central Stain with the museum in just 10 minutes.

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Heineken Experience

Just 5 minutes walk from the Museumplein and next to most of the attractions in Amsterdam is located the Heineken Museum, also known as Heineken Experience, one of the most popular tourist attractions, where visitors can see first hand the history , the manufacturing process and the distribution of the most international Dutch beer.

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Located in the premises of the nineteenth century former brewery and converted into a museum in 1991, the visit of about two hours and with a price of 18 euros (including 2 beers), is divided into three parts:

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First part: The corporate history of the company

History of Gerard, Henry and Alfred Heineken, grandfather, son and grandson, respectively, the three most important figures in the company and who made what it is today, the philosophy of business, their business models, their ideas. … the history of Heineken from its beginnings in 1873 when Gerard Heineken founded the company to this day, his granddaughter Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken is currently leading the company.

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Second part: The manufacturing

Water, barley malt, hops and yeast. The four ingredients necessary for its manufacture, at this stage of the visit, the visitor enters the process of brewing step by step making a tour of the old premises where beer was traditionally manufactured.

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Third part: Distribution and corporate image.

Bottling, labeling, distribution, advertising, sponsorship …. the most interactive part of the visit … the corporate image of Heineken from within.

At the end of the visit are two Heineken beers including, the visitor can learn how to pour his own beer.

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Price:

18 euros (online tickets 16€ here)

Audio guides in your language:  2´50 euros

Where:

Stadhouderskade 78 1072 AE Amsterdam‎

Opening Hours:

Monday to Thursday: 11 am – 19:30 pm

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 11am – 20:30 pm

1st January, 30th April and 25th December closed

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Pacomer Traiteur

This Spanish food store is located in the heart of Amsterdam´s Latin quarter, De pijp, just 5 minutes walking for important attractions like Museumplein or Heineken Experience, there you will find everything related with Spanish food to buy and taste.

Pacomer is a Spanish play on words between Paco (nickname for people called Francisco) and “para comer” (to eat), in the store you can buy the most popular Spanish products and besides all the delicacies you will find, you can all also taste daily prepared Tapas and other common spanish dishes.

If you love “paella”, “jamon serrano”, “Jamón Iberico”, “tortilla de patata”, “Queso Manchego (cheese from La Mancha) and more typical Spanish products…. you have to visit this small part of Spain located in the center of Amsterdam, a great place to enjoy one Tapa or a hot dish while you buy first quality products.

You will find some of the products you can buy at the store and the menu here.

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Where:

Gerard Doustraat 66, Amsterdam

Opening hours:

Monday: 12:00 to 18:00

Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 to 18:00

Sunday closed

How to get to Pacomer Traiteur:

Tram lines 6 and 24 link Amsterdam Central Station with Pacomer Traiteur in just 20 minutes (Albert Cuypstraat Stop). Pacomer is only 1 minute walking from the tram stop.

Pacomer Traiteur website: www.pacomertraiteur.nl

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Sunday Market, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam

Every first Sunday of the month, Sunday Market is the monthly Fashion, Food and Art & Design Market in Amsterdam. Located in Westergasfabriek, former gasworks in Amsterdam Westerpark district, used now as a cultural venue.

The Sunday Market is inspired by London markets like Camden and Portobello where shopping, inspiration and creativity go hand in hand, offers a platform for designers , artists and creatives to show themselves directly to the public and at the same time it is an accessible way for the public to get in touch with unique design.

On the Sunday Market you’ll find a selection of different designs in the field of interior and product design, ceramics , dress, fashion, jewelry, accessories , art, affordable art, kids’design, beautiful organic products, and delicious food and drink from The Netherlands and arround the world.

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When:

Every first Sunday of the month (except in June will June 8 instead of June 1)

Next Sunday Markets:

2nd March 2014

6th April 2014

4th May 2014

Where:

Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam

How to get to Westergasfabriek:

From Central Station to Westergasfabriek is only 15 minutes by Bus number 21. Bus Stop: Van Hallstraat (Haarlemmerweg)

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Amsterdam Arena

By Angel Moreno Tena – The home of Ajax Amsterdam and Dutch National Team.

Half an hour by public transport from the center of Amsterdam, in the district of Amsterdam-Zuidoost, Amsterdam Arena is a must for lovers of football. Opened in 1996 and rated four stars by UEFA is one of the most beautiful and important stadium in the recent history of European football. This stadium has hosted major events including 1998 Champions League Final, semi-final of Euro 2000 and the final of the Europa League in 2013.

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The historic city team Ajax Amsterdam, the most important of The Netherlands, known worldwide and winner of four Champions League play their home games in this stadium. Several of the best players ever as Johan Cruyff, Marco Van Basten and Clarence Seedorf played for this team.

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The Dutch National Team, one of the best teams in the world, finalist in three World Cups in 1974, 1978 and 2010, and winner of Euro 1988, plays most of his home games in this stadium.

The guided tour of the stadium takes an hour and visitors learn about the history of the stadium and the team Ajax Amsterdam in addition to enjoy the experience of visiting the press room, locker rooms and playing field.

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The tour is conducted in English and Dutch, seven days a week.

Adult price: 14´50 euros

Children price: 9´50 euros

More information and schedules on: www.amsterdamarena.nl

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AMSTERDAM ARENA

Arena Boulevard 1,1101 AX Amsterdam Zuidoost

 +31 20 311 1333 ‎ · amsterdamarena.nl
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Zaanse Schans

In the town of Zaandam, just 12 km north of Amsterdam, Zaanse Schans, with a million visitors annually is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the north of Holland. During your visit you will take part of a 18th and 19th century Dutch living and working community. Relocated in that location piece by piece in 1961 and built in the typically Dutch wooden architectural style.

Barns, wooden windmills, houses, museums… there is so much to see, taste, smell and discover. Zaanse Schans is an amazing visit where you can also visit traditional clogs and cheese shops where is recreated how they were made ​​at the time and you are able to buy that products.

The visit will take you half a day, admission to Zaanse Schans is free of charge.

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Price:

Free of charge

Where:

Zaanse Schans, Zaandam (12 km from Amsterdam)

When:

Open all year

Opening hours:

During the high season (april till november) everything is open between 10 am and 17 pm

In low season is not open everything the whole week. The opening times are different. Check the Zaanse Schans website to know about opening times.

How to get to Zaanse Schans:

From Amsterdam you can get to Zaanse Schans by train, bus, car and bicycle.

You can consult all the ways to get Zaanse Schans on: www.dezaanseschans.nl/en/how-to-get-there/

Full information about Zaanse Schans on the website

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Book Market on the Spui

Every Friday of the year from 10 am to 6 pm on the Spui square in the city center of Amsterdam you can visit “Boekenmarkt Op Het Spui”, book market where you can find old, rare, second hand and out-of-print books.

The location of this market is privileged, Spui square is situated in the heart of Amsterdam, this place has become the most popular destination in Amsterdam for book lovers, in addiction to the book market in this square and its surroundings there are several book stores including some specializing in English literature.

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From more than 20 years ago about 25 booksellers from around the country every Friday bring their books to the square and hundreds of tourists and Amsterdammers visit the market week after week attracted by the atmosphere, quality  and charm of this small market. Historical, fiction, travel, biography….. in English, Dutch, German, French also Spanish and Italian… books on almost every subject can be found in this market, and if you do not find what you need? no problem, consult with booksellers and possibly they will have it in stock. 

If is Friday and you are in Amsterdam do not miss the opportunity to visit this market, where books are not everything, there you can also find maps, postcards and old documents.

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Where?

Spui is a small square in the center of Amsterdam, near the canal singel and only 15 minutes walk from the central station.

When?

Every Friday of the year from 10 am to 6 pm.

How to get to the Book Market:

From Amsterdam Central Station tram lines 1,2 and 5 (Spui stop) take you in just 5 minutes to Spui Square.

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