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The European Travel Companion to Vermeer: Amsterdam

Traveling in the Netherlands is usually uncomplicated. Trains from Amsterdam Centraal and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport leave in every direction to all the major cities, usually every half-hour. The train schedule doesn't change so the timetables do not change for the summer or winter seasons, with either with Intercity trains (sneltrein) or normal stoptrein (stopping also in smaller cities and suburbs).

Train conductors usually announce information in Dutch. However, you will always find an official that can speak good English.

An entire day is required to visit Amsterdam's two major museums: the Rijksmuseum and the Rembrandt-House or Amstelkring Museum (see$$$$$). Strolling through the city is particularly eventful. Must-sees are (town center) the Dam square with the Royal Palace (the former Town Hall) and the Nieuwe Kerk, well known from seventeenth-century cityscapes). One may also take a boat ride on the ring of canals (grachtengordel). that circle through Amsterdam, which is called the "Venice of the North." Like Venice, however, foreigners may become easily disorientated, so always to carry a detailed city map.

Useful information to the Dutch system of telephone numbers:

The leading "0" of the area code is dropped when calling from abroad, but has to be
added when calling from within the Netherlands (then without the international country code 0031).

Information compiled by Adelheid Rech

Woman in Blue Reading a Letter, Johannes Vermeer Woman in Blue Reading a Letter
Johannes Vermeer
c. 1662–1665
Oil on canvas, 46.5 x 39 cm.
Rijksmuseum , Amsterdam
The Love Letter, Johannes Vermeer The Love Letter
Johannes Vermeer
c. 1667–1670
Oil on canvas, 44 x 38.5.cm.
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
The Milkmaid, Johannes Vermeer The Milkmaid
Johannes Vermeer
c. 1658–1661
Oil on canvas, 45.5 x 41 cm.
Rijksmuseum , Amsterdam
The Little Street, Johannes Vermeer The Little Street
Johannes Vermeer
c. 1657–1661
Oil on canvas, 54.3 x 44 cm.
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
travel & public transport
accommodations
museums RIJKSMUSEUM, AMSERDAM
http://www.rijksmuseum.nl/?lang=en
  • address:
    Rijksmuseum, The Masterpieces and Infocentre (The New Rijksmuseum)
    Jan Luijkenstraat 1, 1071 CJ Amsterdam
  • phone:
    +31 (0)20 6747000
  • contact for questions:
    http://www.rijksmuseum.nl/contact?lang=en
  • opening hours:

    9:00 to 17:00 daily, all days of the year: so the museum is also open on Christmas day, Boxing day and New Year's day. The Rijksmuseum Gardens, Rijks Shop and Café are also open to visitors without a ticket from 9:00 to 18:00.

  • ticketing:
  • Click here for Online tickets
  • 15 persons or more? Register your group visit
  • At the ticket counter in the museum

You do not have to go to the ticket counter if you have:
an e-ticket, a Museumkaart, a membership card ICOM KOG, VVAK, Vereniging Rembrandt or an admission ticket purchased at a hotel.

Adults: € 17.50
Children aged 18 and under: free admission
Friends of the Rijksmuseum: free admission
Museumkaart holders, I Amsterdam City Card, members of ICOM, ICOMOS, the Rembrandt Association (Vereniging Rembrandt), KOG, Stadspas, VVAK, BankGiro Lottery VIP-Card: free admission
Holders of CJP or EYCA: € 8,75
Attention:
Baggage and person are checked before entering the Rijksmuseum. Take care not to have drinking bottles in your bag!

  • public transport:
    from Central Station: tram 2 or 5 till tramstop "Hobbemastraat" (previous stop: "Leidseplein"). From regional bus terminal on Marnixstraat: bus 358 (direction: "Badhoevedorp") till stop "Hobbemastraat." You can also take the Canal Bus as well.
  • recommendation:
    Times when all four Vermeers are on display in the museum have become rare in the last years! Even The Love Letter is frequently on tour. In any case it is best to check first with the Vermeer Tracker and then write to the Rijksmuseum before making definitive travel plans.:
  • Interactive Vermeer-Catalogue
    http://www.essentialvermeer.com/vermeer_painting_part_one.html
misc.
  • For those who are also interested in the art of Rembrandt, don't miss the Rembrandt-House, which Rembrandt bought in 1639 and where he lived and worked—he later had to sell it due to the enormous costs of running the house which, among others, caused his financial ruin.
  • Museum Rembrandt-House
    http://www.rembrandthuis.nl/cms_pages/index_main.html
    Jodenbreestraat 4 1011 NK Amsterdam The Netherlands
    phone: +31 (0)20 5200 400 F +31 (0)20 5200 401
    e-mail: museum@rembrandthuis.nl

    The Rembrandt House museum is located in the center of Amsterdam, near the famous Waterlooplein and a 5 minutes' walk from Amsterdam's Central Station. Public Transport Metro:
    Every line from and to CS Amsterdam, Nieuwmarkt Station, Hoogstraat exit.
    Tram Lines 9 and 14, Waterlooplein stop.
  • An interesting insight into life in a seventeenth-century Dutch bourgeous house is provided by the Amstelkring-Museum, the house of a wealthy Amsterdam merchant who even built a "schuilkerk," a "hidden church" into the attic of his house so that Catholic citizens of Amsterdam could celebrate the Holy Mass, which was forbidden in public places. This hidden church, complete with a small organ and altar, was nicknamed "Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder" - "Our Lord in the Attic."
  • Amstelkring-Museum "Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder"
    http://www.opsolder.nl/eng/home.php

    Oudezijds Voorburgwal 40
    1012 GE Amsterdam
    T +31(0)20 624 66 04
    F +31(0)20 638 18 22
    email: info@opsolder.nl

    directions to the museum:
    The museum is a five minutes' walk from Central Station and even closer to Nieuwmarkt metro station. Trams 4, 9, 16, 24 and 25 stop at Dam Square, from where the museum is also just five minutes walk.