Amsterdam

Traveling in th e Netherlands is usually uncomplicated. From Amsterdam Centraal resp. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport trains leave to all the major cities in every direction, usually each half an hour (the timetable doesn't change so the timetables in the stations don't have to be changed for summer- or winter schedule), either with Intercity (sneltrein) or normal stoptrein (stopping also in smaller cities and suburbs).

Train conductors usually announce travel information in Dutch only and on the platforms. However, you will always find an official that can speak good English.

One whole day is required to visit of two museums (Rijksmuseum and Rembrandt-House or Amstelkring Museum, see below) and some strolling through the city (central place: the Dam square with the Royal Palace (the former Town Hall) and the Nieuwe Kerk, well known from 17th century cityscapes) or a boat-trip on the ring of canals (grachtengordel) is sufficient. Amsterdam is also called the "Venice of the North" and like Venice orientation for foreigners is not always easy, so take care always to have a detailed city map with you.

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 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
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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
  • the Rijksmuseum is actually under extensive reconstruction (read here):
    http://www.rijksmuseum.nl/verbouwing/veelgestelde-vragen?lang=en
    But the Masterpieces (including the four Vermeers) are displayed in the "Philips Wing" of the museum. The re-opening is planned for 2013.
  • opening hours:
    Rijksmuseum, The Masterpieces
    Every day from 9:00 to 18:00
    Closed: 1 January
    On 25 December the museum closes at 18.00
    Please note: the museum ticket counter closes at 17:30!
  • 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.
  • online museum entrance tickets:
    https://ticketing2.wheretocard.nl/rijksmuseum/ctrl/orderentry?language=en

    Attention:
    There is a check of any baggage and person (similar to that in the airports) before entering the Rijksmuseum. Take care not to have drinking bottles in your bag!
  • 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 check the Vermeer –Tracker:
    http://flyingfox.jonathanjanson.com/tracking-vermeer/
    or the Interactive Vermeer-Catalogue
    http://www.essentialvermeer.com/vermeer_painting_part_one.html
    before any planned Vermeer-trip.
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  • For those who are also interested in the art of Rembrandt, don't miss the Rembrandt-House, that house Rembrandt bought in 1639 where he lived with his family and had his workshop there, but 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 on 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 17th century Dutch bourgeous house provides the Amstelkring-Museum, the house of a wealthy Amsterdam merchant from the 17th century who even built a "schuilkerk," a "hidden church" into the attic of his house, to enable the Catholic citizens of Amsterdam to celebrate the Holy Mass, which was forbidden to Catholics in that times to do on public places. This remarkable hidden church, complete with a small organ and altar, was then
    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 around five minutes from Central Station by foot 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.