Amsterdam Journals

Art and Amsterdamming

A February 2006 trip to Amsterdam by AsianPersuasian

Mauritshuis The Royal Picture Gallery Photo, Den Haag/The Hague, Netherlands More Photos
Quote: Amsterdam is an art lover's paradise. A place for those who want to see masterpieces, but do not want to deal with the crowds.

Hotel Annamarie

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Hotel Annamarie Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Hotel AnneMarie is a combination of a hostel and a budget hotel in the center of Amsterdam. The hostel is very central and located near the best coffee shops, museums, and transportation.A supermarket is just across the street, a great place to buy your food and beer at a cheap price and save a lot of money on your trip. The staff at the hotel is also a great source of information, they are willing to do just about anything to help you out.Hotel AnnaMarie has three floors, so if you are old and out of shape do not stay here. By the time you reach the third floor, which was where I stayed, you will be out of breath. The room I stayed in had three bunk beds and a sink--a room I shared wi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 22, 2006

Hotel Annamarie
Jan Willem Brouwerstraat 14
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1071 LJ
+31 (20) 4703007

Stayokay Hostel Vondelpark

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Like all Youth Hostel International accommodations, this place was pretty standard and had a college dorm room feel. The staff was helpful and the place was packed with information about things to do. The building itself was once a school so it gave it a really great atmosphere...however, it was not that homey and could be a little more sterile. The room I stayed in was a bright, open bay of about 20 or so beds, in general it was pretty quiet, but if you are a light sleeper you will not be able to rest...I recommend earplugs. In the dorm room each person is assigned a bed and a wall locker. Remember to bring a lock. In the larger dorms there are two bathrooms, each with one shower, one ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 7, 2006

Stayokay Hostel Vondelpark
Zandpad 5
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1054 GA
+31 (20) 589 89 96

Rijksmuseum

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Rijksmuseum Photo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Partially closed down for renovations until 2009, Rijksmuseum still offers one of the best displays of art I have seen thus far. In addition to a variety of other artists, the museum houses works by great 17th century Dutch masters, Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Vermeer, and Rembrandt. I highly recommend the audio tour. For a couple of euros it is very enlightening and and illuminates the painting's history and nuances. The museum itself is also a work of art. The architectural details, inside and out, are as equally impressive as the collection of masterpieces within. Admission costs: 10 euroThe Rijksmuseum is open every day from 9am to 6pm, Fridays from 6pm to 10pm. Close...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 7, 2006

Rijksmuseum
Stadhouderskade 42
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1071 ZD
+31 20 674 70 00

Mauritshuis The Royal Picture Gallery

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Mauritshuis The Royal Picture Gallery Photo, Den Haag/The Hague, Netherlands
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Let me just say...It is totally worth your time to side trip here. My friend and I came to the Hague with the sole purpose of seeing Vermeer's "A Girl with a Pearl Earring" and it was worth the ticket and the train ride.When you go, try to make it early in the morning when they first open up. In a museum as small as this crowds can be a pain. Every wall of the museum is covered in well selected masterpieces, no space is wasted on filler. I can safely say this is one of the best museums in Holland. Simply because it is simple and the pieces are well selected and displayed.They are open Tues-Sat 10:00am to 5:00pm; Sundays and holidays 11-5. They are closed Mondays.The cost ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 25, 2006

Mauritshuis The Royal Picture Gallery
Korte Vijverberg 8
The Hague, Netherlands 2513
31 (70) 302-3456

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