With world-class museums, quirky festivals, live music, laid-back bars and delightful restaurants, there’s never a shortage of things to do in Amsterdam! In your possession, there are also 25 beautiful old courtyards, the countless pavement cafés or one of the 55 theatres.
The Netherlands’ capital city has been a centre of creativity and culture for centuries. From its humble beginnings as a 13th-century fishing village to its current role as an essential hub for business, tourism and culture, Amsterdam has a strong tradition as a centre of culture and commerce. During the 17th-century (the Golden Age), the city became famous as the leading hub of trade and art; in the 1960s, it emerged as Europe’s magical centre. People have made the city unique; it has a highly individual, spirited and young-at-heart character. Amsterdam’s inhabitants are known for their friendly, tolerant and cosmopolitan nature; so not too surprisingly, most speak at least two languages (English is almost always one of them). With inhabitants from 177 different cultures, Amsterdam is one of the top three most diverse cities in the world.
Amsterdam has 51 museums with a wide range of permanent collections and temporary exhibitions. The largest and most renowned institutions include the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk Museum, the Anne Frank House, the baroque Royal Palace on Dam Square and the Rembrandthuis. But there are many more appealing museums and similar institutions worthy of attention from, for example, the Joods Historisch Museum (Jewish Historical Museum) to the Tassenmuseum Hendrikje (Museum of Bags and Purses). Or what about Foam (International Photography Museum), the Nieuwe Kerk and the Hermitage? Amsterdam has museums and galleries for everyone, irrespective of their tastes.
With 177 nationalities living here, eating out in Amsterdam is as varied as its multicultural population. There is a wealth of international cuisine on offer. Experience the exotic flavours of an Indonesian rice table or dine in a genuine Bedouin tent. From authentic Spanish tapas and award-winning Japanese food to organic-focused fusion cuisine and Michelin-starred French dishes. Amsterdam has a global gastronomic scene. So if your delegates are homesick for their style of cooking or are in the mood for a culinary adventure, they will not be disappointed by the selection in Amsterdam. Many of the restaurants can accommodate groups and banquets, and there are plenty of smaller establishments for guests looking for a relaxed dining experience to end the day.