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  • Museum market

Every thirth sunday of the month12- 6 PM (Free entrance)The hotest outdours designers market in the hart of the city! Unique products offered by the designers themselvers. A place to shop, meet, enjoy good food and music.

Location of the Museum Market: Museumplein (behind Rijks Museum)

  • Art

Van Gogh Museum-  Van Gogh Museum

Moco Museuml
To find out more visit: Moco Museum

Jewish Historical Museum- To find out more visit: Jewish Historical Museum

Madame Tussauds
Open all year
Art has never been so much fun! Step into the world of the Dutch Masters and immerse yourself in some of the greatest paintings ever made at this new, interactive art exhibition at Madame Tussauds in Amsterdam. To find out more visit: Madame Tussauds

Modern art museum
To find out more visit: Stedelijk

To find out more visit: Nieuwekerk

Photo museum. To find out more visit: Foam

The art of Banksy, Beurs van Berlage
18th June- 30th September, 2016
The Art of Banksy consists of key artworks that mark the prolific street artist’s colorful climb to fame. Original canvasses, paintings, sculptures and interactive storytelling let’s you experience poignant periods of Banksy’s career. All pieces come from private collectors and the curators collection. Steve Lazarides is an English art gallery owner best known for his role as agent for street artist Banksy. To find out more visit: Beurs van Berlage

Exploring Amsterdam

What makes Amsterdam so unique? Pretty much everything! This beautiful, seven century old city was built on the water. The old town hasn’t changed over the past 400 years and its main roads, are the charming canals. The water has always been a large part of the city, and it has in fact made the Netherlands one of the richest countries of the 17th century and you will find evidence of that throughout the city today. Aside from the extraordinary historical value, Amsterdam maintains its reputation as a modern and thriving metropolis!

The beautiful buildings, the intimate narrow streets, the hidden gardens and its grand canals create an exceptional atmosphere. The best way to get around is on foot or by bicycle, just like a local does. However, don’t forget to take a boat trip on the canals. Amsterdam seen from the water is simply beautiful! We’ve listed some of the nicest things do in this city. Please do not hesitate to use our knowledge and experience to your advantage during your stay in our hotel! We will make sure you have an experience like no other in this city. 

  • Take a boat tour over the canals of Amsterdam.
    A canal cruise through the city’s waterways gives you a unique view of many spectacular Amsterdam sights, like the 17th century mansions, humpbacked bridges, quirky houseboats and stunning architectural design ranging from medieval to modern. The historical canal district of Amsterdam was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2011. At the Conservatorium Hotel, we can arrange for a lovely, tailor-made private boat tour.


  • Visit one of the many museums.
    Alongside the wealth of majestic Golden Age paintings, you'll find exciting modern art, film and photography museums and somewhat more unique museums. The Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House are among the most popular museums the city has to offer. You can enjoy the lustre and beauty of our Royal Palace on Dam square or see what a wealthy merchant's house from the 18th century originally looked like in the Willet Holthuys Museum.


  • Explore Amsterdam on foot with a guide.
    Simply walking through Amsterdam is one of the best ways to get to know the city. With its marvellous heritage, the many picturesque bridges to cross, the enchanting canal district, the beautiful architecture and the countless cosy cafés for breaks along the way, exploring Amsterdam by foot offers hours of sightseeing. Did you know that each building has a different story behind it? At the Conservatorium hotel we work with experienced guides who have a thorough knowledge of the city. Each tour can be customized just to your needs.


  • Eat in one of the city’s amazing restaurants.
    Looking for a quick bite, a refreshing drink or a romantic three-course dinner? Amsterdam has all of that and much more. From grand cafés and historical watering holes to Michelin star restaurants and the best in seasonal produce.


  • Rent a bicycle, or do a guided bicycle tour.
    Amsterdam has been raked the most bicycle-friendly city in the world and the best way to get around this city is by bicycle, just like the locals do. Cycling is fun, efficient and easy, thanks to the multitude of bike paths in the city. At the Conservatorium hotel, we have bicycles for rent. We could also arrange for an experienced private guide to take you on a tour through the city. It is a must do while in Amsterdam!


  • Shop until you drop!
    With everything from multi-storey department stores and exclusive boutiques, to antiques and contemporary Dutch design. Amsterdam inspires even the most discerning shopper.


  • Visit Amsterdam’s galleries and design shops.
    Amsterdam is the most important cultural and artistic centre to the north of Paris and between London and Cologne. Art galleries play a major role in the rich cultural scene of Amsterdam. There are also several exceptional design stores in Amsterdam and the majority carry (famous) Dutch Design. 


  • Explore Amsterdam’s bar scene.
    Whether you are looking for a stylish night out in one of Amsterdam’s trendy cocktail bars, an exhilarating evening in one of its world famous clubs, or if you would prefer a calmer evening spent drinking locally brewed beer in one of our historical brown cafes, you will find that Amsterdam’s night life has something for everyone. 


  • Visit a Market.
    Amsterdam has a number of vibrant local markets filled with food, flowers, vintage knick-knacks, clothing and antiques. Visiting one of the many open air markets is undoubtedly one of the best ways to soak up the local atmosphere and culture.


  • Unwind in a park
    According to the official list there are about 30 parks in Amsterdam, ranging from one hectare (Wertheimpark) to 48 hectares (Vondelpark, within walking distance from the hotel). The sheer number of parks makes Amsterdam a peaceful oasis even on the busiest of days.

Amsterdam with Children

Whether your children are toddlers or teenagers, Amsterdam is a top destination for families. Where else can you take a canal cruise, visit a working windmill and get scared out of your wits in a dungeon – all in one day? Below our recommendations!

Artis Royal Zoo

Artis Royal Zoo was the first zoo to be established in the Netherlands, and it’s located right in the centre of Amsterdam. It’s a beautiful and green place where nature and cultural heritage come together; a place where history has been created since 1838 and where new stories are created daily. Always a lovely choice for when with children.
Opening hours: 365 days a year | 9:00 - 17:00 (winter) & 9:00 - 18:00 (summer)
Admission: 3 - 9 years old €16,50, 10 and up €19,95

NEMO Science Center

Take a voyage of discovery at NEMO Science Center, where children can playfully experience science and technology all day long. Its five floors are filled with continuously updated exhibitions, theatre performances, films, workshops and demonstrations. Everything is interactive, so everyone can join in with the fun and learning, especially in NEMO's Laboratory.

Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 - 17:30. School holidays and May to August also on Monday
Admission: €15 over age 4. Children under 4 are free

Tropenmuseum Junior

Located in a majestic building on the edge of the Oosterpark, Tropenmuseum Junior was created especially for children from ages 6 to 13. It is part of the Tropenmuseum, a renowned institution focused on non-Western cultures. The interactive exhibits introduce children to new cultures in a playful way that sparks their curiosity.
Opening hours: Saturday, Sunday and during holidays | programs between 11:00 - 17:00
Admission: 4 - 18 years €8, adults €12,50

Bleekemolens Race Planet Amsterdam

Bleekemolens Race Planet is an indoor go-cart centre with two tracks and a huge playground with a slide, jungle gym and more. You’ll also find miniature golf, bowling and a games centre. Suitable for children from ages 2 to 16 (and their parents), it’s the perfect location for a day of family fun, a school trip or a birthday party.
Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 13:00 - 18:00, Wednesday and Friday 13:00 - 18:00, Saturday 11:00 - 19:00, Sunday 11:00 - 18:00
Admission: Karting & Playing €18,50 | Minimum age 8, minimum length 1.40 meters

Hollandsche Manege (Dutch Riding School) – Live horses museum

Built in 1882, the Hollandsche Manege (Dutch Riding School) was inspired by Spanish riding schools. Completely restored in 1986, the school still offers daily riding classes. There’s also a small restaurant and rooms are available to hire for meetings, parties and receptions. A lovely place to visit, close to Vondelpark.
Opening hours: Daily 10:00 - 17:00
Admission: Until 3 years free, 3 - 12 years €4, 12 and up €8

TunFun Indoor Playground
Built in a former traffic underpass, TunFun is an indoor playground paradise for children from ages 0 to 12. Under adult supervision, they can enjoy hours of active, creative and adventurous fun in a huge 4000 m2 indoor playground.
Opening hours: Daily 10:00 - 18:00
Admission: 1 - 12 year old: €8,50, under 1 and parents are free

Woeste Westen

Located on the northwest edge of Westerpark, it’s a place for adventurous children to get their hands dirty and learn more about nature. Children can dig, climb, play in the sand, wade through the streams and pick a bouquet of wildflowers under supervision of the playground managers.
Opening hours: Daily 11:00 - 18:00
Admission: Free (admission until age 13)

Miniport Amsterdam
At Miniport Amsterdam, kids can take to the water and captain a very special 'mini' vessel – such as a police boat, lifeboat or even a cruise ship! Located on the calm waters of the Amsterdamse Bos, this is the perfect place to get the young ones hooked on maritime adventures, all led by experienced and professional staff and with all essential safety equipment.
Opening hours: April - October (if the weather is ok) on Wednesday afternoon and in the weekends
Admission: Entrance fees are per boat with a maximum of 4 passengers (for example 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children) | 15 minutes of sailing €10, 30 minutes of sailing €15

Het De Mirandabad (swimming pool)

Subtropical swimming pool complex with a beach, palm trees, several indoor and outdoor pools, and wave machines. Other amenities include squash courts, a solarium, and a restaurant. The outdoor pools are open from 1 May to 1 September.
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 19:00 – 21:00, Monday also 09:00 – 15:30, Wednesday 12:15 – 18:00, Thursday 12:00 – 15:30 and on Saturday and Sunday 09:00 – 16:00
Admission: €4,10

Koos Kneus Poppentheater (puppet theatre)

Every Sunday and Wednesday, Koos Kneus puts on good old-fashioned puppet shows filled with humour and music. The shows are suitable for children from 2 to 8 years old, but you’ll often catch the parents and grandparents giggling along with the kids. After the performance, children can play dress-up, get their face painted and enjoy a drink and snack – all included with admission.
Opening hours: See their website for show hours, Wednesday and Sunday)
Admission: €8

Minigolf Amstelpark

Play mini golf at the Amstelpark with the family, your company or a bachelor party. There are 18 tracks to be played. After your game you can enjoy d rinks and food at the terrace.
Opening hours: Between 10:00 – 18:00 however varies per season, be advised to see their website for exact hours
Admission: €7

De Pijp Petting Zoo
De Pijp petting zoo is located in a residential neighbourhood on the south side of Amsterdam, close to Hotel Okura. The petting zoo has a wide variety of small domestic and farm animals, including sheep, chickens, goats, rabbits, guinea pigs and more.
Opening hours: Mon to Fri 11:00 - 17:00, Sat & Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Admission: free

Amstelpark Petting Zoo

Inside the Amstelpark, next to the playground, you’ll find a petting zoo filled with small farm animals. You can visit the chickens, goats, rabbits and donkeys every day from 10:00 to 16:00.
Opening hours: Daily 10:00 – 16:00, be advised to see their website for exact hours
Admission: free


The Vondelpark is Amsterdam's most popular park, attracting tourists, residents, and everyone in between. Vondelpark has six play areas and one large playground near Groot Melkhuis. It is also possible to rent skates there at Snoephuisje (near Amstelveenseweg entrance), pancake are served there as well. In June until beginning of September, the open air-theatre stages free children's shows. Vondelpark is within 5 minutes walking distance from Conservatorium hotel.
Opening hours: 365 days per year
Admission: free

Pancake Cruise

For a great pancake adventure, try cruising around the former Amsterdam harbor enjoying all you can eat pancakes on the infamous Pancake boat. You can cruise around for 1 or 2.5 hours. Children can go to the giant decoration table where they will find the most wonderful things enabling them to design the very best pan cake creations.
Opening hours: 365 days per year
Admission: free

Jewish Historical Museum Children's Museum

As part of the Jewish Historical Museum, this museum on three floors is designed to teach children about Judaism, but from a child’s perspective. Kids can visit a working kitchen and learn about the kosher tradition or visit the Hollanders – a fictional Amsterdam Jewish family – to see what their home life is like. Children can play with traditional Jewish musical instruments, listen to music and try to compose their own melodies. A variety of films and workshops are also available.
Opening hours: Daily 11:00 – 17:00
Admission: Adults €15, children 13 - 17 €7,50, children 6 - 12 €3,75, under 6 free. The ticket price includes admission to the other three nearby Jewish institutions.

Van Gogh Museum Family Guide

At the Van Gogh Museum, children can be entertained and informed with a special audio guide, tailored to each person's age. Available in English and Dutch.
Opening hours: Open daily 9:00 - 17:00 and until 22:00 on Fridays
Admission: Adults €15, children free. The multimeda guide costs €5 for adults, €2,50 for children 13-17 years. Children aged 6-12 join their parents for free.

Water Bicycle

Of course Amsterdam is the No. 1 cycling city in the world, and you can even cycle through the canals! Great fun for the kids and a fun alternative to taking your children on a standard Amsterdam canal cruise.
Opening hours: Open at 10:00, depending on the weather closing times can vary.
Admission: 1 hour €8 per person, 1,5 hour €11 and 2 hours €14.

Madame Tussauds

More an attractive ride in an indoor amusement park, than an old fashioned wax figures cabinet, Madam Tussauds in Amsterdam has been modernized, equipped with multimedia effects, set to employ actors and extras and like any amusement park it addresses itself mainly to children and teenage visitors.
Opening hours: Daily 10:00 – 19:00.
Admission: Adult €22,50, Children €18,50.

This is Holland

Experience a unique flying experience, soaring over the Dutch must‐see locations. Fly like a bird and marvel at the diversity, beauty and richness of the Netherlands. Don’t forget to breathe, you’re in good hands!
THIS IS HOLLAND contains 4 shows, including the 9-minute 5D Flight Experience.

Summer 29.03.2019 till 29.09.2019
Daily open from 10:00 - 20:00

Winter 01.10.2019 till 28.03.2020
Daily open from 10:00 - 19:00

A visit to THIS IS HOLLAND lasts 1 hour on average.
Admission prices 2019
Adult €17,50
Children under 13 years old €10,00
You save €1,50 if you book your adult tickets online.

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