The B&B neighborhood is very quiet and green. A lot of shops, excellent restaurants, tourist attractions, the famous Hermitage and other museums are on your doorstep.
Art and Culture
What we do in this guide is list places of interest near The Flying Pancake. Your regular Amsterdam guidebooks will tell you about all the other places. This is our selection, of what we like best.
- Onze Lieve Heer op zolder - Museum Amstelkring - Oudezijdsvoorburgwal 40, tel. 6246604. "Our Lord in the Attic." Not many tourists make it here. A secret catholic church hidden in the attic of a canal house originating from the 17th century, at a time catholicism was illegal in Holland. Where in the world can you find that? And it is all original. Strongly recommended!
- Rembrandthuis - Jodenbreestraat 4. Just a 5 minute walk from your suite. Rembrandt used to live in this house and many of his famous paintings have been painted here! Wander through his house and look at the large selection of his etches. Check for special exhibitions.
Museum of Bags and Purses "Hendrikje"
- Herengracht 573. A must see for all ladies who love handbags!
This unique museum shows the history of the ladies bag in Western culture from the Middle Ages to current times. The collection consists of more than 3500 objects.
At the museum shop also sells a wide selection of designer handbags.
It is located in a large historic canal house.
- Nieuwe Herengracht 14. The Hermitage Amsterdam is a satellite of the world famous Hermitage in St. Petersburg. It shows changing expositions from their large collection. On their website you can see what is on at the moment.
The museum is being currently being implemented in a elderly home built in 1681 along the Amstel river. It is not completely finished yet, but there are already 6 exhibition galeries open for public.
Theatres, concerts, movies
- Theater Tuschinski - Reguliersbreestraat 26/28/34, tel. 0900 1458. One of the most beautiful movie theaters in the world with acres of art-deco murals, silk wall-hangings and tropical wood inlay, nine hundred art nouveau lamps of stained glass and bronze, furniture designed for the lounges of ocean liners, hand-knotted carpeting, and a Wurlitzer theater organ with 5,000 pipes. Take the VIP arrangement in Thuschinski 1 and enjoy this art-deco miracle in style and sit where the Queen sits when she goes to the movies.
- Royal Theatre Carre - Amstel 115-125. Many musicals and shows and cabaret. Check what is on on their website. One of the most beautiful historical theaters.
- Amstel 3. Het Muziektheater is the theater of residence for The Netherlands Opera and the Dutch National Ballet. Also other companies and productions from around the world can be seen here.
The Muziektheater is located in the Stopera, which is a large and modern building which also serves as town-hall.
- The Hortus Botanicus - Plantage Middenlaan 2a. The Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam is one of the oldest botanic gardens in the world, it originates from 1638. Today, there are more than 6,000 plants growing in the garden and greenhouses. Behind the old gates, the bustle of the city seems to disappear.
- Artis was founded in 1838 and is the oldest zoo in The Netherlands. It still shows its historical character. In an area of 14 hectares around 700 species of animals provide a magnificent overview of the entire animal kingdom. Next to the animals there is also a Planetarium which is very interesting.
I often pop in with the children, who almost see this as their own backyard. Mind you, on a clear summers day with specific wind, we can hear the monkeys outside our house.
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