City & Region


Amsterdam. City of tolerance, freedom, magnificent architecture, canals, bridges and, last but by no means least, the museums of Vincent van Gogh and Rembrandt van Rijn. A wonderful city, too, for shopping and nightlife.

A few highlights

Amsterdam has been a city of diamonds for centuries. Visit Gassan Diamonds. They offer complimentary tours daily.

Hopping on a bike is a great way to experience the Amsterdam way of life. The city is home to almost 900,000 bikes! You can rent a bike for one or more days at our reception desk.

Amsterdam has a large variety of restaurants to suit all wallets. The cuisines of the world await you! To help you choose, have a look at Dinnersite. Next to the Botel lies the Pollux Pacific: a top, beautifully decorated Indo-Asian restaurant on board an historic three-master.

A visit to Amsterdam ArenA is a must for football fans. The home ground of Ajax, ArenA organises daily tours and has a museum dedicated to the club’s history. Also big concerts take place in the ArenA.

Amsterdam has dozens of unique museums. Everyone knows the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank Museum, but there’s so much more to discover. You’ll find an overview on the iAmsterdam website.

A visit to Amsterdam wouldn’t be complete without a canal cruise through the city’s waterways. Canal cruise boats depart from and return to the Amsterdam Central Station and many other locations in the city.

Dinner at Boom Chicago followed by a comedy show (English spoken) is always a hit.


Amsterdam surroundings

De Zaanse Schans is one of the most beautiful spots in the Netherlands. You participate actively in a vibrant and impressive living and working community which dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries. It’s packed with wooden windmills, barns, houses and museums. Come and see crafts like traditional clog making and cheese making, or visit the different windmills and traditional buildings.

The former fishing village of Marken has been an important tourist attraction for more than a century. It’s famous for its traditional costumes and characteristic wooden houses on stilts. What’s even older are the ‘werven’, small man-made mounds that people built their houses on.
Discover the Dyke in the historic fishing village of Volendam, with its myriad gift shops, restaurants and terraces, where hundreds of tourists revel in the authentic atmosphere and enjoy views of the harbour and the IJsselmeer every day. Have your photo taken in traditional costume.Try a herring or golden-brown smoked eel.
Fancy a romantic seaside sunset? Or sunbathing at the beach? Zandvoort beach is just a stone’s throw from Amsterdam by train or car.

Visiting Amsterdam in the spring? Don’t miss the Keukenhof. Millions of tulips are in bloom from the end of March. The Keukenhof encompasses 32 hectares and is a tour de force in traditional and contemporary landscape architecture.

Extensive information about all the sights is available from the Botel reception desk. They’ll also book excursions for you.