I can assure you that Amsterdam looks like a stage set when you bike or walk from one venue to another. Not only because of its beauty, but also because there’s no time to look behind the romantic facades.
So…why not stay a little longer and take time to digest the inspiration, knowledge, and new friendships after a three day feast of Shiatsu. Alone.
Or bring your partner and children. Amsterdam has plenty to see and do.
Here’s some practical information and ideas for how to spend a short break in Amsterdam.

Text: Daphne Riabokon

Public Transport Chip Card

We use rechargeable cards for all public transport in the Netherlands.

Cycling in Amsterdam

Where to rent a bike

Arts, culture and entertainment 

For basic information about cultural activities visit www.amsterdam.info  and read about things to do, entertainment, theatres, and music. 
If you want to know where to have dinner, where to find a special shop or where to go out, take a look at www.timeout.com/amsterdam. Here you’ll find the best things to do in Amsterdam, good restaurants and an overview of all the festivals and other events in the city.   

Music concerts  

The main concert venues are Paradiso and Melkweg, and for the really big concerts the Heineken Music Hall and theZiggo Dome. There’s an endlessly wide range of small stages and clubs throughout the city, such as BitterzoetDwaze Zaken, Club 8, Trouw, Canvas, Westergashuisfabriek, Studio K, and more alternative places such as OT301. Music lovers: look in at the Concerto store (Utrechtsestraat 60) for an amazing collection of new and second hand music, CDs and vinyl, in all possible styles.  

Classical music, opera, jazz and dance  

The main venues are the MuziektheaterMuziekgebouw aan ‘t IJBimhuis and the Concertgebouw 


All films in cinemas are shown in the original language with subtitles in Dutch. You can find listings of all films and cinemas at www.filmladder.nl. The main cinemas are Pathé Tuschinksy (amazing Art Deco style building, Reguliersbreestraat 26-34), Rialto (Ceintuurbaan 338), The Movies (Haarlemmerdijk 161), De Filmhallen (Kinkerstraat), De Uitkijk (Prinsengracht 452), Het Ketelhuis (inside Westergasfabriek, Westerpark). Also interesting are Kriterion (Roetersstraat 170) and Studio K (Timorplein 62) as well as bars and cinemas run by students that regularly organize special events.  


The main theatres are Carré (Amstel 115-125), the Stadsschouwburg (Leidseplein) and De Kleine Komedie (Amstel 56-58). Smaller, alternative theatres such as De Brakke Grond and Engelenbak are situated in Nes, a narrow street off the Dam Square.  

For information and tickets: 
Ticketshop at Leidseplein/corner of Marnixstraat. 

Check their website for daily offers: www.lastminuteticketshop.nl 


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