Considered the most iconic natural landmark in the city, the Amstel grants a wonderfully picturesque and soothingly tranquil location outside of the congested urban centre, offering visitors the exclusive opportunity of experiencing authentic Amsterdam in a luxuriously attractive environment. Measuring almost twenty miles, the Amstel slices through the south east section of the capital, culminating at the Muntplein, a bustling setting that marks the entrance to Amsterdam’s inner core. The origins of the city date back to the 13th century, as a group of fishermen residing along the river’s banks constructed a bridge near the IJ, once an expansive saltwater inlet. Wooden doors on the crossing served as a dam, protecting the village from incessant floods, hence the founding of the Dutch capital’s name. The mouth of the river, currently the animated avenue of Damrak, formed a natural harbour imperative to the city’s flourishing trade.
Today the Amstel River has replaced its business activity with celebratory events, sporting competitions and colourful festivals, most notably the floating gay pride parade. Its shores are home to superlative restaurants, refined art galleries, numerous quality attractions, and the major transportation hub of Amstel Station. A series of striking bridges complete this exquisite locale, presenting a pictorial base for an immensely gratifying Amsterdam encounter. All at walking distance from one of our Amstel apartments!
The southern section of the river is a convenient choice for business travellers desiring immediacy to the RAI Exhibition Centre or alternatively for leisure visitors seeking peaceful surroundings with instant access to the stunning Frankendael Park. Amsterdam’s solitary remaining 17th century country estate, this scenic expanse houses the imposing Frankendael House, two historic gardens and the highly recommended De Kas restaurant, which blends local products with produce attained from the resident greenhouse and gardens, creating a fresh and sumptuously delectable cuisine.
Heading north, the river enters the glorious Canal Belt, greeted by the illustrious Amstel Hotel that has succeeded to accommodate the world’s elite since its opening in 1867. One of the most spectacular establishments lining the Amstel is the nearby Royal Carre Theatre, consistently deemed the most prestigious theatre in the Netherlands. Granting a magnificent stage to global singing superstars and a host of extremely talented performers from the world of dance, cabaret and comedy, the Royal Carre provides the ultimate evening of cultural entertainment. The Hermitage Amsterdam is another venue worth considering for the day’s itinerary, an increasingly popular and highly impressive dependency of the legendary Hermitage Museum of Saint Petersburg, housed in a colossal former 17th century retirement home. One of the Amstel’s most delightful features however is the beautiful Magere or Skinny Bridge, which continues to charm even the most impervious visitor with its conflicting tales of origin and simply breathtaking appearance, particularly when illuminated in all its revered glory on a serene Amsterdam evening.
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Most popular Amstel apartments