|the mezzanine with bed and terrace|
_where to stay?
We had a lovely apartment with roof terrace in Prinsengracht 490. It's very centrally situated in one of the beautiful canal houses and from our roof terrace, one could even see the towers of the Rijksmuseum which hosts Rembrandt's famous painting "The Night Watch".
But if you are more interested in modern design you should try the Lloyd Hotel. First time opened in the 1920s as one of the most luxury emigrant hotels of Europe, it was used long time as a prison and finally in 2004 reopened again as a hotel.
|Rush hour and Rijksmuseum|
|Lloyd Hotel, the rooms|
A good way to get an overview of Amsterdam is actually by boat. If you don't like the guided tours, try out the canal bus, where you can hop on and off wherever you want. If you feel confident enough with the traffic, get yourself a bike and explore in original dutch style.
|canals of Amsterdam|
If you need a break from exploring, try Villa Zeezicht (Torensteeg 7) or Buffet van Odette (Prinsengracht 598). Both places serve a nice breakfast and compete in the reputation for delicious apple tartes.
|Villa Zeezicht with view over the canal|
We have chosen Tempo Doeloe for dinner with its excellent food and wine and charming service. If you want to know what Indonesian food is all about try the rice plate and enjoy the variety of dishes served in little bowls.
For vintage lovers, the markets are a must. The "Noordermarkt" (next to Noorderkerk) hosts during the week a flea market and on saturdays additionally a food market with bio products and dutch delicacies.
But also the (web-) shop I Love Vintage (Prinsengracht 201) has a good selection of vintage and vintage inspired clothes and accessories. My favorites are the 20s style flapper dresses as seen in the movie "The Artist".
|I Love Vintage|
One of Amsterdam's highlights is definitely a visit in the Van Gogh Museum with the famous "Sunflowers". You can find your own for the balcony on the famous flower market among other plants.
Modern architecture in the Netherlands after 1990 is one of the most interesting in the world. Interesting realizations include Silodam, the New Islands (Borneo, Java, Sporenburg, KNSM), IJburg.
|modern canal houses on Borneo Island|