Amsterdam inside

Here’s some impressions and recommendations for your trip to Amsterdam …

To go out in Amsterdam – for restaurant, pubs and bars galore … go to Leidseplein area. Nice restaurants of all kinds gather in the district.

If you are looking for a typical jazz club, try Cafe Alto Jazz Club. There’s good programme every night. Entrance is 5 EUR, ist’s packed full by 10 p.m. – opens at 9 p.m.

Another thing worth seeing near Leidseplein is the Amsterdam Hard Rock Cafe – on the ground floor you sit at the waterside – it’s really well done, go have a look.

Let’s stay with the Cafés in Amsterdam:

The central train station has two really interesting ones, which you won’t typically expect to be located exactly on the platform (!):

First is the Grand Cafe ruled by a white parrot, going on an inspection trip now and again inside and then playing with the waiter.

Typical and quite impressive is the ceiling decoration, which is typical for the central train station, but the best in shape inside this cafe.

The Grand Cafe is situated directly on Platform 2B of the Central Train Station.

There’s another place that needs to be recommended – also located at the Central Train Station, which is somewhat a little mall, too.

Julia’s lives up to their claim: Julia’s believes in eating well. Even if you do not have much time. This is why Julia cooks for you – with the best ingredients, real Italian products and authentic recipies – and above all, with love! Well, seems so: the coffee’s great, the croissants and the ciabatta were tasty and fresh, the place’s decoration is really beautiful and stylish, all staff smiling and nice. They got the concept right.

Interesting place and starting point for trams, buses, tour boats (it’s nice and inexpensive (11-13 EUR) with intersting explanations, worth trying) – is the Amsterdam Central Train Station. Unique architecture … best preserved within the mentioned Grand Cafe at the moment.

Well worth hanging out is the Café De Jaren:

Lovely contemporary architecture, facing the water on the rear side.

Very spacy and open, friendly staff. Looked as if this was more a place where typically the local people would go, just heard Dutch all around.

Really a nice and laid back place.

The jasmine tea is lovely, by the way 🙂 – and the croissants taste nice.

For great concerts also in contemporary music, especially Jazz, try to get tickets at the Bimhuis. Interesting about the place is not just its quality and architecture, but also the fact that there’s huge cruise ships and tall sailing boats „parking“ both sides of it now and again …

So, enough for today. Check back later, I might just add some more hints and places.

Enjoy wondering 😉


Life Ball – May 19, 2012, Vienna – Celebrate Life!

Celebrating the joy of life and the diversity of cultures, Life Ball since 1993 unites the Viennese ball tradition with opulence, extravagance, glamour, provocation, fancy performances, committed speeches as well as emotional moments.

The heart of the idea is hope – for a better future for people affected by HIV/AIDS.

The Life Ball is the biggest charity event in Europe in the heart of Vienna

This year the motto  „Fight the Flames of Ignorance“

Many famous people support the Life Ball.

Bill Clinton. Antonio Banderas, Brigitte Nielsen Kiera Chaplin, Richie Rich,  Amanda Lepore, Al Jarreau, Judith Hill, Ben Becker  and many more …

Many guests arrive in their fancy outfit

Be a part of it! The first part in front of the town hall is free for everyone.

Hotels are still availiable in any price range:

Austria Trend Hotel Europa 4*
Double room excl. breakfast  € 126,96 (Promotion Rate)

Hotel Ibis Wien Messe 3*
Double room excl. breakfast  € 110,00

Etap Hotel Wien Sankt Marx 2*
Double room excl. breakfast € 56,00

Don’t miss this event!!!

More about the Life Ball

Brigitte from Vienna