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Open from 11 to 19 every day, the canabis college gives info about canabis. It is located on two floors of a 17th century building at the Oude Zijds Achterburgwal. Info about medicinal and recreational use is given here.
Entrance is free
Address: O.Z. Achterburgwal 124
statue of Anne Frank in front of the Westerkerk
Anne Frank, a jewish girl, was hiding here in World War II. She and her family got caught and where transported to bergen-Belsen. Anne died there at the age of 16.
The Anne Frank house is the place she wrote her famous diary, which was published after the war. You can visit the rooms she and her family was hiding in, and get to know more about anti-semitism and the war.
Address: Prinsengracht 267
Directions: The Anne Frank house is along the Prinsengracht close to the Westerkerk.
Phone: +31 (0)20-5567100
The replica of the Amsterdam
The Maritime Museum is housed in the National Naval Depot, a former arsenal of the Dutch Navy, built in 1656.
The museum is not too large and is nice to visit. Outside the museum you can see the Amsterdam, a replica of a historic vessel.
The original Amsterdam was a ship of the VOC, that was lost during its maiden voyage.
It was built in 1748 at the VOC-shipyard on Texel. On 8 januari 1749 the first trip to the East began. 203 men including captain Willem Klump, 127 soldiers, and 5 passengers. It carried several trading goods and 27 chests filled with silver.
Tragedy struck soon, a storm forced them to seek harbour in Hastings. Before the 26th of january 50 men died of an epidemic the captain beached the ship in an effort to save the rest of the crew. They took a lot of the silver, but the english started looting straight away. The VOC started a rescue but the ship sank away in the mud and at the 11th of march the ship was considered lost.
The replica was built in 1990 to sail for the first time during SAIL Amsterdam
Address: Prins Hendrikkade 108-114
The theater was built between 1918 and 1921
Opened on 28 october 192, designed by assignment of Abraham Tuschinski, a Polish immigrant. He wanted to go to the USA but stopped ihn the netherlands. Started 4 movietheaters in Rotterdam and then wanted to devellop Amsterdam. He hired architect Hijman Louis de Jong.
The facade is sort of Art Deco, and is decorated with glased tiles and ceramic sculptures. This facade was to advertise and lure people inside. but the inside was also very luxurious and absolutely state of the art for that time. The total costs of the project were around 4.000.000 dutch guilders ( 2 million euro), much money in that time.
From 1998-2002 the building was restored external and interior. Today the Tuschinski theater has 19 rooms and over 4000 seats. It is part of the Pathé Cinemas
Address: Reguliersbreestraat 26-28
Phone: 0900-1458 (EUR 0,35 per minute)
The korenmetershuis dates back to 1620. It is the office of het Heemschut, a foundation for culture monuments in the netherlands.
Address: Nieuwe Zijds Kolk
The stock trading is now done in a building next to the Beurs van Berlage. It is not open to the public, but you can ofcourse buy and sell via banks and stocktraders.
The Amsterdam exchange (AEX) can be followed on their website.
Address: Beursplein 5
The National Monument op de Dam is erected in 1956 in memory of the victims of World War II. Every year at 4 may Queen Beatrix celebrates national memorial day here by laying a wreath at the foot of the monument.
The monument was designed by : Ir. J.J.P. Oud, Johannes Anton Raedecker and Paul Grégo
The column is 22 meters high and made of white italian travertin. This natural stone is not very durable and the monument had to be restored drastically in 1997.
Address: de Dam
This museum tells about the history and use of cannabis and hemp. Not only about the drug, but also the production of paper and textiles as well as its medicinal benefit.
It also explains the process of producing hash and marijuana and the various rolling and smoking methods.
Monday to Saturday 11:00 am to 10:00 pm Sunday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Address: Oudezijds Achterburgwal 148
ceiling of the chinese temple
In 1994 a few wealthy chinese business men asked the city council permission to built a chinese buddhist temple at the Zeedijk. In 2000 (at the 40th birthday of Gonnie) the temple was officially opened by queen Beatrix. The name He Hwa means lotus flower. The lotus flower is a buddhist symbol of enlightenment.
It is the biggest in traditional chinese style built temple in Europe. It is part of the world wide chinese buddhist organisation I.B.P.S., of which the mother monastery is in Taiwan, the Fo Guang Shan monastery.
Address: Zeedijk 106-118
In 1826 Pantaleon Gerhard Hajenius opened his cigar shop. The shop is located on the Rokin since 1915 and has not changed since then.
Inside is also a small cigarmuseum. The entrance is free !!
Monday 12.00 am - 6.00 pm
Tuesday - Saturday 9.30 am - 6.00 pm
Sunday 12.00 am - 5.00 pm
Address: Rokin 92 - 96
Phone: +31 (0)20-623 74 94
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