Places to visit in amsterdam

In the century that followed (16th century), the Spanish inquisition forced many Sephardic Jews to leave Portugal. Many of them ended up in Amsterdam, where they became acquainted the trading and cutting of diamonds and it was they who helped carve Amsterdam into one of the world's most important diamond centers.

Coster Diamonds
Paulus Potterstraat 2-4. Tel.: 020-305.55.55.

Located between the Rijksmuseum and the van Gogh Museumon Paulus Potterstraat,
Coster Diamonds was founded in 1840 by Amsterdam diamond cutter Mozes Elias Coster, who established himself in a factory building on Waterlooplein. Initially, the diamonds were cut with machines literally powered by horses, but thanks to Mozes' pioneering spirit, Coster Diamonds became the first cutting shop in the Netherlands to introduce steam as the source of power.

The reputation of Coster Diamonds as the cutting shop that employed the world's greatest craftsmen grew rapidly. From far and near orders poured in, one of them being an invitation from Prince Albert and Queen Victoria of England to re-polish the Koh-I-Noor.

Coster's made a huge success of this challenge and the company was applauded again when the Star of the South, a dazzlingly beautiful pink diamond, was shown to the delirious crowd of the 1855 Paris World Exhibition. Close to a century later, critical acclaim was received again, this time at home during the industrial fair at the Apollohal in Amsterdam and the comapany received another tonic it was listed

in the Guinness Book of Records for polishing the world's tiniest brilliant-cut diamond.
In 1970 the old diamond factory had to make way for the construction of the underground and Coster Diamonds moved to her current location at the Paulus Potterstraat.


Gassan Diamonds

Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 173-175. Tel.: 020-6225333.
The Gassan Diamond collection is one of the most exquisite and extensive collections in the Netherlands and for that matter, anywhere else in the world.Their tours are definitely worth seeing as visitors can experience the sensation of diamond cutting first-hand and view every stage of the process as the cutters transform rough diamonds into dazzling jewels. Gassan Diamond Tours run daily from 10am to 5pm.
Anyone thinking of purchasing can choose from a stunning array of stones and then watch as the goldsmiths set it in an equally beautiful piece of jewelerry.

The Gassan factory is situated in downtown Amsterdam close to the famous Waterlooplein. The factory is housed in a splendid former steam-driven diamond-cutting factory that dates back to 1878.
A branch of the world famous Royal Delftware porcelain also makes up part of the Gassan fatcory and is also well worth seeing.

Stoeltie Diamonds
Wagenstraat 13-17. Tel.: 020-623.76.01. www.stoeltiediamonds.com

Stoeltie Diamonds is situated close to the famous Rembrandt Square. Individuals or groups are offered a free guided tour in their own language. During the tour the complete manufacturing process is explained. After the tour one can view our collection of jewellery and of course purchasing is always possible.

Amsterdam Attractions
Many people don't seem to realize it, but Amterdam is also an excellent city for children. There are so many attractions to keep the kids amused, but more importantly, many of these attractions will stimulate their minds as well as their bodies . Having fun while gaining education at the same time – what could be better for the children? Many of the attractions which are suitable for the children have been mentioned in the previous pages of our attractions section.

Artis Amsterdam Zoo.
Plantage Kerklaan 38-40. Tel.: 020-5233400.
When you look at how space is such a premium in Amsterdam, its hard to believe that there is enough room for a top zoo, but there is and its provided by Artis Zoo at Plantage Kerklaan.
Said to be the oldest zoo on the continent, Artis was founded in 1838 to promote the knowledge of natural history and is an oasis of peace and quiet amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.
The zoo which was founded in 1838 is set in an area of 14 hectares and with 700 species of animals to see, it provides a magnificent overview of the entire animal kingdom of Amphibians, reptiles, fish, birds, mammals and insects. Around the zoo you'll find many more Dutch and European animal and plant species, as well as more exotic ones. You can also quench your thirst for knowledge at the zoo's Planetarium, or by visiting its many museums and smaller exhibitions.

The concept of Artis is split into five elements: 1. Artis as a Zoo and Aquarium; 2. As a Botanical Gardens; 3. As a Zoological Museum;4. As a Geological Museum; 5. As a Planetarium. This unique combination meets Artis's primary objective of offering educational material to broad segments of the population. The zoo is open every day of the year from 9am until 5pm and its central location makes it easy to reach by all forms of public transport. The complex includes an excellent kid's playground area with a sandbox, climbing structures and various other playground equipment.

Canal Cruises
Stadhouderskade opposite Hard Rock Café. Tel.: 020-6760551
The excitement of the canal cruise is all about getting on the boat and seeing Holland from a unique angle.

Nemo Science & Technology Museum
Oosterdok 2. Tel.: 020-5313233
You can't miss the distinctive building on the Amsterdam waterfront, and once inside, prepare for your kids to charge right in. The exhibits are multilingual and some are topical to the Netherlands, technology with a cultural slant. There are things to do for toddlers (bubble fun, magnetic games, large piece adominos) as well as a full-fledged chemistry lab for older kids. There is also plenty to keep the adults occupied while the kids are having their fun.

Madame Tussaud's
Dam Square 20 Tel.: 020-5221010
No doubt you will love getting up close and personal with some of the pop stars and movie stars at Madame Tussauds. They will also enjoy the various new promotions such as Pirates Of The Caribbean.

The World Of Ajax
A2 Amsterdam-Utrecht Motorway. Tel.: 020-3111336More than likely, it will be the boys who are most interested in a trip to the Ajax Football Arena where they can tour the fantastic stadium and dressing rooms as well as visiting the museum.

Holland 3D Experience
Waterlooplein 17. Tel.: 020-4222233This is always a popular attraction with the younger generation as they can get to learn about Holland courtesy of a fun-filled stimulator trip through the ages.

See It In The MoviesMovie lovers won't be disappointed in Amsterdam as all movies are broadcast in English with Dutch subtitles. Pathé is the major cinema company in the city and two of their most popular multi-screen theatres are Pathé Tuschinski and Pathé De Munt, both of which can be found nearby Munt Square and Rembrandtplein. The cinema has been designed as an imposing building, with a big entry, an imposing Art Deco façade and two towers on both sides, rising above the neighborhood. The main foyer is spectacular and the walls are covered by carvings in dark wood, glazed tiles and bronze elements. Pathe Cinemas Have It All.

Tuschinski
Tuschinski can be found at Reguliersbreestraat 26-34 and is a huge, Art Deco cinema palace conveniently located between the Munt tower and the Rembrandtplein. Built by Polish immigrant Abraham Icek, Tuschinski cinema opened in 1921 and its Art Deco interior remains until today making it one of the most cherished buildings in Amsterdam. Tuschinski has been thoroughly modernized and is currently one of the release cinemas in the city and is often the venue for star-studded premieres.
It has three screening rooms in its old part and three in its new wing. To view what movies are showing during your stay, check out their website. The main auditorium of Tuschinski has been reduced to 740 sets including love seats and private boxes and the cosy two-person love seats form the perfect setting for couples. Pathe also organise a special VIP arrangement, which includes special extra-comfortable seats on the first balcony. You also get a welcome cocktail and there is a free wardrobe and exclusive entrance to the VIP room.

Pathé de Munt
The nearby newly built Pathé Munt cinema at Vijzelstraat 15 has an additional 12 screens and is one of the newest multiplexes in Amsterdam. Pathe De Munt boasts modern architecture and very good quality of projection, especially in two biggest halls – Munt 3 and Munt 11. Conveniently located in the center of Amsterdam, at the Munt tower and the Flower Market. Current screenings can be viewed via their website
The other most popular Pathe Cinema in Amsterdam is the City Cinema which can be found just off Leidseplein.

Boom Chicago Comedy Theatre
Forget laugh-a-minute, The Boom Chicago Comedy shows are laugh-a-second and we guarantee that your jaws will ache and your eyes will water after this electric mix of scripted scenes and masterful improvised comedy. The Boom Chicago concept started 11 years ago and since that time, it has become one of the most hilarious comedy shows you will see anywhere on the planet.

The theatre is located on the corner of Leidseplein and visitors can choose to take the dinner + show option or enjoy the show without the dinner. For further information on what shows are on during the winter period call into the ticket office which is located at the front of the theatre, or give them a call at 020-4230101.