large central square surrounded by museums
Museumkwartier (Museum Quarter) neighborhood is part of the Oud-Zuid district, one of the city's most prestigious central neighborhoods, home to high-end shopping (P.C. Hooftstraat and Van Baerlestraat), the city's biggest park and some of its best restaurants.
Venture beyond the Museumplein's boundaries when visiting the nearby Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum and find other highlights of the posh neighborhood these sites occupy: the Museum Quarter.
The square was reconstructed in 1999 by the Swedish landscape architect Sven-Ingvar Andersson. It is used for (mass) events such as festivals, celebrations, and demonstrations. It includes underground parking spaces and an underground supermarket. In the winter, the pond is being transformed into an artificial ice skating area.
The Concertgebouw is located on Van Baerlestraat and is home to the famous Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest). Because of its highly regarded acoustics, the Concertgebouw is generally considered to be among the world's finest concert halls in the world.
Free lunch concerts
Every Wednesday afternoon during the cultural season, from the beginning of September to the end of June, a free lunch concert is offered in the Concertgebouw at 12.30 p.m.
Concertgebouw concert hall
Diamond factories see craftsmen at work during a free guided tour
Moco Museum modern and contemporary art
PC Hooftstraat elegant shopping street
Rijksmuseum National Museum of the Netherlands
Stedelijk Museum modern art
Van Gogh Museum world's largest collection of works by Vincent van Gogh
Vondelpark the city's largest park, with cafés, ponds and English gardens
nearby Lunch places
National Museum for Art and History