Amsterdam Sights

Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ

Music Building on the IJ - centre for modern music

Concert Hall of the 21st Century

Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ is a concert hall for contemporary classical music that opened its doors in 2005. The main concert hall has excellent acoustics. From the building you have impressive views of the IJ River. The adjoining Bimhuis offers the best of Jazz - against the glorious backdrop of the IJ harbour.

Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Bimhuis and Mövenpick Hotel on the Eastern Docklands of the IJ Waterfront

Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ has its origins in Muziekcentrum De IJsbreker - a leading international centre for contemporary music for 25 years. It has one big concert space, but also a smaller one that is also used for conferences and exhibitions.


The design of the building consists of a 'plinth' with the shape of a huge set of stairs with two 'music-boxes' - the Bimhuis for jazz and improvised music, hovering over the plinth, and the heavy Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ for modern music - cutting into the stairs.


On the ground floor of the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ is restaurant Zouthaven . The restaurant - with stunning views over the IJ - is a perfect place for dining place before a concert. You can choose to sit inside or outside. When the weather is nice Zouthaven has one of the most beautiful terraces in Amsterdam.


Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ and Bimhuis are located on the Eastern Docklands of the IJ Waterfront at walking distance from the old centre of Amsterdam and just a few minutes away from Central Station.

The main access is by a pedestrian bridge which leads to the upper foyer, offering spectacular views to and from the Amsterdam harbour.

The main access to Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ and Bimhuis is via a pedestrian bridge

How to get there?

tram26 - stop Muziekgebouw / Bimhuis
parkingnearest car park Piet Heingarage

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Muziekgebouw aan t IJ

Piet Heinkade 1
Amsterdam (IJ Waterfront)

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