HID­DEN GEMS

Yachting Monthly - - A LONG WEEKEND -

1 HET SCHEEPVAARTMUSEUM

This is the Na­tional Mar­itime Mu­seum, which has three wings hous­ing ex­hi­bi­tions, and the im­pres­sive replica of the VOC ship where you can ex­plore on board. The mu­seum is housed in the stun­ning Zeemagaz­ijn, which was once the ware­house for the Ad­mi­ralty of Am­s­ter­dam. www.hetscheep­vaart­mu­seum.nl

2 DURGERDAM

Cruise fur­ther east through the Oran­jes­luizen Lock (VHF 18) and travel un­der­neath the Schelling­woud­er­brug road bridge (VHF 18). A bit fur­ther on you’ll reach the small, charm­ing town of Durgerdam, whose pic­turesque listed build­ings are pop­u­lar with vis­i­tors. If the har­bour is full, there is a good an­chor­age in the bay.

3 EX­PLOR­ING AM­S­TER­DAM’S BARS

For an evening drink on the wa­ter, try the ex-pi­rate ra­dio sta­tion Veron­ica, which is moored by the Bo­tel and has been con­verted into a club/restau­rant.

On the land, there are nu­mer­ous bars in and around Cen­tral Sta­tion, although sev­eral of the older bars, such as Café Karper­shoek, have plenty of at­mos­phere as well as serv­ing an im­pres­sive range of beers and spir­its.

4 CANAL CRUISE

If mu­se­ums are not your scene then try a canal cruise from the Cen­tral Sta­tion.

You can see a lot of the city in a short time and take in Am­s­ter­dam’s fa­mous ar­chi­tec­ture and im­pres­sive bridges.

5 DIN­ING ON THE POLLUX PA­CIFIC

Once a train­ing ship for the mer­chant navy, the three-masted Pollux Pa­cific is now a float­ing restau­rant on the river IJ, of­fer­ing an im­pres­sive range of dishes from steak and ribs to soups and sal­ads. For more in­for­ma­tion about the restau­rant, visit www.pol­lux­pa­cific.nl

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