From train travel, design celebrations and hip hotels, to Japanese culture and Martin Scorsese, find out why Amsterdam is a must-visit city in 2017.

1. Eurostar to Amsterdam

Eurostar is starting a new direct train service direct from London to Amsterdam at the end of 2017. This means it’ll be even easier to reach the city of canals and creativity.
Website: Eurostar

2. Sir Adam Hotel

This new hotel is moving into eight floors of the A’DAM Tower (recommended in Carl Goes Amsterdam by A Lab entrepreneur Árpád Gerecsey), a new and hip music destination in the hottest neighbourhood in town, Amsterdam-Noord. The urban boutique hotel has 108 rooms, a burger bar called The Butcher Social Club, a beer garden and a gym.
Website: Sir Adam Hotel

3. Martin Scorsese exhibition

This exhibition at the EYE Film Museum (a favourite of Carl Goes Amsterdam interview Yvette van Boven) is dedicated to one of the most important American film directors of the last 50 years. The exhibition will be compiled from Scorsese’s private archive in New York, and from the collections of Robert De Niro and Paul Schrader. The exhibition will look at his sources of inspiration and his specific way of working, revealing how his artistic approach to storytelling has influenced modern American cinema. The exhibition will open on 25 May 2017, and runs until 3 September 2017.
Website: EYE Film Museum

Martin Scorsese exhibition. Photo: EYE Film Museum

Martin Scorsese exhibition. Photo: EYE Film Museum

4. Mondrian to Dutch Design. 100 years of De Stijl.

The Netherlands is marking 100 years of the influential Dutch art movement, De Stijl, during 2017. Piet Mondrian is one of the best-known artists of the movement, but there are plenty of others too. The centenary celebrations will be marked throughout the year, including at the Stedelijk in Amsterdam, until 21 May 2017.
Website: The Stedelijk

5. 100 years of Schiphol

It’s also been 100 years since Amsterdam Schiphol Airport opened. Until 7 May 2017, travel fans can go along to a special exhibition to look at Schiphol’s evolution from farmland five metres below sea-level to the cutting edge travel hub it is today. Also discover contraband found by sniffer dogs, stewardess uniforms through the years and design furniture from Schiphol from the 1960s.
Website: Amsterdam Museum

6. Twenty-Eight by City ID Group

We love apartments when we stay in cities. You can live a little bit more like a citizen, and have the freedom to live, work and cook from ‘home’, albeit a temporary one. Twenty-Eight, a series of 56 fully-serviced apartments in the largely residential area of the old Olympic Stadium, will open during 2017. With interior design by Martin Brudnizki, a lobby lounge ideal for working on a laptop, and a basement gym and spa, this sounds like ‘home’ indeed.
Website: City ID Group

Photo: Twenty-Eight by City ID Group

Photo: Twenty-Eight by City ID Group


Bringing Japanese craft and design to the Dutch, MONO JAPAN is partnering with Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy in 2017. The exhibition from 2 to 5 February 2017 brings a curated selection of craft makers and their stories to Europe, including ceramic, textile, furniture, teas and sake produce.

Carl Goes Amsterdam

Carl Goes Amsterdam is the city guide for creatives, entrepreneurs and the generally curious, who want to become citizens of Amsterdam for the duration of their stay, whether it’s for three days, three weeks or three months. This city guide is full of hidden gems recommended by locals.

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