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Staying in KNSM Island

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Staying in KNSM Island

Hi all,

My partner and I are going to Amsterdam on the 28th for two nights and have struggled to find reasonably priced accommodation (£100per night) in the central area.

I have decided to go with AirBnb which we haven't used before but have found one with availability at KNSM Island. I have mapped it using google maps and see that its about an hour walk into town/Anne Frank House/Central Station...

Is the walk from these points scenic or would it be best to use public transport?

OR would you advise to stay closer to the central area? Is the KNSM Island a nice area with cafes and shops around?

Thank you in advance! We are really looking forward to our first visit to Amsterdam!

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1. Re: Staying in KNSM Island

Hi there,

Yes it's quite a nice newly developed area, bustling with new cafes and shops. Take tram10 into town for Leidseplein and AFH area, or tram 26 into town for Central Station. A GVB 24 or 48h card would prove very valuable here.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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2. Re: Staying in KNSM Island

I agree with Erik here. Used to be not such a nice area years ago but lots of new housing, bars etc. Cafe d Zuid is quite a nice bar cafedezuid.nl/1-6da1/…cafe-de-zuid-home.aspx

If you want to get to Central station then bus 48 will take you there more directly.

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3. Re: Staying in KNSM Island

Beautiful area! Used to live on KNSM for five years. It is a bit out of the central city but the pubic trans options are good. Besides the aforementioned tram 10 at the foot of KNSM and tram 26 a few minutes walking by the local shopping center, there is a bus 48 at the foot of KNSM to Central Station as well. And if you like nautical scenery a stroll to tram 26 the long way around (or to central station) takes you along the harbor and over a beautiful bridge. See http://goo.gl/maps/B0jwX - A) middle of KNSMlaan; B) Azartplein (foot of KNSM) with tram 10 and bus 48; C) Over the Jan Schaeferbrug where you can catch tram 26 or bus 48 again to Central Station.

You may not be staying in the historic canal belt but you will be experiencing one of the world's top harbor to residential area renovation projects.

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4. Re: Staying in KNSM Island

Yes, KNSM island as well as nearby Java island are cool and have some cafes and restaurants, for example Kanis & Meiland (when pronounced in Dutch, sounds a lot like KNSM eiland!) is a particularly nice cafe with lovely view, they might also serve food. Both islands have interesting modern architecture (some of it winking at the old ways).

You may also want to take in some highlights of the eastern part of Amsterdam that most tourists skip.

The nearby Indische Buurt in eastern Amsterdam is a fun, mixed residential neighborhood with hip bars (for example Studio K which is also a cinema and restaurant, and Australian cafe Drovers Dog), Turkish shops, the Flevopark and its liquor distillery with a lovely cafe attached.

The area around Oosterpark also has many nice bars and restaurants.

If you were to walk (or bike!) to the center, Czaar Peterstraat is quite hip nowadays with some quirky shops and cafes. At the end you will come to Brouwerij 't IJ beer brewery & bar underneath a windmill (officially just within the border of Centrum district). Not far from Tropenmuseum (anthropology, for example with a current exhibition about the similarities between MC Esscher's art and Arabic art).

Then, if you follow the smaller, quieter street Entrepotdok instead of other, more obvious streets you will walk through a very scenic street of warehouses with wooden shutters turned into homes, and two more great cafes (Paerz and Bloem). That is also the street running behind Artis zoo, and part of the Centrum district already. It also brings you close to Dutch Resistance Museum, and Scheepvaartmuseum (which is along the more obvious route into the center).

Having said all that I suggest you rent bikes (or use the ones provided by the apartment??) and get around like the locals do. That is, if the weather is dry. Us locals just put on raingear and keep cycling but that's no fun. :-) But biking allows you to come home whatever time of day or night, easily get from A to B to C and D and oh back to B because that was so nice. Doing that by a combination of public transport and walking is much more tiring.

But if you do want to use public transport, use this door to door planner: www.9292.nl/en > it allows you to see maps of the bits you may need to walk to/from stops too. They also have an app (might be in Dutch though).

There is also a free smartphone app with a nice suggested walk including KNSM island, first download "100% Stedengidsen", then wihin that Amsterdam. It's in Dutch only but you should be able to understand the gist. Click on Kaart and zoom in until you see the purple line for the suggested walk. It marks all kinds of sights and nice shops and cafes. You could of course also do any of the other 5 suggested walks in other parts of the city. This also comes as an English guide booklet called "100% Amsterdam", I think you should be able to buy it at the airport or at AKO shop in Amsterdam Central Station. And they definitely sell it at American Bookstore on Spui, and Waterstones.

Hope this helps, enjoy the 'local's' experience of Amsterdam!




Edited: 7:03 am, September 20, 2013
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5. Re: Staying in KNSM Island

Wow - thank you all for your input !

Very helpful, I will go ahead and book - am even more excited now about our trip!


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