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Museums and canals highlight European Congress host city

If you are planning on attending the 14th Annual IHRSA European Congress then you really are going to get it all.

Not only will you enjoy the best health and fitness industry event in Europe, but this year’s host city, Amsterdam, is second-to-none in what if offers the tourist.

From the picturesque canals to world-class museums to spectacular food and drink, Netherlands’ capital and most populous city is a huge bonus for European Congress attendees.

“Amsterdam has always been a open, tolerant and multicultural city. Everybody is welcome and greeted with a warm smile and good food and drinks,” said Hans Muench, IHRSA director of Europe. “English is widely spoken everywhere, and the Dutch have a great sense of humor. Congress attendees will enjoy the bars that feature locally brewed Heineken and Amstel brews.”

Amsterdam will forever be known for its Red Light District – the downtown area where strippers dance in glass windows facing the street and where marijuana is readily available in the coffee shops. 

With the government attempting to tone down the seedy areas of the city it hopes its world-class museums will take the forefront (if they haven’t already). The Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh, Hermitage and Stedelijk museums are as good as you will find anywhere in Europe. 

Another must-see is the canals in the city. Whether it is a walk along the banks, stopping at a café with a view, or one of the many tour options, visiting the city without experience the waterways would be a shame.

“In 90 minutes you can explore the city by water and get a great tour,” Muench added. “With a bit more time you can get off at various points - Dam Square, Rembrandt Square and the Magna Plaza are my favorites.”

As you will see when you get there, the Dutch love their bicycles. Everyone seems to own one, and ride them everyday. So, it is safe to say that there are many places to rent one and the city is very bicycle friendly.

Not to be forgotten are the bars, clubs and restaurants in the classic European city. And the great thing about the event is there are many in close proximity to the Beurs van Berlage, the site of the European Congress.

Some of the highlights (courtesy of Theo Hendriks, owner and CEO of IHRSA European Congress host partner SLG, and his friend, Laurens van der Sluis):


Barbecue: Bar Spek; Brouw; Cannibale Royal

Dining with groups: Bierfabriek

Upscale: Le Restaurant; Ron Blaauw; Vermeer; Envy; The Dylan; Okura;

Others: Greetje; Wilde Zwijnen; La Oliva; Café de Klepel; Cafe Schiller 


Dvars; Abe; Air; Odeon; Hotel Arena; Supperclub; Jimmy Woo; Escape 


Izakaya; 5&33; Skybar; Hilton DoubleTree; Floor 17; The Butcher of Door 17; Momo’s

Visit the European Congress page for more information. For more on the event, check out the September CBI story.

Reader Comments (2)

Try the jazz club Alto one street off the Leidesplein, close to Jimmy Woo, one of my favourites also. Around the corner for more live music and dance try Bourbon Street.
Tonight I was in the Sky Lounge (11th Floor of the Doubletree Hotel, just right of Centraal station when it is in front of you), great view of several sides of Amsterdam, and at sunset it is breathtaking.
Amsterdam is certainly a city that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. However, it's also an easy place to get turned around in. I actually visited the city when I was studying abroad during college, and I won't ever forget how easy it was to get lost wandering the city. When visiting a new city, I usually establish a tall building that I can use as a orientation point while exploring. With Amsterdam, you don't have that option and it's something that I wish someone had given me a warning about before I had gotten there. It took us forever to get back to our hotel that first night.
September 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterStephen in DeLand

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