Every great city has a unique character, born from its culture and people but also from its physical fabric. Architecture defines the spaces and buildings in which people live and work and move around, giving a city its feel and atmosphere. 

Amsterdam is best known for its canals and gabled houses, but this city is also home to a huge variety of architectural gems from many different eras in its history. We’ve chosen a few of our favourites for you to explore, some within very easy stroll of the Conservatorium boutique hotel.

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Rijksmuseum

An essential inclusion, this monumental 19th century building has undergone a stunning renovation in recent years to create a harmonious blending of old and new. While the exterior still impresses with soaring red brick towers and classical proportions, the interior has been opened up to create new atriums flooded with natural light.

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EYE Film Museum

From the geometric lines of its façade to the iceberg-like bulk of its form, the Filmmuseum gives the viewer something exciting and compelling from every angle. Looking across the IJ at the old core of Amsterdam, the museum also offers beautiful views from its cave-like interior and vast windows and terraces.

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Stedelijk Museum

Another museum quarter gem, the Stedelijk not only incorporates the celebrated 1895 building but also a stunning expansion completed in 2012. The addition manages to perfectly complement and reflect the spirit and fabric of the older building, including its grand staircases and natural light, while creating something uniquely contemporary in the city’s landscape.

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Puente Rojo de Pythonbrug

It would be remiss to leave out a bridge in the city of canals, though this particular bridge can be found spanning a section of the Eastern Docklands. Its red, undulating steel construction bounces across the water, taking pedestrians up high to offer some beautiful views over the surrounding houses and the skyline beyond.

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Amsterdam Public Library

Opened in 2007, this impressive building is one of the largest libraries in Europe. The exterior seems at once humble and monumental, with traditional influences within the broad contemporary design. The open interior is flooded with natural light from banks of windows and skylights, and the top floor features a balcony with incredible views overlooking the city.