The Cultural Garden of Amsterdam

Getting around

public transport


Take the train to Amsterdam Central Station. From there you can choose to walk - it’s about a 15 minute stroll to the Plantage area - or take a tram, a metro or a bus.


Tram 9 departs from Central Station through all of the Plantage.

Tram 14 departs from Dam Square through all of the Plantage.


​The Metro departs from Central Station and stops at Waterlooplein, best exit for the whole of the Plantage area: Nieuwe Herengracht


The northern side of the Plantage is best reached with bus 22 (Indische buurt) and bus 48 (Borneo Eiland). Both depart from Central Station at the Prins Hendrikplantsoen in front of the Victoria Hotel. Exit at bus stop Kadijksplein/ Scheepvaartmuseum.


From the A10 exit S114 (Zeeburg, Artis, IJburg). If you go to the Artis Zoo, you can park at the Zoo Parking. Otherwise your best bet is the parking garage Markenhoven in the Anne Frankstraat. Another option is the Muziektheater / City Hall garage at Waterlooplein 28.


The best way to discover Amsterdam is definitely on a bike, but be careful! The city is full, cyclists go fast and there is a lot of overall traffic going on.  You'll find bike rental shops throughout the area, one of our favourites is MacBike on Waterlooplein, they offer a free multi-lingual leaflet on how to cycle safely through Amsterdam and they offer a map with a cycling tour through the Plantage area.


​Some bike rental locations offer a 25% discount with the I amsterdam City Card.

canal boat

There are two canal boat companies that have hop on - hop off lines going through the area that stop at most museums and attractions in this part of Amsterdam. Both lines depart every half hour and offer day tickets so you can visit al the sights at your own pace.

The hop on - hop off red line Canal Bus from the Canal Company 

The hop on - hop off Museumline of Lovers.



Spanish Masters in Amsterdam

The ‘Spanish Masters from the Hermitage. The world of El Greco, Ribera, Zurbarán, Velázquez, Murillo & Goya’ exhibition can be admired in the Hermitage until 29 May. This exhibition draws attention to the broader context of painting in the Spanish Golden Century (second half of the sixteenth and the seventeenth century) and the echoes and continuation in subsequent centuries.

Spanish masterpieces were created during the reign of Philip II, the absolute monarch of a colonial empire who enforced strict rules for Catholic paintings. The period that followed was dominated by artists including Francisco de Zurbáran, also known as the Spanish Caravaggio.

A great many aspects of Spanish history are highlighted in this collection, such as the horrors of Napoleon’s conquest in 1808, bullfighting and Mediterranean pub life. The variation of the exhibition is also expressed in the alternation of Spanish painting styles: Baroque, Rococo, dramatic realism and spiritual minimalism.