Amsterdam Information

Hotel Accommodation Amsterdam

Discounted rates have been negotiated at several hotels in Amsterdam and Leiden for ESSR congress delegates. Click the link to see all options and book directly.
We recommend booking your accommodation early to benefit the preferential rates; June is high season in Amsterdam, and the EULAR congress will be held the same week as the ESSR meeting.


One of the attractive sights in the city centre Amsterdam is De Waag with a nice restaurant. Could you tell us the medical background of this building?
De Waag or The Weigh House  was built in 1488, intended to be one of Amsterdam’s three main city gates.  The gate served its purpose until about a century later – in 1601 – when the city tore down its walls to make room for expansion. Amsterdam needed to find a new purpose for this beautifully ornate gate and settled upon using it as a weigh house.
The upper floors of the gate were used for other purposes. Rooms were designated for members of particular guilds such as surgeons, blacksmiths, masons, and artists. Doors that led to these rooms were adorned with a symbol of that particular guild. These still are visible on the outside of the building.
The surgeon’s guild even built a sort of “theater” for anatomical lessons, which were often open to the public! One of the most famous painting of the painter Rembrandt van Rijn shows the anatomical theatre in action. The anatomic lesson of dr Tulp is positioned in the upper floor of the Waag. So for Amstyerdam medicine this truly is a historic place.  Unfortunately no longer open for public.

Musculoskeletal radiologist might be familiar with the name of Dr. Willem Vrolik (1801 – 1863), a Dutch physician who described a subtype of osteogenesis imperfecta. What is his legacy and is it possible to visit a place dedicated to him?
Yes there is. In our Academic Medical Center, the Hospital of the  University of Amsterdam were I am Full Professor of Radiology,  holds a quite extraordinary museum containing pathological specimens, anomalous embryos, odd skulls and bones.  Started by his father, Willem Vrolik continued the collection that was eventually offered to the municipality of Amsterdam, to be placed in an institution called Athenaeum Illustre, which became later the University of Amsterdam. The Athenaeum illustre nowadays is a place where official academic procedures, such as PhD exams take place, located at the Kloveniersburgwal. Museum Vrolik is today one of the few museums of its kind in the world, open to students and general public, during weekdays.

Some of the ESSR meeting delegates might be interested in jogging through the city. Can you recommend a nice route for doing this?
I must confess, I do not jog but use the bike ( like so many in Amsterdam). However two routes  I can advise. First is the route through the oldest city park in Amsterdam, the Vondelpark. An oasis of peace, centrally located in city centre, close to museum district. If you want a larger route, please explore a tour on the Amstel river, from city centre to the south.

In Amsterdam, the expenses for hotel accommodation are very high and the ESSR office did its best to find affordable conditions. However, some participants of the congress might consider to stay outside of Amsterdam and go by train to the venue. Would this be a good idea and what would you recommend?
That I can Imagine. No need to be completely outside, yet explore more the outskirts of Amsterdam. I can suggest two locations from with public transportation (tram or metro) takes you within maximum of twenty minutes to Dam Square. One can explore Amsterdam Bijlmer Arena square location. Ajax stadium is there, some great music halls and a hugh cinema together with a nice place for shopping. Not as much fun as inside city centre, yet better affordable. Second location would be along Sloterplas, that is also were I live. A beautiful place, also a jogging route quite favourable to young athletes the New west part holds a multicultural atmosphere, with some lower budget places to stay. Also I need to mention a Student training hotel located in this area, that might do the trick.

Do you have a personal favourite place in Amsterdam (to stay or to walk there)?
I do have two favourite places I want to share. Being born and raised in Amsterdam I am so proud of the historical canals in the centre. Please take a time to walk across the canals going from IJ to Amstel. Following Keizersgracht along this way you get the true Amsterdam Historical experience. You might even pass by my highschool near Westerkerk . Ann Franks houde is close by. Second I am in love with being on the canals. So do please book a tour on a boot and be overwhelmed by the true Amsterdam experience.

Mario Maas

ESSR Treasurer

Amsterdam – City of Museums

Amsterdam is home to a variety of  world-famous museums and a visit to the city would be incomplete without stopping by the Rijksmuseum,  the van Gogh museum or the Anne Frank House. There are more than 70 museums attracting millions of visitors every year.  We’ll provide some information on the most popular museums, but don’t let this hold you back from visiting one or more of the many other museums. A full list of all museums can be found on

If you’re planning to visit a few museums or galleries during your stay in Amsterdam, then the I am Amsterdam City Card might save you some money. More information about this card can be found on

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The Rijksmuseum is one of the largest and most interesting art museums in the world. Its extensive collection showcases iconic art reflecting more than 800 years of Dutch and global history, including paintings of Rembrandt, van Gogh and Vermeer. Another good reason to visit the rijksmuseum is next door’s Michelin-star awarded  restaurant Rijks, where you can experience some culinary enjoyment combined with a view over the museum square.

Address: Museumstraat 1
Prices: €17,50
Tip: Buy your ticket online and skip the line for the ticket office.
Nearby restaurants: Rijks, Loetje, The Seafood bar, Blushing (brunch)

Anne Frank House

Anne Frank is one of Amsterdam’s most well known former residents. The Anne Frank house in Amsterdam is the place where she lived in hiding with her family for more than 2 years during world war II. It also is the place where she wrote her famous diary. Now converted into a museum, you can visit the hiding rooms, see an original of the diary and attend an exhibition about the persecution of the Jews and discrimination in general.

Address: Prinsengracht 267
Prices: €9,00
Nearby restaurants: Café de klepel, Pancakes Amsterdam (brunch)

van Gogh museum

Home of the world’s largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh, showing more than 200 paintings, 500 drawings and 700 of his letters. His work is organized chronologically into five periods, each representing a different period of his life and work. Each year 1.6 million visitors come to the van Gogh museum, making it one of the 25 most popular museums in the world.

Address: Museumplein 6
Prices: €18,00
Tip: Visit the museum between 9 and 11 am or after 3 pm.
Nearby restaurants: Rijks, Loetje, The Seafood bar, Blushing (brunch)

The hermitage

The hermitage is a Dutch branch of St. Petersburg ’s art & culture museum with regularly changing temporary exhibitions. The Hermitage Amsterdam also has a special children’s section and regularly holds workshops focused on fun and creativity
The museum is located in the former Amstelhof, a classical style building from 1681. The exhibition Classic Beauties will show from 16th of june 2018 taking you on a tour with the finest examples of neoclassical art from the hermitage.

Address: Amstel 51
Prices: €29,95
Tip: Buy your ticket online and skip the line for the ticket office.
Nearby restaurants: Dignita hoftuin (brunch), Kitchen & Bar van Rijn, Morena aan de Amstel

Stedelijk museum

Right next to the Rijksmuseum you’ll find the Stedelijk museum. The museum is dedicated to modern and contemporary art and design. Its collection contains around 90 thousand modern paintings, sculptures, photographs, graphics and design objects including work from Karel Appel, Vincent Mondriaan but also Vincent van Gogh.

Address: Museumplein 10
Prices: €17,50
Nearby restaurants: Rijks, Loetje, The Seafood bar, Blushing (brunch)

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