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February 5

Ivan’s tip: Museumplein


Each week, our inside volk give their best tips on where to go in Amsterdam. This week Ivan from housekeeping tips us a place where he finds everything beautiful: The Museumplein, in the heart of Amsterdam. Ivan: “I often go here in summer, it’s a great place to relax, because of all the space you really feel free.”

Museumplein is probably one of the most photographed places in Amsterdam. With a lot happening, not only at the square itself, but also all the way around it, it’s definitely a magnet for a diverse range of people. Ivan: “I really enjoy different cultures, and this is a square that booms with it. It’s very different from my hometown, Rome, there it’s also stuffed with culture, but in a stressful, overwhelming way.”

3. Stedelijk Museum facade as seen from the Museumplein (Museum Plaza). Photo Ernst van Deursen_original

There’s more to the square than just photographing it. When Ivan has friends over from Italy, he always brings them to museumplein, to enjoy the sun, play some basket, kick a ball, see the Vondelpark or have a picnic. Ivan: “My dog is also in love with this square. It’s probably the place in Amsterdam, where I feel most like I’m at the seaside, because of all the air and space.” 


Who’s Ivan?
Ivan is our tattooed philosopher from Rome, who helps out with the housekeeping of our hotel. With plenty of hobbies like surfing in summer, boxing 6 times a week for 2 hours straight, learning Dutch and doing a minimum of 4 city trips a year, it’s amazing how he finds the time to work, but he does, and he sure is good at it.


Ivan has lived in Amsterdam for nearly a year now, coming from Rome, he tells that it’s quite a switch. Ivan: “The reason I chose to go to Amsterdam and for example not London, is because of it’s size. You know, everything is close and at a walking distance here, it makes things really local and easy going. Also the inhabitants are way more fond of their culture, always appreciating it and taking care.”

How to get there from Volkshotel?
Hire a bike at reception and be there in less than 10 minutes. You can also take the  tram 3 and get of at “museumplein” stop. Easy as that!

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