ZuidoostAmsterdam

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For big entertainment, visit this multicultural district, home of the Amsterdam ArenA, Heineken Music Hall and the forested Gaasperpark where you can enjoy watersports.

In Zuidoost, catch a headlining international act at Heineken Music Hall, go horseback riding, canoeing or sailing at Gaasperpark or watch a football game at the Amsterdam ArenA. Zuidoost (Southeastern) is one of the most multicultural districts in Amsterdam and has recently become a hub for shopping and entertainment.

During the 1960s, Zuidoost was the site for a trial development of modern high-rise apartments surrounded by parks and plenty of public space, a very different aesthetic from the historic crowding of 19th-century townhouses. However, its distance from the city center and its cheap real estate meant that it was largely populated by migrants. It became a sort of ghetto. Visit today to appreciate how reinvestment has rehabilitated the area, providing economic and living centers in the southeast, particularly along ArenA Boulevard.

Here find the Heineken Music Hall, where some of the best international acts, from Beyoncé to Radiohead, perform. Watch an IMAX movie at the Pathé cinema or cheer on the teams playing in the Netherlands’ largest football stadium, Amsterdam ArenA. Soccer aficionados can even take a 1-hour tour of the stadium.

Shoppers will love exploring Amsterdam’s largest market area, the open-air Amsterdamse Poort mall, open Monday to Saturday. On Mondays and Thursdays in the car park, mingle with the multicultural crowd and taste street food at the stalls of the fashion, electronics and farmers’ markets. Next to the Heineken Music Hall, find the huge center for interior design and furniture, Villa ArenA Woonmall.

The whole district has pockets of greenery and parkland, but the best for recreation and forest walks is the 410-acre (166-hectare) parkland surrounding the artificial lake Gaasperplas. In the Gaasperpark nature reserve, try horseback riding and watersports, such as canoeing, fishing and sailing. Typical for the Netherlands, there are many bicycle tracks. During summer, camp overnight in the park.

Time your visit to enjoy one of the festivals held regularly in Zuidoost in warmer months, showcasing everything from hip hop to jazz. Don’t miss the huge Kwaku festival which features football, performances by famed DJs and even literature awards.

Zuidoost is a 20-minute train ride from the center of Amsterdam.

Top hotels in Zuidoost

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Jaz Amsterdam
Jaz Amsterdam
3.5 out of 5
De Passage 90, Amsterdam
NZ$122
per night
5 Jan. - 6 Jan.

Located in Zuidoost, this hotel is steps away from Johan Cruyff Arena and Ziggo Dome. AFAS Live and Academic Medical Centre are also within 3 miles (5 km). Strandvliet ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,700 reviews)

"4th time staying here and is always great! Such a massive comfy bed, bathroom very clean and love the speaker"…"

Reviewed on 27 Nov. 2019

Jaz Amsterdam
Hotel Levell
Hotel Levell
3.5 out of 5
NZ$83
per night
11 Dec. - 12 Dec.

Located in Zuidoost, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Johan Cruyff Arena and within 9 mi (15 km) of Heineken Experience and Rijksmuseum. Van Gogh Museum and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (524 reviews)

"The room was beautiful as was the bathroom. The shower was absolutely lovely. The staff were good and answered all our questions. The metro into the centre was only a little walk away and pretty easy to navigate. All in all, a very nice place to come back to after exploring in Amsterdam."…"

Reviewed on 6 Dec. 2019

Hotel Levell
Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam / Arena Boulevard
Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam / Arena Boulevard
3 out of 5
Hoekenrode 1, Amsterdam
NZ$127
per night
12 Dec. - 13 Dec.

Located in Zuidoost, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Johan Cruyff Arena and Ziggo Dome. Rembrandt Square and Heineken Experience are also within 6 mi ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,960 reviews)

"Mooie schone kamer, nederlands sprekende baliemedewerkers, prima ontbijt"…"

Reviewed on 9 Dec. 2019

Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam / Arena Boulevard
Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam - Arena Towers
Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam - Arena Towers
3 out of 5
Hoogoorddreef 66b, Amsterdam
NZ$96
per night
13 Dec. - 14 Dec.

Located in Zuidoost, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of AFAS Live and Johan Cruyff Arena. Ziggo Dome and Academic Medical Centre are also within 2 miles ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,595 reviews)

"Very nice hotel, clean, comfortable, close to the metro / train station with a 15 min journey to the city centre, very close to Johan Cruyff stadium and concert arena. Nice cold breakfast selection, comfortable bed, lovely shower and facilities. Wifi good too. Would definitely consider staying here ..."…"

Reviewed on 26 Nov. 2019

Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam - Arena Towers
Fletcher Hotel Amsterdam
Fletcher Hotel Amsterdam
4 out of 5
Schepenbergweg 50, Amsterdam, Noord Holland
NZ$117
per night
5 Jan. - 6 Jan.

Located in Zuidoost, this eco-friendly hotel is 1 mi (1.5 km) from Academic Medical Centre, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Ziggo Dome and AFAS Live. Johan Cruyff ...

4/5Very Good! (1,011 reviews)
Best city break

"I loved the hotel, restaurant and terrace. Beautifully designed and the room had such a modern - luxury feel to it. Was extremely pleased with the service too. Food in the restaurant is amazing.Staff helped us with travelling to central so it was easy to get back and forth each night."…"

Reviewed on 31 Aug. 2019

Fletcher Hotel Amsterdam
easyHotel Amsterdam Arena Boulevard
easyHotel Amsterdam Arena Boulevard
2 out of 5
Arena Boulevard 129, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
NZ$71
per night
5 Jan. - 6 Jan.

Located in Zuidoost, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of AFAS Live, Johan Cruyff Arena and Ziggo Dome. RAI Exhibition and Congress Centre and Rijksmuseum ...

3.9/5Very Good! (383 reviews)

"It’s really value for money. Excellent for a budget hotel."…"

Reviewed on 6 Sep. 2019

easyHotel Amsterdam Arena Boulevard

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Anne Frank House
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Anne Frank House

4.5/5(55 reviews)

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Van Gogh Museum
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Van Gogh Museum

4.5/5(77 reviews)

The work of one of the art world’s most enigmatic geniuses is the focus of this fascinating Amsterdam museum.

Rijksmuseum
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Rijksmuseum

4.5/5(94 reviews)

View one of the finest collections of Dutch masters in the world alongside priceless treasures from Asia and elsewhere.

Dam Square
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Dam Square

4/5(160 reviews)

History and heritage, fun and festivities come together in the beating heart of old and new Amsterdam.

Heineken Experience
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Heineken Experience

4.5/5(44 reviews)

Beer is the star attraction at this exhibition dedicated to Holland’s world-famous export.

Leidseplein
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Leidseplein

4/5(50 reviews)

From fine dining to fast food, concerts to clubbing, this popular entertainment hub in the heart of the city has something for everyone.

Top activities in Zuidoost

Stadium Tour at Johan Cruijff ArenA
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Stadium Tour at Johan Cruijff ArenA

NZ$27

Have you always wanted to visit the Johan Cruijff ArenA, the home of Ajax! Then let a guide from the Johan Cruijff ArenA share their knowledge and experience with you while you explore the stadium during the tour.

Amsterdam's Best Local Hotspots Private Tour with a Local
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Amsterdam's Best Local Hotspots Private Tour with a Local

NZ$34

There are so many unique things to experience in this awesome city, you only have to know where to look. Step into the shoes of a local during this unique Withlocals Originals tour and discover it with your private local guide.

Work on your body and mind by Yoga at Optisport Health Club
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Work on your body and mind by Yoga at Optisport Health Club

NZ$17

Bring your body and mind in balance. Yoga makes you aware of your inner world. During a yoga class you will be challenged both physically and mentally. You become aware of how to work your body and mind.

Try a form of yoga: Pilates at Optisport Health Club
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Try a form of yoga: Pilates at Optisport Health Club

NZ$17

Pilates is an excellent exercise for a balanced and flexible body, you train your core (abdominal and back muscles) for each exercise. Pilates focuses on coordination, stability, posture, breathing and balance between body and mind.

Swinging workout with Zumba lesson at Optisport Health Club
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Swinging workout with Zumba lesson at Optisport Health Club

NZ$17

Is the gym for you a “must” Have you had enough of all fitness equipment and do you want to try something new. Than you have to try Zumba. Never knew that working on your condition could be so much fun! Zumba is a fitness program where dancing and fitness meet.

The Johan Cruijff Amsterdam Arena Stadium Bike Tour
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The Johan Cruijff Amsterdam Arena Stadium Bike Tour

NZ$264

Important Note This tour is not available Sundays & Mondays. Start time daily at 10:30 & 14:00 What's the plan? Meeting Point In front of the Pathé Cinema at Bijlmer Amsterdam Arena train station.

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