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Centuries of creativity

Described by many as a village, Amsterdam packs the cultural punch of a city many times its size. While still retaining a bit of a ‘sex, drugs and rock 'n’ roll' reputation, Amsterdam is now more about being a ‘creative city’ where the high standards set by such Golden Age painters as Rembrandt are maintained. The city has become a global hub for art, design, architecture and advertising, but one where all its attractions are just a short and scenic bike ride away.

 Zuiderbad Patrick Mulder / CC BY-SA 3.0



Famous Historic swimming pool

Historic swimming pool Editors' Note

Zuiderbad is an indoor swimming pool located just behind the Rijksmuseum. The building itself was erected in 1897, on designs by Jonas Ingenohl, and was considered, at its time, one of the most modern edifices in Amsterdam.

Initially, the building was used by Rijwielschool Velox, a cycle school. Only in 1912 Zuiderbad officially opened as a swimming pool.

Zuiderbad was renovated several times during its existence, the last time in February 2013. Check the website for opening hours, which change seasonally.