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Central Library (Openbare Bibliotheek)

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Oosterdokskade 143, 1011 DL Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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All reviews top floor children's area mouse house great view of the city modern architecture central station beautiful building worth a visit libraries oba escalator nemo media dutch collection canal
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Reviewed today

I have not had the opportunity or have not put the time to go and visit this place; and it's a shame since it's amazing! Super cool decoration, at the upper floor there is couple of restuarants and bars, and a terrace. 7 floors to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jaimewd
Reviewed 2 days ago

I love going to the cafe on the top floor and looking out over the city. On a sunny, clear day it is absolutely spectacular, but even when it's overcast it is still a nice view. And it's free!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank EscondidoGirl
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an impressive library. We visited to go to the top floor to view the city views and we were not disappointed. There are places to eat and drink on the top floor with views which can't be beaten! Very good location and good views....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Vicky_reading06
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a fun, unique library with some surprises inside for visitors. Upon entering, you notice the artistic lighting, which gives you the idea that this is not your typical library. There are many floors to this library. An escalator takes you up level after...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Andrea V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Too busy! The library is busier than a coffee shop on a Sunday. Wifi is free in the bar area on "ground level" (which is not wheelchair accessible as far as I can see, as it is up a couple of stairs), but on the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank w79b
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Located a few minutes away from central station in Oud Zuid („eastern part“), you‘ll find a fine, white building close to the water: This is the central city library, which is open to students, book worms and the general public. There are reading areas, play...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank MarlonC324
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I envy Dutch students. If I had such library as this one, I think I would have studied more when I was student. The location is a little bit offy, but the library has everything you need in one spot. And the building itself is...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank neias
Reviewed 12 December 2018 via mobile

This was recommended to us by the owner of our B&B. He was spot on - good food at a good price. The downside was that the terrace was closed. It was dry and cold with no wind and we wanted to take photos, which...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank allanf556
Reviewed 9 December 2018

The library itself is cool to see, but maybe not much of a reason to stop on its own. However, if you are in the area anyways around lunch, it has a nice restaurant on the top story with an excellent view, and that makes...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Erin K
Reviewed 11 November 2018

We had about an hour to spend between dinner & our tour of the Anne Frank Haus, so going to the Openbare Bibliotheek was a perfect choice. We enjoyed a coffee while perusing the wide variety of magazines. Even for us non-Dutch speakers, we could...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank BaliloverNewYork
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best sightseeing, shopping, and street life in Europe.
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of Haalremmerdijk, the pedestrianized zones
Kalverstraat and Dam Square with popular neighborhoods
such as the Red Light District, and the Canal Ring
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