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ZuidoostAmsterdam

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
Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam / Arena Boulevard
Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam / Arena Boulevard
3 out of 5
Hoekenrode 1, Amsterdam
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is €76 per night

Located in Zuidoost, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Johan Cruyff Arena and Ziggo Dome. Heineken Experience and Rembrandt Square are also within 9 mi ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,996 reviews)

"Great location , good breakfast, and friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2020

Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam / Arena Boulevard
Hotel Joy
Hotel Joy
3 out of 5
Hullenbergweg 385, Amsterdam, noord-holland
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is €60 per night

Located in Zuidoost, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of AFAS Live, Johan Cruyff Arena and Ziggo Dome. Academic Medical Centre is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) away. Bullewijk ...

4.1/5Very Good! (743 reviews)

"Easy late check in. Very flexible and friendly staff with good customer service. And was clean and nice."…"

Reviewed on 10 Feb 2020

Hotel Joy
Hotel Levell
Hotel Levell
3.5 out of 5
Hullenbergweg 353, Amsterdam
The price is €45 per night

Located in Zuidoost, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Johan Cruyff Arena, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Heineken Experience and Dam Square. Rijksmuseum and Leidseplein ...

4.3/5Excellent! (712 reviews)

"This was a very nice hotel, location is great and I wouldn't mind to stay here again"…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

Hotel Levell
Jaz Amsterdam
Jaz Amsterdam
3.5 out of 5
De Passage 90, Amsterdam
The price is €84 per night

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,801 reviews)
First time to Amsterdam

"A wonderful place right next to the Ziggo Dome and short walk to Bijlmer Arena. The room was cozy ale clean, the staff was friendly and helpful. It was the perfect place to come back to after a long day of exploring the city."…"

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2020

Jaz Amsterdam
a&o Amsterdam Zuidoost
a&o Amsterdam Zuidoost
2 out of 5
Hogehilweg 22, Amsterdam

Located in Zuidoost, this hostel is within 2 miles (3 km) of AFAS Live, Johan Cruyff Arena and Ziggo Dome. Academic Medical Centre is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away. Bullewijk ...

3.7/5Good! (599 reviews)

"ITs so clean. And has excellent services and the staff is so friendly"…"

Reviewed on 29 Feb 2020

a&o Amsterdam Zuidoost
Fletcher Hotel Amsterdam
Fletcher Hotel Amsterdam
4 out of 5
Schepenbergweg 50, Amsterdam, Noord Holland
The price is €90 per night

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 ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,046 reviews)

"Good"…"

Reviewed on 10 Nov 2019

Fletcher Hotel Amsterdam

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Anne Frank House
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Anne Frank House

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See where this brave and famous Jewish teenager hid from the Nazis during World War II and recorded her world-famous diary.

Van Gogh Museum
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Van Gogh Museum

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This modern museum houses the world’s largest collection of the legendary Dutch master painter who led a troubled life and never saw his work become famous.

Rijksmuseum
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Rijksmuseum

4.5/5(901 reviews)

This palatial building full of Dutch paintings and international artifacts is the country’s largest public-funded museum.

Dam Square
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Dam Square

4/5(2,088 reviews)

Amsterdam’s iconic square, with its cobbled stones and grand historical buildings, is a lively gathering place and venue for protests and celebrations.

Heineken Experience
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Heineken Experience

4.5/5(478 reviews)

Learn how a well-known Dutch beer is made, then drink a sample at this famous former brewery.

Leidseplein
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Leidseplein

4/5(892 reviews)

This lively square in the heart of Amsterdam’s cultural district offers dining and entertainment, with an array of theater, movie, music, comedy and street performances.

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Amsterdam's Best Local Hotspots Private Tour with a Local

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Per adult
Blue Boat Company Evening Cruise
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Blue Boat Company Evening Cruise

86% of travellers recommend
€20
Per adult
Dutch Countryside Tour with Windmills, Volendam & Marken
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Dutch Countryside Tour with Windmills, Volendam & Marken

88% of travellers recommend
€59
Per adult
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€85
Per adult
Amsterdam XtraCold Icebar Tickets with Drinks
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Amsterdam XtraCold Icebar Tickets with Drinks

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€23
Per adult
Guided Small-Group Tour to Zaanse Schans Windmills
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Guided Small-Group Tour to Zaanse Schans Windmills

94% of travellers recommend
€40
Per adult

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