HomeAway offers holiday apartments in Bijlmer, a cosmopolitan and architecturally exciting suburb of Amsterdam, just a few minutes by metro or train from the centre of the city. Holiday homes in Bijlmer are set up to accommodate couples and small groups, and would be ideal for if you’re in town to see a match at the nearby Amsterdam ArenA. All apartments in Bijlmer are set in modern buildings with interiors that boast contemporary design, and up-to-date household facilities like Internet and dishwashers.
-Local attractions. The Netherlands’ most famous football team, Ajax, is based in Bijlmer. At the impressive Amsterdam ArenA, you can drop in on the museum to learn about the club’s storied history. Bijlmer was laid out in the 60s as an enclave of Amsterdam to the southeast of the city. It was an ambitious and innovative urban plan, and you can still see many examples of utopian architecture here today, as well as fantastic newer structures, like the Bijlmer ArenA Station.
-Canal trips. A must for first-time visitors to the city, you can embark on a cruise of Amsterdam’s historic canals in a range of vessels from Prins Hendrikkade, Rokin, Damrak and Stadhouderskade. On the way you’ll see the majestic waterfront houses, countless bridges and houseboats that make Amsterdam so distinctive. You could buy a daily ticket for the Canal Bus and simply hop on and off at the top attractions and sights.
-Culture. Covering a range of fields, Amsterdam’s museums are some of the best in the world. The Anne Frank House on Prinsengracht preserves the rooms in which the famous diarist and her family hid for two years, as well as exhibitions on the holocaust. If you’re interested in modern architecture then the Museum of the Amsterdam School is essential. World-class art museums can be found at the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum.
-History. Amsterdam’s historic centre follows a lay out that is several hundred years old. At the very heart of the city is the Old Centre, where you can see original medieval wooden houses at Zeedijk and Begijnhof. With the 17th Century Golden Age came the construction of the Canal ring, and with it some of Amsterdam’s most opulent homes, most of which can still be seen today.
-Gastronomy. A rijstafel is Indonesian cuisine, involving small meat, vegetable and fish dishes served with rice. It has become an institution in Amsterdam and can be very spicy. Other international cuisines to sample include Surinamese and Chinese, at a host of snack-bars and restaurants around the Old Centre. More traditional fare comes in the shape of delicacies like raw herring, best enjoyed in season during the summer.
On holiday at self-catering accommodation in Bijlmer you’ll be in an Oceanic climate zone. The weather in Amsterdam is mild year-round, with no extreme highs or lows. Winters avoid prolonged snowfall or frosts because there’s so much water surrounding the city. In this season temperatures hover between 3 and eight degrees. Summers are pleasant, with comfortable temperatures reaching the low to mid-20s and regular sunny spells. The wettest months of the year are October and November, while the driest period is late-spring and early-summer.
Bijlmer holiday homes are in southeast Amsterdam, which has good connections to the centre of the city, as well as Schiphol Airport (AMS), which is about 20 minutes away to the west by car, depending on road traffic. The airport is a hub for some important European airlines, and there are plenty of links to the UK. You can get from Schiphol to Bijlmer by direct train, and there are also metro stations in this suburb on the 50, 53 and 54 lines.