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Grand Sonnenberg Canal View Apartment - Most Central Location in Town

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Space 861 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Great for Families and Groups; Gorgeous Canal Views, 3 bedrooms

If you are planning on visiting Amsterdam with a group of friends or family, you need to search no further. With a spacious living/lounge/dining area and open kitchen this is a great home away from home. Many guests spend hours enjoying the amazing canal view this apartment has to offer.

You will literally find every type of shop and restaurant around the corner, and any and all of the major sights are within walking distance. This apartment will offer you insight into the history of Amsterdam itself. It was built over 400 years ago and still boasts many of its original characteristics.

Please note that pricing is an approximation, for a precise quote please send an enquiry. Rates include all taxes and charges. Prices for high demand dates may be as much as 30-40% higher than the indicative rates on this site (due to limited pricing options available). Rates may also be lower due to low demand or if your dates are very attractive.

Expanded description follows below, Click on More Details;


Sonnenberg Canal Apartment Amsterdam is located on the Herengracht canal, in the historic centre of Amsterdam. Surrounded by the famous nine-streets, these historic canal apartments were built in 1649 for the Sonnenberg family. It is one of the few apartment houses that still boast its original gable, which is a classical renaissance crow-stepped gable. This is a stair-step type of design at the top of the triangular gable-end of a building.

Not only the gable is still original, the interior with its solid oak beams as well as the winding staircase are original in the apartments. It is not hard to imagine this Dutch merchant family doing business from this very location. This family remained owners of these historic canal apartments well into the 19th century. Perhaps the heirs of these Sonnenberg’s are the same Sonnenberg’s as those who are among the ten richest families of the Netherlands.

This canal apartment is located on the top three two floors. Two flights of stairs are circular and one is a straight flight. One enters the Grand Sonnenberg apartment on the beletage, after climbing a set of stone stairs of half a floor level. All three floors have excellent views of the canals, and there is a bench on the porch as well as one on the canal side.

Behind the front door there is a hallway to the first set of circular stairs leading to a hallway on the first floor of the house. Practically every room in the house has its own adjustable radiators, it is quite easy to keep this house warm and comfortable in winter. As each room also has windows, it is quite easy to create a nice breeze in the house cooling it down in the summer. There are also fans available on the rare summer days (3 per year on average) that it is actually hot.

On the first floor there is a toilet in the hallway, and a door to the living/dining room. This floor has a beautiful wooden floor as well as beams supporting the floor above. In the front (canal side) of this floor there is a spacious living area with sofa’s (one is a sleeping sofa) and TV. This is a great area to relax after or before a day of exploring all the sights of Amsterdam. You will find an open kitchen and a large dining table in the back of the floor. The kitchen is fully equipped except for a dishwasher.

It is not hard to imagine enjoying a spending an evening with a good diner and equally good conversations at the dining table with dimmed light shining from the chandelier. With ample heating present, the smells from the kitchen and friends swapping stories at the table, this is typically what the Dutch will call “gezellig”. The word “gezellig” is considered to be an example of untranslatability, and is one of the hardest words to translate. Some consider the word to encompass the heart of Dutch culture.

One floor up with the circular staircase there is the floor with one bedroom (twins) in the front, with canal views and the master bedroom in the back (optional with twins, on request). On this floor located in between the two bedrooms is the bathroom, with a toilet, sink, and a bath with shower. The front bedroom has a wooden floor and the back bedroom a wooden floor, the bathroom floor is marble.

Lastly, of the converted attic floor only the front room is accessible for guests and has twins as well as canal views. The beautiful antique wooden roof-beams are visible here, instilling one with a deep sense of history that is present throughout the entire house.


Canal view

Central location (nine-streets)

Part of UNESCO world heritage

WiFi internet

Check in at apartment



Cable reception


Sound system

100 m2

3 bedrooms (2 double + 2 twins or 3 twins)

Open kitchen

Complete kitchen inventory

Microwave / Oven




Shower / Bath

2 toilets


Washing machine


Iron and ironing board

English Guide books

Bed linen and towels are provided

No Smoking

No party policy

Child safety is low due to steep circular stairs (see stairs section)

Location description

The Sonnenberg is located in the canal belt in the part known in Amsterdam as the “nine streets” area. The nine streets area is well known for its plentiful boutique shops, many restaurants, and its beautiful canals. This area is comprised of nine narrow streets running perpendicular with the four major canals (Singel, Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht) of the canal belt. It is distinctly different from other shopping districts as there is a large diversity of privately owned shops and specialized shops.

Nearby points of interest

9 Streets Area – 0 minutes walking

Flower Market – 2 minutes walking

Spui – 2 minutes walking

Dam Square – 3 minutes walking

Jordaan – 5 minutes walking

Westerkerk/Anne Frank – 5 minutes walking

Rembrandt plein – 6 minutes walking

Centraal Station – 15 minutes walking

Leidseplein – 15 minutes walking

Nieuwmarkt – 15 minutes walking


This apartment has 4 internal flights. From street level to the entrance there is a short stone flight of stairs up to the front door. From here there is a circular flight of stairs to the Living/kitchen level. The circular staircase continues up to a floor with 2 bedrooms and the full bathroom. From this last level there is a single flight of straight stairs up to the attic bedroom. The stairs are steep and narrow, as is typical for a 400 year old house. However with closed doors stairs are not accessible.

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Frisian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
5 April, 2017

About Wytse

I grew up in the hospitality business, with my parents running hotels and/or restaurants. Since 2005 I have been actively offering short stay apartment rentals in Amsterdam. In 2008 I purchased the Sonnenberg and have been managing the property ever since.

I love to share my experience of the wonderful city of Amsterdam. In my opinion the best way to see the city is with friends on an open canal boat on a nice day or evening.

My properties all have short stay permits and I operate them as a registered business with the Chamber of Commerce, properly paying taxes both VAT and city tax. This ensures you will not wake up early in the morning to government workers dropping by to check on illegal activities.

Wytse purchased this apartment in 2008

Why Wytse chose Amsterdam City

The location is one of the most central in the city, and on top of that the property catches some great sun in the afternoon and is located on the most beautiful part of the most beautiful canal of the city.

What makes this apartment unique

- location

- view

- afternoon sun

- character of the building itself

Guestbook comments from the manager

L'appartamento è davvero meraviglioso ed affaccia su uno dei più bei canali di Amsterdam: l'Herengracht. Vi sono stato con la mia famiglia (2 adulti e due bambini di 9 e 5 anni) e con una famiglia di amici ( 2 adulti e una bambina di 6 anni).

Era quello che cercaramo: una tipica casa olandese signorile. Appena si entra c'è un ingresso (in cui lasciavo il passeggino pieghevole) da cui parte una rampa di scale che arriva al bellissimo soggiorno con pranzo cucina e ripostiglio (c'è anche un piccolissimo bagno con wc e lavandino);al piano superiore ci sono due camere da letto (una affaccia sul canale e l'altra, un pò buia, ha solo delle finestre che affacciano sui tetti dei vicini), il bagno ha due ingressi (uno da una camera e uno dall'altra camera); dal vano scale c'è poi l'ultima ripidissima scaletta di pochi gradini che conduce al delizioso sottotetto con due letti ed una finestra che affaccia sul canale.

La posizione comodissima a due passi da tutto. Allo Spui troverete ristoranti ed anche un comodo supermercato aperto fino a tarda ora.

Il proprietario è gentilissimo, molto disponibile...una persona speciale!!!!
May 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in De 9 Straatjes in Grachtengordel-West

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 861 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • The 25% prepayment is never refunded in case of cancellations.
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet - Toilet
    Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 1 1/2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Anywhere - 1 Cot , On request
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Queen sized bed sleeps 2, can be 2 singles upon request
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , 2 single beds, sleeps 2
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 2 single beds, sleeps 2, can be queen
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
We supply some basics for the first day such as; - dish washing soap - coffee - tea - sugar - creamer - washing soap - toilet paper - trash bag - pepper - salt - olive oil - paper towels - toilet paper


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Grand Sonnenberg Canal View Apartment - Most Central Location in Town
average rating of 4.85 based on 25 reviews
brooklyn, NY

Magical- experience a slice of Amsterdam life

  • 5 of 5

This is a Awesome apartment in a truely incredible neighborhoood. I will skip the description of the location because other reviews have it covered. I traveled with my Husband and 2 teenage children over their Spring break. The owners attention to detail is perfect. The design decisions in the apartment are beautiful and practical. The house is very clean with a very good use of space, ample storage, and strong wi-fi.

Sitting in the living room looking out the windows is more than enough entertainment, a perfect place to relax and watch the busy city scape.

We cooked meals and felt all we needed was provided. Be aware the main supermarket is close, but they take cash, not Visa, M/C or Amex. Also, some pictures provided here are not exactly accurate, but overall our experience was amazing. I would stay here again, I would also recommend to friends.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Candace, It was lovely to have you and indeed some of the pictures are not accurate anymore as we are replacing all the furniture. New and 100% accurate pictures should go up by the start of May 2017 at the latest.
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Perfect Canal Apartment

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic family stay, 2 Adults and 3 kids, at the apartment in Amsterdam. Perfect location on the canal to watch the boats go by. Close to shops and attractions. Thanks Wytse for being a helpful host. Hope to come back soon! Lee.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing Canal house in perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Wytse's beautiful house 4 nights in January and we couldn't have picked a better accommodation! 5 adults and a 3 year old girl had an amazing time, very central, very clean, very practical. Wytse was a great host. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect location for a good stay

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic accomodation!

The house is a typical amsterdam house.. there is a lot of room, quite close to the centre, with a fantastic view of the canals.

Wytse is a perfect house host, gives you all the information you need to enjoy Amtedam.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best location in Amsterdam!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Wytse for sharing your wonderful apartment with us. We couldn't have stayed in a better spot - it was so close to everything! Everything we needed was provided and was perfect for all 6 of us. It was so lovely to meet your kind and hospitable parents as well. We loved having the Lighting Exhibit outside and would watch the many canal boats go by. It felt like home. We loved shopping in the 9 little streets district too. We will have to return next time during the warmer months. Everyone is so kind in Amsterdam! Thank you again!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location and service!

  • 5 of 5

If you want the Amsterdam experience - this is your place. Canal house and close to everything - we couldn't ask for a better place. Plus Wytse was extremely helpful and attentive. Be mindful that it does have typical steep staircases you see in these type of historic homes if mobility is an issue for you.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
Schiphol (AMS) Amsterdam Airport
Nearest Barpub
130 Metres
Nearest Ferry
25 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
8 Kilometres
Amsterdam Old Course
Nearest Train
1.5 Kilometres
Amsterdam Centraal Station
Nearest Motorway
3.2 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
38 Metres
Nearest Ski
21 Kilometres
Snowplanet - Velsen/Spaarnwoude
Nearest Beach
28 Kilometres
Zandvoort aan Zee
Car: not necessary

This apartment is located on the most beautiful part of the Herengracht Canal within the Nine-Streets area. Within 400 meters of the apartment you can find many shops and restaurants. The shops are all of a boutique type, so no usual suspects in this area. The restaurants vary from good value student restaurants to top of the bill, and from Tibetan cuisine to soul food, from breakfast to deli take outs.

For children and adults of all ages there is a playground in the direct area, with climbing racks, swings. Must see Museums within about 15-20 minutes walking/tram include; Anne Frank house, Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam Historical Museum and Canal House Museum. But there are at least 30 or 40 other museums nearby that are also worth visiting.

Without writing down an entire guide to the city of Amsterdam, this location will give you an excellent base to discover the many aspects of this world famous cosmopolitan city.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in De 9 Straatjes, Amsterdam area

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
medium - high
5 Apr 2017 - 31 Jul 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
1 Aug 2017 - 5 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
6 Nov 2017 - 3 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Base charge £168.44

Please note that pricing is an approximation, for a precise quote please send an enquiry. Rates include all taxes and charges.

Prices for high demand dates may be as much as 30-40% higher than the indicative rates on this site. Rates may also be lower due to low demand or if your dates are very attractive.

25% prepayment required before booking is confirmed.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

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