About the property
- Apartment861 sq. ft.
- Separate WC's1
- Minimum Stay1 - 5 nights
Great for Families and Groups and Gorgeous Canal Views and Best Location in Town
Sonnenberg is located on the Herengracht, in the historic centre of Amsterdam. Surrounded by the famous nine-streets, this historic canal house was built in 1649 for the Sonnenberg family. It is one of the few 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. It is not hard to imagine this Dutch merchant family doing business from this very location. This family remained owners of this historic canal house well into the 19th century, and perhaps the heirs of these Sonnenberg’s are the same Sonnenberg’s as those who are among the ten richest families of the Netherlands.
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Sonnenberg - Description
This apartment is located on two floors. Two flights of stairs are circular and one is a straight flight. One enters the Sonnenberg apartment on the beletage, after climbing a set of stone stairs of half a floor level. All 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 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 carpeted floor and the back bedroom a wooden floor, the bathroom floor is marble.
•Central location (nine-streets)
•Part of UNESCO world heritage
•carbon neutral energy
•Check in at apartment
•Property with short stay permit
•Smart HD widescreen TV
•HD Sat/Cable reception
•private laptop safe
•2 bedrooms (1 double + twins or 2 twins)
•Complete kitchen inventory
•Microwave / Oven
•Shower / Bath
•Iron and ironing board
•English Guide books
•Bed linen and towels are provided
•No party policy
•Child safety is low due to steep circular stairs (see stairs section)
The Sonnenberg is located in 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 2 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. The stairs are steep and narrow, as is typical for a 400 year old house. However with closed doors stairs are not accessible.
I personally meet my guests at the apartment to make sure they settle in alright. During the stay I am always available, and many times organize boat tours or advise my guests on special events during their stay.
The view from the apartment of the most beautiful canal is already awesome. But to be in the nine-streets area of the city means the coolest shops and restaurants are a literal stones-throw away.
From this location no sight is more than 15 minutes away by foot. There is access to more than a dozen tram-lines and bus-lines within 3 minutes walking.
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- Response time:
- within one hour
- English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Frisian
- Calendar last updated:
- May 25, 2018
I grew up in the hospitality business, with my parents running hotels and/or restaurants. 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.
Wytse purchased this Apartment in 2008
Why Wytse chose De 9 Straatjes
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
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Sports & Adventure Activities
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
The pictures do not do this place justice. It is even more impressive in person. The location is perfect, in the stunningly beautiful 9 Streets. It is immaculately clean and very well decorated. I wouldn’t have done it any other way.... this was a real find and a true gem. Just beware that there are 2 very steep flights of stairs. You won’t be happy if you have lots of heavy luggage! Otherwise it adds to the charm of this lovely canal house.
Beautiful space in a perfect, central location!
My family really enjoyed our recent stay in Amsterdam! Even though it was raining, this canal house was the perfect home base to retreat to when we needed a break. Centrally located, we were able to get anywhere we needed to in just a few minutes (whether by foot or tram) and the canal view can’t be beat! The apartment is spacious and well appointed. Wytse is an excellent host as well. Highly recommend staying here when visiting Amsterdam!
Wonderful stay in Amsterdam. Perfect!
An absolute perfect location. Everything you want to see in Amsterdam is 20 min max walk away! Museums, pancakes and secret courtyards! The apartment was as expected and it did not disappoint. Rooms were spacious, clean and comfortable. Living room was comfortable and inviting for a morning espresso or a late night snack. Overall best decision of the entire trip! Host was informative and easy to communicate with. Will recommend to family and friends and will most definitely come back for another stay soon!
This is an amazing property. Beautifully renovated
I loved this place and I didn't want to leave! It is a perfect location to explore all parts of Amsterdam. Very comfortable beds and linens, great light and good heating system which is important to me when I travel. I loved the interior design, modern amenities with the canal house historic feel. I felt instantly at home and I wouldn't stay anywhere else in Amsterdam. The owner was terrific and organized and polite. He also gave me great tips on bike rentals and restaurants. Look no further! Book this place!
A wonderful apartment!
This is a beautiful apartment in a perfectly central location.
It had everything we needed for our stay.
Wytse was very responsive during the booking, check in and during our stay.
I would highly recommend his property, it was a pleasure to call it our home in Amsterdam for a short while.
We spent four nights in this comfortable apartment. It was clean and had all the necessary kitchen utensils. It was the perfect place to get around Amsterdam and Wytse was a superb host. We really enjoyed the place. We would highly recommend this property!
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.