This boutique style hotel is located close to the Prinsengracht in the centre of Amsterdam, yet on a quiet street, so after a long day of exploring head back for peace and tranquillity at the Mercure. The hotel is easy to reach by tram, with stops on Vijzelgracht (line 16/24/25) or the Weteringcircuit (line 7/10).
Dam Square, the Royal Palace and the city's most famous museums (the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House) are all within walking distance of the hotel.Grachtenfestival (Canal Festival)
If you are planning to visit Amsterdam in summertime, make sure you catch the magnificent Grachtenfestival (Canal Festival) from 15 to 24 August 2014. The historic city centre of Amsterdam, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2010, hosts the ten-day festival of classical music at numerous unique locations.Anne Frank Huis (Anne Frank House)
The small, but highly, popular Anne Frank House annually attracts up to 1 million visitors per year; expect lengthy queues. It is the historic home where Anne Frank, her family and four other Jewish people hid from the occupying Germans during WWII, after fleeing their native Germany. Finally caught by the Nazis after two years in hiding, they were taken off to concentration camps, where Anne eventually died. However, her father survived and published her diary, which takes pride of place here.Hermitage Amsterdam
Housed in the historic Amstelhof, this recently opened museum is a sibling of its namesake in St Petersburg. The main permanent collection focuses on artistic and cultural links between Russia and the Netherlands, with exhibits brought in from St Petersburg. There are also a wide range of temporary exhibitions, as well as a section on the heritage of the historic home of the museum itself.