Damiana Mariani


Michael Haneke – the exceptional director

„Of course the audience prefers to encounter a well packaged lie. The truth hurts, that’s why we don’t want to see it.“

He presents those sides of real life that we prefer to avoid. Hoffmann & Campe are now publishing all this major scripts in one volume. Why Michael Haneke is one of the last superb filmmakers.

An elderly woman has a stroke. From now on she is imprisoned in her own body, bound to a wheelchair and her bed, dependent on care; she has to endure the shame of wetting herself, having her hands washed by strangers. Everything trickles away, freedom, dignity, language, everything that made life worth living, but he is still there, Georges, her husband. And with him love. He has promised her that he would not let her be taken away. And now she is pleading with him to put an end to it all. That is LIEBE, Michael Haneke’s eleventh film, a stroke of genius. In 2012 he received an Oscar for the film, although the Austrian writer-director works on a level far removed from any Hollywood formula. His films are free of clichés and void of sentimentality. „In the mainstream you have rules“, claims Haneke, „Nothing can happen to animals or children. But in reality something does happen to them.“ And it is all about this reality. Haneke‘s films are hard and cruel and at the same time hold a warm beauty. They show us life, how it is, not more beautiful, not better. During the process, the visionary avoids trying to convey any messages. In a Haneke film there are no answers, but issues are raised.

Haneke grew up in Wiener Neustadt in a family of actors. Allegedly he wanted to give up school at an early age to be an actor himself, but then studied philosophy, psychology and theatre studies in Vienna. At the age of 47 he presented his first cinema film, DER SIEBENTE KONTINENT, disturbing, it arms us for the ruthless truth that will shower down on us in his coming works. To name but three: In BENNYS VIDEO a teenager kills a girl for pure sensationalism in 1992 and films the crime. In an attempt to get the boy out of the situation he has got himself into, his parents become liable for prosecution themselves. A level of loyalty that the protagonist himself will not reciprocate. In 2001 in DIE KLAVIERSPIELERIN Haneke adapted the novel of the same name from the Austrian winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Elfriede Jelinek. Without any frills he stages the story of the internally blunted piano teacher, who is drilled by her control-addicted mother to become a pianist and who fails in her endeavours to have a sadomasochistic relationship with one of her students. DAS WEISSE BAND – EINE DEUTSCHE KINDERGESCHICHTE deals with mysterious occurrences and traumatizing attacks on children made compliant from an overbearing upbringing in a protestant village. The film, demanding, difficult, but ingenious, was awarded with the Golden Palm in Cannes in 2009.

Hoffmann & Campe have now packed all major scripts from the 76-year-old between two book covers in DIE DREHBÜCHER. Plus: The completed script to FLASHMOB, not yet released. A special treat for cineastes and deep thinkers alike.

Photos Copyrights: Hoffmann & Campe, X Verleih

Fireworks for your Palate


He triggered a vegetable revolution and serves us the most sinful desserts. Star chef and bestselling author Yotam Ottolenghi tempts the word with unconventional recipes

From time to time a tantalizing world lies in wait between two covers of a book, in terms of SWEET maybe even the sweetest. In his new recipe book star chef Yotam Ottolenghi, together with Helen Goh, celebrates sinful moments with promising desserts. Their composition may sometimes seem unconventional (Brownies with tahin and halwa), but always guarantees a high level of enjoyment (Grappa fruit cake). Ottolenghi himself has a sweet tooth. And his cooking career actually began with him whipping sugar and egg whites. In the nineties he completed his training at Le Cordon Bleu School of cookery. Ottolenghi is 30, a late starter in the gastronomy world. Because although his first word was „war ma“, a short form for marak, the Hebrew word for soup, and his father calls him a goloso (greedy glutton), in his early twenties Ottolenghi studied philosophy and literature at the university of Tel Aviv. Where he was to experience freedom as a young homosexual for the first time. While studying for his doctor title, he decided to take a break. He moved to London, enrolled at a renowned school of cooker, dropped out and became an assistant to the head pastry chef at Launceston Place,

an exclusive restaurant that was frequented by Princess Diana at the time. When a waiter called out to him one evening through the service lift: „that was the best Brownie I’ve ever eaten!“, he knows that he has taken the right path. However, Ottolenghi did not make a name for himself with his legendary desserts; but rather his unique way of cooking vegetables. Ottolenghi shows that vegetables are not simply an accompaniment but the star of every dish. And his success proves him right: In 2006 the Guardian called and asked him to submit a vegetarian column. There followed major TV specials. Ottolenghi now runs several restaurants and delis in London. He has published seven cookbooks, two of which are dedicated exclusively to vegetarian cuisine, and most recently SIMPLE: dishes with minimum effort and maximum taste. Almost every day the 49-year old creates new recipes and perfects existing ones. „Unconditional praise is rare and there is often a plethora of improvement suggestions“, says Ottolenghi, „but when you do come across the missing puzzle piece that makes the recipe complete, it is like a revelation. Everything disintegrates into harmony.“

“When dining, I always look for the drama taking place in my mouth. Not every bite has to be a statement, but I am always on the lookout for the little firework.”

Photos Copyrights: Peden + Munk, Adam Luzsniak, DK Verlag

Lissabon – Insider Guide

One of a kind

So it is officially the most beautiful city in the world. Fresher than Rome, more relaxed than Rio, more romantic than Paris. Nevertheless, beauty does always lie in the eye of the beholder. And if this city would put a crown on itself, it would be a little crooked. Because Portugal‘s capital is above all one thing: enviably modest. And at the same time thrillingly authentic. A metropolis in the midst of a culinary boom with excellent Street Food and innovative Michelin-acclaimed Haute Cuisine. Lisbon will completely bowl you over, that’s a promise, and yes, because of the food, but not only.


The AlmaLusa Baixa/Chiado is a small, select boutique hotel situated in Lisbon’s historical district, not far from the famous Praça do Comércio (a popular spot for events of every kind) and the Padrão dos Descobrimentos (on the banks of the Tagus River, from which Portuguese explorers set sail back in the day). The AlmaLusa offers 28 beautifully decorated rooms, adorned with striking wallpaper from the British hotshot designer Andrew Martin. Classic Portuguese dishes are served in the in-house Delfina restaurant.

AlmaLusa Baixa/Chiado
Praça do Munícipio, 21
1100-365  Lissabon 

The renowned architect Luis Rebelo de Andrade worked for almost six years with the owner Heleen Uitenbroek on the Santiago de Alfama project. The former Palace from the 15th century is now a 5-star hotel with 19 rooms – each one unique and hard to top for stylistic confidence. Great value is attached to the personal needs of the guests, for example, one of the luxuries is the hotel’s own driver, Kevin, who on request brings you to the most beautiful parts of Lisbon in the polished Jaguar.

Santiago de Alfama

Rua de Santiago 10 a 14
1100-494 Lissabon

Sometimes more is simply more: The Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisboa is without doubt a venue of superlatives. It is the look: Art Deco coupled with a modern Louis-XVI style. The abundance of indigenous artwork. In the lobby you can view the works of Almada Negreiros. And the view from the Veranda restaurant, where you share promises over brunch and sunrise, or can put them into practice over a glass of wine and sunset.

Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisboa
R. Rodrigo da Fonseca 88
1099-039 Lissabon
Reservations: +351 (21) 381-1400


Sugar, butter, eggs: Pastéis de nata is Portugal‘s sweetest temptation. You can delight in the best example of these custard tarts sprinkled with cinnamon and as big as a plate in the Pastéis de Belém confectioners. They make 20.000 of them every day. The exact baking method is a strict secret and as old as the Hieronymite monastery that is located in the same part of the city. The recipe should never have passed through its walls but an epicurean monk was concerned that the recipe might die out.

When you book your flights, you would be well advised to book a table in the Michelin acclaimed LOCO at the same time. Star chef Alexandre Silvas‘ Discover menu promises fourteen unforgettable moments, consisting of four snacks, six dishes and two desserts – at a current price of 86 Euros. Organic Fine Dining conjured up in an open kitchen

The Belcanto is Portugal‘s first restaurant to be distinguished with two Michelin stars. One of the many requirements in star chef José Avillez‘ kitchen: Art combined with craft. And the objective: to trigger memories of people, places and times gone by with the created dishes.

Another Michelin star is the Catalan Sergi Arola, who produces veritable works of art on a plate in his LAB. If the dishes did not promise to give you an oral orgasm, it would be a crime to eat them. In addition to creative contemporary cuisine with a Portuguese touch the little gourmet temple offers 550 wines, exclusive cognacs and Armagnac.

In Tapisco the celebrity chef Henrique Sá Pessoa fuses Spanish and Portuguese delicacies. There are tapas and petiscos, paellas, etc. The dishes are a dream and are served in a small, modern restaurant in a relaxed atmosphere.

For those who aim high: Topo is perhaps Lisbon’s most beautiful rooftop bar. Peppered with a diverse crowd, live DJs, tasty drinks and an impressive panorama over the historic district of Mouraria. And if you are really lucky, they may even show a film.

Staying at this level, the spacious Sky Bar, in the ninth story of the Tivoli hotel. The view extends over the city to the open sea. And delicious small dishes are served to keep hunger at bay.

By the Wine is the first flagship store from the family of José Maria da Fonesca, who began to produce wine himself in 1834. You can sample fine wines at the bar, accompanied by cheese made locally, or oysters, salmon ceviche, meat and of course heavenly desserts. Occasionally you can take part in wine tastings and courses.


Tivoli Skybar

By the Wine


It’s up to you if you can tear yourself away from eating to have time to go shopping or not. It is well worth it in the Centro Comercial Colombo situated in Carnide; it is one of the largest shopping centres in Europe and in the mini mall Embaixada, situated in the trendy Principe Real district. A short walk away from the São Domingos Church, you can find a small millinery, the Chapelaria Azevedo. It was founded in 1886 and specialises in making hats of all kinds, the majority of them timeless classics. They are also happy to create customised pieces. International designers are represented mainly in the Avenida da Liberdade. But there are also a number of enticing little alleys or even whole streets to wile away the shopping hours. On one such street, the Calçada da Estrela, directly in front of the pretty Park Jardim da Estrela, you will encounter sweet Portuguese taste sensations. In the Casa dos Ovos Moles there are all sorts of delicacies, from the encharcada (an eggy sweet dessert with cinnamon), through to the pastel de Tentúgal (a filling mixed with yolk and sugar and wrapped in sweet puff pastry). If you have time book a workshop and learn the art of baking traditional desserts.


If there is a heaven on earth then at the Avenida 24 de Julho, in the Time Out Market Lisboa, an absolute Gourmet Mecca. Thirty of the best, coolest, most innovative chefs in Portugal offer their most delicious dishes under one roof. In one huge hall there are 23 restaurants, ten stands, eight bars and four shops in a row. Entertainment is provided in the form of live concerts and cooking courses. You can for example learn how to prepare pastéis de nata in a workshop. Open from Sunday to Wednesday, 10.00-00.00, Thursday to Saturday, 10.00-02.00.

Instead of getting into the legendary tramline 28 and getting your feet trod on, follow its tracks to the stop Sé, to Catedral Sé Patriarcal; you have a spectacular view over Lisbon from here.

Visit one of the many Fado Bars, get enraptured by Portuguese folk music, dance til the wee small hours, and forget all your sins. The best place to do this is Bairro Alto, Lisbon‘s scene district. The Park (Calçada do Combro 58) is located here, a bar, if you will, loaded down with plants and lamps, built on the roof of a parking garage, with good cocktails and a great view over the city.

A must for cultural savvys: a visit to the Hieronymite monastery. It is considered one of the most significant buildings in the Portuguese Manueline style, a splendid Portuguese style of architecture. Guaranteed to amaze even cultural philistines.

If you have the time, we recommend a trip to the Museu do Design e da Moda (in short MUDE). Housed in an old Palace, the collection covers thousands of works from design and fashion, including treasures from Yves Saint Laurent and Vivienne Westwood. Admission free.

The journey to Sintra, 25 kilometres West of Lisbon, is a journey back to the Palaeolithic period. The natural landscape is a UNESCO world heritage site and particularly unique because of the centuries’ old palaces and castles. The National Palace of Sintra is especially worth a visit; a former Royal Palace, its construction represents a conglomerate of different architectural styles with its large conical chimneys.

An hour away from Lisbon, you can find the picturesque fishing village Ericeira with numerous sandy beaches, also known as surfers’ paradise. Not far from here is the National Palace of Mafra. Its library is considered one of the most beautiful in the world.

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Madrid Insider’s Guide

The passion of Spain

Falsa modestia is not Madrid’s thing. Madrid is not modest; it is grandiose, with magnificent buildings and impressive squares, the Plaza de España with its handsome Miguel de Cervantes to name only one. Madrid offers countless photo opportunities. However, those who think that the 7 million metropole is only nice to look at, should take a second look. Madrid pulsates with life. In the centre of Spain they express their emotions – the people chat to each other, kiss on every street corner – and cuisine is celebrated – they eat late, preferably lots, and particularly well. Admittedly, for some that may be a little too much of a good thing. On the other hand, can we ever really get enough of something good?


In a central location, not far from numerous attractions, you will find The Principal. The stylish boutique hotel will captivate you with its own terraza, one of the most beautiful in Madrid, delicious cocktails and exquisite haute cuisine. If you have come to Madrid to relax, we can recommend the wellness suite with integrated sauna.

The Principal Madrid Hotel
Marqués de Valdeiglesias, 1
28004 Madrid

The 5-star Único hotel also serves exquisite award-winning cuisine. The in-house restaurant Ramon Freixa Madrid has already been selected as the best in the city and is popular among wine connoisseurs. On Sundays, Único invites you to a sumptuous foodie-brunch, serving dishes ranging from delicious detox smoothies to leg of lamb on Oriental sauce.

Hotel Único Madrid
Claudio Coello, 67
28001 Madrid

Tótem is situated in the heart of Salamanca, the fashion district in Madrid.  The rooms and suites win you over with their unpretentious, elegant design and a walk-in rain shower. You can treat yourself to a drink or a small appetizer at the cocktail bar before you dine at the Hermosos or immerse yourself in the Madrid nightlife.

Tótem Madrid
Calle de Hermosilla, 23
28001 Madrid

The old and new Madrid merge in the trendy Urso Hotel & Spa, in the reception hall, in the restaurant, in the rooms and in the praiseworthy spa with hydrotherapy pool. You can choose from special treatments including a selection for men such as Hot Shells Massage or the Royal Oxigen Ritual.

URSO Hotel & Spa Madrid
Mejía  Lequerica, 8
28004 Madrid


A trip to Madrid is synonymous with a gourmet trip. Or rather it should be. The selection of fine restaurants in the Spanish capital is considerable. And in the past while there has been a particular surge. In the newly opened Chow Chow, for example, there are Japanese specialties with a South American touch. The dishes are just as mesmerising as the restaurant interior: sleek chic with plants and leaves that hang from the ceiling.

In contrast, the Coque, which has been awarded two Michelin stars, is three generations old but none the less innovative. The Sandoval brothers potter about here and work wonders. Mario, Rafael and Diego offer their guests a superlative culinary experience. The legendary Q17 menu consisting of six starters, nine main courses and three desserts provides three hours of gastronomic pleasure.

Madrid’s most authentic restaurant is the Taberna La Revoltosa. One feasts here with the gatos, in German cats, in other words the Madrileños from the hip parts of town, because it is in their nature to go out, stay out late and to have fun. You can eat your fill of braised meat, sandwiches and hamburgers and partake of diverse alcoholic beverages.

In Pointer you are in the company of the Madrid jet set. They offer the best dishes from all corners of the world because you do not have to commit yourself, as long as it tastes good. And it always does in Pointer. Nice touch: The cosy seating groups offer room for five to six people.

If there is one place where one has to have eaten in Madrid, it is the Peyote San. The menu offers Japanese-Mexican delicacies. You should have a good appetite, but if not, it will be stimulated by the sight of the sumptuous, creatively presented dishes.

Fismuler’s menu offers traditional Spanish dishes (with a slightly Nordic touch). They are simple, fresh and very very good. Fismuler places a high priority on local produce. They advocate understatement. Simply typically Nordic, everything a little unflustered, with modest charm and a guarantee of quality.




If you discover Madrid on a culinary level, you are on the right path, but Spain’s capital does not only offer gourmet highlights. Here are a few of the most beautiful venues: The Almudena-Kathedrale is like no other cathedral. It was only completed in 1993 and captivates with a modern interior of Pop-Art deco from the Madrid artist Kiko Argüello. The Madrid city palace, Palacio Real, is as pretty as it is worth visiting, however it has been claimed that the Spanish royal family resides in the somewhat more modest Zarzuela palace. The gateway to Europe (Puerta de Europa) is another attraction, two high-rise buildings converging into each other at the Plaza de Castilla, also called KIO towers. And when the time comes to take it easy, you can visit one of the idyllic parks, of which there are many in Madrid. The largest is the recreational area Casa de Campo, former hunting ground for the Spanish royal family. Today it is the location for an amusement park, a funicular, a zoo, diverse sporting facilities and the Feria de Madrid on the 1700-hectare site.


Madrid’s shopping miles are the Calle Fuencarral (hip), the Calle Preciados and Calle Carmen (inexpensive) or the Calle Almirante (classic fashion at a classic price).
Or the Concep Store El Paracaidista. The selection: Clothes with that certain something (from Cog Sportif, Teekes, Bataasta, William Webster, Bultaco, etc.), accessories, every kind of lifestyle gadget, modern deco and furniture, tech stuff and some toys for Peter Pans. There is also a gourmet department, in case you have just run out of olive oil or the wine supply is disappearing fast. And the best feature: an in-house Movie Bar.


Warhol. El Arte Mécanico, Exhibition @ Caixa Forum, 1.2.-6.5.
Documenta Madrid, Documentary film festival @ Cineteca Madrid, 3.5.-13.5.
Madrid book fair @ Retiro-Park, May-June
Bruno Mars concert @ Stadium Wanda Metropolitano, 22.6.
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Madrid @ Exhibition Madrid, 5.7.-9.7.
Vogue Fashion’s Night Out @ diverse shops,
Madrid Exquisito @ diverse gourmet restaurants, October

Ibiza Insider’s Guide

Pearl in the Mediterranean

On one side of the island there are evergreen forests of pine trees, white washed fincas in the mountain hills, abandoned coves, where dolphins dare to jump, an idyllic picture that characterizes Ibiza. On the other side: pulsating nightlife. Ibiza, the island of contrasts. Or maybe not? In reality does not differentiate, it unites. Live and let live, is its unspoken motto. And that is one of the reasons for the popularity of this island ninety kilometres east of the Spanish mainland. Go on a culinary mission with us, follow us to our favourite spots – you won’t regret it …


You can relish your holiday with all your senses at Finca Can Marti. The seventeen hectare farm lies at the foot of a hill and is surrounded by pine trees in the Area Natural de Es Amunts, a protected valley in the north of the island. Dreamy bays are in close proximity, as is the picturesque village of San Juan with its weekly market. The fruit and vegetables from their own organic garden are served for breakfast and can also be purchased from the farm shop. Can Marti also has the very first eco pool on the island and a biotope with frogs, butterflies and dragonflies. Relax in the Hammam or book a yoga class outdoors. There is a selection of suites and two Casitas for your overnight stay.

Finca Can Marti
Venda de Ca’s Ripolls 29
07810 San Joan de Labritia, Ibiza

Finca Can Marti


Discover real Ibiza and follow the narrow paths through wild countryside, past hidden coves to this nature hotel: Atzaró lies far off the beaten tourist path inland. A pearl with an open spa in the middle of orange groves. Drink a detox juice in the 43 metre long pool or treat your palate in La Veranda Restaurant with Ibizan and Mediterranean delicacies.

Crta Sant Joan KM 15
07800 Santa Eularia Des Riu, Ibiza

The NOBU is a top-class luxury resort, situated in the picturesque Talamanca bay, a short walk from Botafoch yacht harbour. In the restaurant of the same name Nobu Matsuhisa conjures up innovative Japanese fusion cuisine. There are also another three restaurants to choose from: Chambao beach restaurant with delicious fish dishes and relaxed parties in the moonlight. Celisioso-Café with its fresh smoothies and gluten free dishes. And Peyotito with its Mexican specialities and excellent tequila cocktails.

NOBU Hotel Ibiza Bay
Cami ses Feixes 52
07800 Ibiza



A visit to Amante is an absolute must, a pretty beach restaurant, directly on the Sol d’en Serra bay. The menu offers modern Mediterranean dishes with ingredients from their own organic garden. During the week there are outdoor yoga classes in the morning with breakfast afterwards. And in the evening you can get comfortable on the beanbags under a starlit sky with sparkling wine and popcorn and watch classic films. The organised film nights were even selected by the Independent and the Daily Mail as one of the most beautiful cinematic experiences in the world.

Amante Ibiza

Amante’s little sister is called: Ayianna and is situated on the Cala Nava. You can take a yoga class here as well. The cuisine is fresh, seasonal and healthy. A gem of the restaurant is the silver coloured Food Truck, in which delicious Sharing Plates and fresh juices are prepared to name but a few.


In Bambuddha you go on a journey along the spice route in Spain, through Thailand and Vietnam to Japan. All sorts of delicacies are served, predominantly of Asian origin, such as Baos (steamed Chinese buns), Korean beef Tatar, octopus carpaccio, Yuzu Hamichi, Wafu beef, curries and Sushi. And the desserts bear enticing names such as
Coconut Milk Foam, Group Orgasm or Kisetsu. They are of course enjoyed in the presence of Buddhas and bamboo, in the temple or outdoors.


Cas Costas is in the truest sense a rustic, traditional Ibizan restaurant near Sant Josep and Playa d’en Bossa. It specialises in meat – for example Spanish veal loin, a sirloin steak or a premium Galician beef entrecôte – hot from the grill. A nice touch: There is a playground for the little ones, for the adults an organic shop with delicatessen and a wide selection of Spanish wines.

Cas Costas

The Giri Café in San Juan follows simple principles: eat in season, eat sustainably, eat in company, plant a garden, buy from the market, cook simply, recycle, set the table carefully, captivate all your senses and: every dish is a present. And if you accept the present in Giri Café, it is a true culinary delight. We recommend that you book a table directly in the garden.

Giri Café

Hidden away behind high stone walls lies Las Dos Lunas, a lushly planted courtyard, the ideal location for a romantic dinner for two. The cuisine is Italian, a lot of the ingredients are from the organic garden and the bread is baked directly on the patio in a wooden oven.

Las Dos Lunas

The best Tapas in Ibiza can be found at El Zaguán. Both locals and tourists agree, there are a few more of the former and a few less of the latter. The owner comes out of the kitchen every ten minutes with fresh Tapas, which he offers directly at the table, reinforcements can be collected at the bar. You should try as many Tapas as possible, it’s worth it, and it won’t break the bank.

The Sa Punta promises fine Dining with five-star service and on top of that a truly spectacular view of the Talamanca bay and Ibiza’s old town. You can enjoy the same view in Patchwork, on the rooftop terrace, Ibiza’s number one for Lebanese delicacies. You can share dishes, nip at your cocktail and relax to the music. The final jewel in the restaurant chain is the Ginger, an Asian Food Bar. The same view, similar colourful decor, but this time with Asian dishes and exotic spices.

Sa Punta



Stroll through the Old town, it is a UNESCO world heritage site and harbours numerous restaurants, bars and boutiques. The Santa Maria cathedral crowns the highest point – from where you have a perfect view of Ibiza – and is a magnificent treasure from the 14th century.

Discover the island and its coves from the water and book a catamaran, a sailing boat or a yacht from Chateralia. The sailing trips around Ibiza or over to Formentera are a dream. The boats can be rented by the hour, day or even for by the week. The comfort level corresponds to the price, but is always first-class.

Book your boot camp or Body & Wellness Retreat. Top Hill retreats offers both in pretty villas in the North of the island, all just a few steps away from the beach and furnished with every possible comfort. The concept is a combination of intensive training (power, stamina and movement), the corresponding food and relaxation (yoga and massage). On request you can take part in additional activities organized outside the boot camp such as kayaking, wind surfing, riding or mountain biking.


It is worthwhile hiring a car for your holiday and getting to know the island on your own. There are a number of secluded coves to wile away the hours. Just in case your sense of adventure abandons you, here is a list of our favourite beaches: Playa de Aigües Blanques, Cala d’en Serra, Cala Comte, Cala Xuclar, Cala Saladeta, Cala Salada, Cala Tarida.






Photos Copyrights: Shutterstock, Ginger, Cas Costas, Giri Café, Sa Punta, Las Dos Lunas, Patchwork, Nobu, Amante, Aiyanna, Bambuddha, Finca Can Marti, Atzaró, Amante

Amsterdam Guide

Insider’s Guide

Amsterdam is like the woman that every man wants to have: unpretentious and beautiful. Dreamy bridges, quiet canals, splendid buildings, a thousand bikes, even more tulips. One district more picturesque than the next. Follow us into the metropole on the Amstel and get know them all.

The range of restaurants, boutiques and museums in Amsterdam is quite overwhelming, all the more astonishing when you consider that everything is within walking distance. There is hardly another city that is contained in such a small area and nevertheless remains so cosmopolitan – and exciting.


The 5-star hotel Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht ranks as one of the best hotels in the Netherlands. From here you can easily reach all important sights. If you like, you can borrow one of the visitor’s bikes and celebrate the Amsterdam lifestyle. Sir Adam stands alone as a colourful boutique hotel, kept in industrial-chic design. The contact point for music lovers. A music library entices you to brose the vintage vinyl. The in-house, highly popular highlight is The Butcher. A restaurant that elevates bon vivant to a heavenly standard with burgers and booze. The Maison Rika from the Swedish fashion designer Ulrika Lundgren is a small, classy hotel. „A home away from home“ is the motto and as such Maison Rika offers only two bedrooms. A bonus for followers of fashion: directly opposite Maison Rika there is a Rika boutique with rocking pieces from the classic label.


In former times sailors used to drink one too many here, now guests are greeted by a purring cat. The Louis Coffee-Bar is famous for its delicious sandwiches and local beers. The Restaurant 5&33 celebrates the art of eating as a social hobby with Sharing Plates, you order what makes you hungry and then share. The menu contains mostly Mediterranean delicacies with an Italian twist. Sitting cosily under the trees or inside in urban-kept style, in De Plantage you can eat all day. The breakfast menu concentrates on the basics, at lunchtime there are numerous variations of sandwiches, with appetising snacks in between and in the evening the dinner menu presents, for example, roast duck on piquillo risotto. Wining and dining in sophisticated style: Morgan & Mees is considered Amsterdam‘s new Hot Spot and wins you over with a straightforward menu and simple dishes. If eating can be considered a sin, walk this way: to the Mr Porter Steakhouse from the Entourage Group. It offers only the best cuts and the best quality of meat, a highly popular choice is Chateaubriand with Fois Gras. Bonus: The dishes can be relished with a view over the rooves of Amsterdam.


If you cannot find it in Amsterdam, then it does not exist. The shops are centred at the Dreieck-Damm, Muntplein and Leidseplein. The Haarlemmerstraat and the Negen Straatjes, a collection of nine small lanes and streets with lots of great shops between Raadhuisstraat and Leidsestraat, are also ideal for strolling and shopping. Anouk Beerents is the specialist for antique mirrors from the 18th and 19th century. She has over 300 pieces in her workshop. You have to arrange an appointment if you want to visit, but the service is well worth it.

The Amsterdam fashion brand Laundry Industry has its own store with modern, ready-to-wear collections for men and women – and every now and then bold accessories.

The fashion in the I Love Vintage boutique is less modern, but no less interesting. You can find your favourite pieces from the past few decades at affordable prices. Puccini Bomboni, where chocoholics dreams come true. The owner’s principle: every bite of chocolate should be a blissful experience. Van Stapele Koekmakerij Cookie-Shop also creates little treats for the palate. Nibble at the cookies to the sound of piano playing.


Do not miss: a canal cruise to explore Amsterdam from the water ( and visit one of the flower markets. Or venture a trip to the magnificent Keukenhof with its 800 types of tulip ( If Keukenhof is too far away for you, you can visit the Vondelpark in the middle of Amsterdam, an equally idyllic spot of land made famous by the Dutch dramatist Joost van den Vondel.


The Van Gogh Museum at Museumplein hosts the largest collection of Vincent Van Gogh’s works. The Rijksmuseum, which houses important paintings from the golden era in the Netherlands, is also on the Museumplein and is well worth a visit. Also worthwhile: a trip to the Rembrandthuis, which displays etchings from the artist and a reconstruction of his former household furnishings.


Imagine Film Festival, 12. – 22.4.17,

King’s day, nationaler Feiertag, 27.4.17,

Open-air theatre @ Vondelpark, 5.5. – 11.9.17,

Open garden day, 16. – 18.6.17,

LoveLand Festival @ Sloterpark, 12.8.17,