Scheepvaarthuis, Amsterdam

4.8
The Shipping House (Dutch: Scheepvaarthuis) is a building on the western tip of the Waalseiland near Amsterdam harbour that is one of the top 100 Dutch heritage sites and generally regarded as the first true example of the Amsterdam School, a style characterised by "expressive dynamism, lavish ornamentation and colourful embellishments". It is situated on the Prins Hendrikkade and was erected on the spot where Cornelis Houtman's first trip to the East Indies had begun in 1595. The first part was built 1913 - 1916 (during World War I); the second part was built 1926 -1928. Originally, it was the headquarters of six leading Amsterdam shipping companies: the Netherlands Steamship Company (SMN), the Royal Packet Navigation Company (KPM), the Java-China-Japan Line (JCJL) and the Royal Dutch Steamboat Company (KNSM) with subsidiary New Rhine Navigation Company (NRM) and acquired in 1912 Royal West India Mail Service (KWIM).
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  • This hotel is ENORMOUS & absolutely beautiful. The details in this hotel are truly endless and the staff here are just so pleasant to have. We were able to rent bikes from the concierge. My only...  more »
  • Literally, the Shipping House, is now a super hotel though the receptions staff are happy to allow you to wander through the reception area with its stunning stairs and windowed ceiling. Hint: take...  more »
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  • Perfect!
  • A good place to hide from the rain, this is a decent maritime museum. Not the best, but enjoyable. In particular seeing the monarchs craft (in its own building out back) and playing with the houseboat (figuring out a furniture layout that is livable without capsize is really a challenge) were both highlights.

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