Combine a Little Pleasure with Business in Beautiful Amsterdam
Combining business with a little relaxation in Amsterdam is the ideal way to stay on top of your game.
All Work and No Play:
Copious research data shows that all work and no play makes Jack highly stressed, reduces productivity levels, and can ultimately lead to deteriorating health. Whether we work in retail, on the factory floor, or jetting around Europe visiting clients, one thing we all need is a little down-time, a little relaxation between those all important meetings.
On your next visit to Amsterdam, don’t spend those dead hours in your hotel room going through the next meeting’s itinerary for the hundredth time. Don’t sit in the airport departure lounge drinking coffee and studying the latest market figures. Amsterdam is chock full of things to see and do to make the most of a few hours respite from a hectic business schedule. Here are a few ideas to get your mind off work, and allow your body to recharge the batteries.
Walk off the Tension:
What better way to loosen up those tight muscles than a stroll on a pleasant sunny afternoon. With its picturesque brick buildings, cycle ways, quaint bridges, and of course the canals, Amsterdam has it all. Choose your time, do your own thing, enjoy a coffee at one of the myriad terrace cafes. If you want to take in as many of the sights as possible, there are organised walking tours which do just that.
A Little Music Therapy:
If you are a jazz or classical music buff and visiting Amsterdam midweek, this could be right up your street. The Bimhuis music centre situated on the IJ waterfront holds concerts every Wednesday lunchtime. If you have an overnight stopover, every month they hold a free ‘Monday Match,’ an impromptu mix of music and dancing held during the evening.
Enjoy a Little Retail Therapy:
Do you like to take a couple of mementos of your visit home for your partner or the kids? Do something a little different. Avoid the big commercialised retail area of Kalverstraat, and instead join the locals on De Negen Straatjes (The Nine Streets). It is an area full of independent shops selling local goods which range from bespoke dress-wear to cosmetics, china goods and handmade gifts.
A Little Water Therapy:
There is nothing like the soothing sound of water lapping against the side of your canal boat. Whether you visit Amsterdam monthly or bi-annually, a couple of hours spent cruising the canals between business meetings is a great way to break up a heavy schedule, and provide yourself some quality ‘you’ time.
For the harassed business man or woman, Amsterdam is brimming with activities which can be enjoyed in a couple of free hours. Leave the stress behind and get out in the fresh air. Even though time is short, you can enjoy the architecture, museums, botanical gardens, music concerts and so much more.
The Hostel Annemarie specialises in short term accommodation for business travellers and tourists. Situated in the centre of Amsterdam, with its friendly staff; affordable, clean, and comfortable rooms, it is the ideal base from which to enjoy the beauty of Amsterdam.
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