Amstelveen is a municipality in the province of North Holland, the Netherlands with 90,830 inhabitants (2021). It is a suburban part of the Amsterdam metropolitan region. The area of the city is 44.08 km², including a water area of 2.30 km². The soil consists of low moorland and sea clay. The municipality of Amstelveen consists of the historic villages of Bovenkerk and Nes aan de Amstel. In addition to Amstelveen’s Stadshart, the following neighborhoods have recently been built: Westwijk, Bankras-Kostverloren, Groenelaan, Waardhuizen, Middenhoven, Randwijk, Elsrijk and Keizer Karelpark. The name Amstelveen comes from the Amstel, a local river.
For a long time, Amstelveen was a village of peat-cutters and farmers, with a couple of randomly placed taverns for thirsty travellers. Then, in the 20th century Nieuwer-Amstel (as Amstelveen was called until 1964) underwent a massive transformation. The creation of Schiphol airport and the arrival of new companies in and around Amstelveen brought about a new era for the village. It turned Amstelveen into the modern city it is today.
Amstelveen has 164 catering establishments, mainly restaurants (58 in total) and snack bars/ fast food restaurants (53 in total) The catering industry is mainly concentrated in the Stadshart, the Oude Dorp and along the Amstel. Amstelveen is conveniently located between Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam and the flower auction. As a result, many (inter)national companies have established themselves in Amstelveen. Many of the companies established in Amstelveen are part of international networks. The good accessibility and excellent connections with Amsterdam, with other business locations and international destinations make Amstelveen an attractive place to live but also to work.
In addition to the performing arts, there are various institutions active in culture, such as the Library Amstelland, Museum JAN, the Cobra Museum, Cultuurcentrum Griffioen and Platform C. Platform C is a merger of the former art lending institution, the people’s university and the music and dance school. These cultural institutions in Amstelveen are frequently visited. There are many works of art throughout Amstelveen. It is worth visiting them while cycling or walking. They are both classic and modern, large and small, they can be found everywhere.
Visual arts, music and theatre in Amstelveen
Amstelveen offers art and culture for everyone. The greenest municipality of the Randstad has a unique collection of visual art in public places. With various venues, open-air theatres and festivals, Amstelveen is a leader in the performing arts.
With the Cobra Museum and JAN Museum, Amstelveen houses two leading museums of modern art. Enjoy contemporary art and culture in Amstelveen peacefully.
A unique collection of art from the Netherlands, including the largest collection of artworks by members of the Cobra movement.
The Cobra Museum in Amstelveen displays works of art by members of the Cobra movement. With artists such as Karel Appel, Constant and Corneille, the Cobra movement is known for its colorful and imaginative style, in which the painters often applied experimental techniques and materials.
Enjoy the permanent collection or discover Dutch and foreign artists and art styles during the many temporary exhibitions.
Walk or bike along the history of Amstelveen and discover hidden gems and striking stories. Routes have been created throughout the city to help you discover the history of Amstelveen. Each route has its own theme: from the city’s origins as a centuries-old farming village to the Second World War. Amstelveen has 38 national monuments and more than 100 municipal monuments. Cycle or walk one of the various routes to discover Amstelveen’s cultural heritage.