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Olympic Stadium (Olympische Stadion)

 
There are many cities around the world that have been honoured with holding the Olympic Games, and Amsterdam is up there as one of them. Though the Summer Olympics took place in Amsterdam way back in 1928, the Olympic Stadium (or Olympisch Stadion as it is called in Dutch) is still in use and open to the public as a major tourist attraction.
 
Though its original construction was completed before its grand opening in 1928, the Olympic Stadium has undergone several extensions and reconstructions over the years, which has increased its capacity from 31,600 up to an impressive 64,000. Over the years the stadium has been used as a football stadium by Amsterdam’s very own home team AFC Ajax, but this was until Ajax moved to Amsterdam Arena as soon as its construction was completed. In 1987, the Olympic Stadium came under threat of demolition but was luckily saved when it was listed as a national monument. Thanks to this, the Olympic Stadium exists today and is home to the Olympic Experience Amsterdam, a sports museum.
 
As a stadium of monumental status, the Olympic Stadium pulls in visitors from all over the world as well as those living in the Netherlands. At present the stadium offers a variety of sporting and cultural events next to the museum. There are also current plans to host the 2016 European Athletics Championships at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam, so watch this space! When the stadium is not hosting sporting or cultural events, it is also used and the starting and finish point of the Amsterdam Marathon held every year in October.
 
The Stadium itself is located in the south of Amsterdam known as Amsterdam Zuid. The area surrounding the stadium is known as Stadionbuurt (Stadium Neighbourhood) and is positioned south of the Overtoom and the nearby Vondelpark, while bearing west of the RAI. Though the neighbourhood lies ever so slightly outside of the city centre, it is still popular with Amsterdammers.
 
Besides visiting the Olympic Stadium, there are plenty of reasons to come to this neck of the woods. Just down the road from the stadium is Olympiaplein (Olympic Square) that was actually built at the same time as the stadium. This is a nice place to take a break during your visit to the area. There are also numerous restaurants and cafes in the neighbourhood that will allow you to take a load off during your trip, to relax and enjoy truly being in one of Amsterdam’s neighbourhoods. Though the area is a little outside of the city centre, you will be surprised at the number of people and tourists that actually frequent the area.
 
If you are visiting Amsterdam and don’t mind staying a little south of the city centre, then you might like to check here for the extensive list of hotels and apartments in the Stadionbuurt to find something perfect for you. Getting around Amsterdam is very easy, and within minutes, trams, trains and Metro (subway) lines will transport you into the midst of tourist heaven. Besides your regular buses and trams, the Stadionbuurt is also accessible by train from station Amsterdam Zuid.


 

 

 

 

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