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Where to stay near Amsterdam RAI - World Trade Center

Amsterdam Exhibition and Convention Center, or RAI for short, is a complex of conference and exhibition. It is located in the district of Zuidas, in the south of the city, an area of Amsterdam that is little known to those outside the business community. However, this district has a number of places of interest to travelers, including some great parks, markets, and excellent options for eating out and having a drink.

Sights nearby

Although Zuidas lacks typical landmarks and attractions of interest to tourists, it nonetheless has some great parks and, in the Albert Cuyp Market, what is possibly the best and the busiest street market in the whole of the Netherlands. A further advantage to staying in this part of southern Amsterdam is that it enjoys first-rate transport connections.


Just 20 minutes from the RAI on foot, Amstelpark masterfully combines nature, art, and leisure. Its exhibits include: a labyrinth, a glass house, exhibitions of art and sculpture, a petting zoo, restaurants, and bars. There’s even a train which runs through the different areas of the park. The park has both native and non-native flowers, plants, shrubs, and trees. It’s a great spot to chill out and observe Amsterdammers at play: you might even catch sight of one of the weddings that frequently take place here. Look out for the charming Japanese garden.


Without a doubt one of Amsterdam’s finest parks, Beatrixpark was created over from 1936 to 1938. It was designed by leading Dutch landscaper Jakoba (Ko) Mulder. It sits just to the rear of the RAI congress center. Quieter, cleaner, and with fewer visitors than other parks in Amsterdam, Beatrixpark is an ideal picnic spot.

Albert Cuyp Markt

Alleged to be the Netherlands’ biggest and busiest street market, Albert Cuyp Markt is located about a 20-minute tram journey from the RAI, in the heart of the working class district of De Pijp. Open Monday to Saturday, the market has over 300 stalls where you can find everything from shoes and clothes to antiques, luggage, and all manner of fresh produce. Prices are among the lowest in the city and it’s a good place to sample typical Dutch snacks such as raw herring or freshly made stroopwafels (syrup waffles). This lively zone of the city is full of ethnic shops, cafés, restaurants, and cozy bars. At Christmas time, Albert Cuyp Markt puts on a special winter edition.

Eating and drinking and shopping nearby

The range of dining options in Zuidas goes from sandwich bars and fast food joints to sit-down restaurants offering haute cuisine. The majority of bars and restaurants are located in the streets around Zuidplein and Mahlerplein, although you can also find interesting eateries off the beaten track. But there are also special, out-of-the-way places in Zuidas. Why not visit Restaurant As in the Beatrix Park or the urban beach at Strand Zuid near the RAI? Waterside restaurant Het Bosch on Nieuwe Meer is a unique hideaway in a beautiful location. The Zuidas district contains excellent accommodation options, including the Crowne Plaza Hotel, the Qbic Hotel and the impressively futuristic CitizenM Hotel.

Public transport

The train station Amsterdam RAI, a stone’s throw from the exhibition and convention center, can be easily accessed from anywhere in the Netherlands. Numerous trams and buses operate routes between the RAI (Europaplein stop), Amsterdam city center, and Amsterdam Central Station. The train journey from Schiphol International Airport to Amsterdam Zuid Station takes just six minutes. From there, it’s a short taxi ride or trip by public transport to the RAI.

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