Our colleague Julia, often to be found at the reception desk to tell you all about Amsterdam, loves to reveal her secret Amsterdam-tip to you! What is it? Well... She always takes friends visiting her to the OBA for the best (free) view of Amsterdam.
OBA stands for Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam, and is the public library of Amsterdam. In this great modern building close to the central station you find lots of books, inspiration, and, when you go to the top floor you find a great terrace with a wide view over Amsterdam. You won't find a unicorn. But hey, not everything is possible.
In summer, the terrace is also outside. There is a little LaPlace restaurant where you can have a coffee or lunch while enjoying the view. But, Julia says: "you don't have to order drinks or food, the view is for free."
The architecture of this building is amazing. When you come in, you can look up all the way to many floors. On the ground floor, there is a piano, free for everyone to play on it. Nice music in the distance is the result, and a great atmosphere.
Julia: “the last time I went there, I showed the view to my father-in-law. We went to the one before highest floor, and sat on cosy chairs overlooking the whole city. It really is an unique view!”
Nice to know: this library won a prize for the most sustainable public building from Amsterdam. OBA scored very well regarding accessibility, waste, water and green and they have solar panels on the roof. Also good to know: there are several photography and art exhibitions from time to time. Check their website for more information. www.oba.nl/exposities
Where? Close to central station. Oosterdokskade 143.