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Located at the Museumplein are three major museums – the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, and Stedelijk Museum – and the concert hall Concertgebouw.
Can you imagine this area was originally a wax candle factory and marshy meadows? In 1883 this was the location of the International Colonial and Export Exhibition.
The construction of the square started following the completion of the Rijksmuseum in 1885. The street plan was based on the design of Pierre Cuypers, also the museum’s celebrated architect.
In 1999 The Museumplein was reconstructed after a design by the Swedish/Danish landscape architect Sven-Ingvar Andersson. It now includes underground parking spaces and an underground supermarket.
In the winter, the pond is transformed into an amazing ice skating rink with an energy-efficient 'Icefloo' ice floor, which uses approximately 25% less energy than standard rinks.
It is the ideal place to enjoy some typical Dutch wintertime fun. Head along for a spot of skating or simply to watch the action and take in the great atmosphere. Located next to the rink is a charming wooden chalet offering a range of delicious Dutch and international dishes.