Concert Venues, Amsterdam
Concierge.com's insider take:
The 1888, neoclassical Concertgebouw, on the southwest side of Museumplein, is one of Europe's legendary venues for classical music, famous for the near-perfect acoustics in the main auditorium. It hosts more than 800 classical concerts a year, many by the resident Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Dutch Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Mariss Jansons. On Wednesdays between September and June, the smaller auditorium hosts free concerts at 12:30 (2-6 Concertgebouwplein, Old South; 31-20-671-8345; www.concertgebouw.nl). The city's newest musical showcase for contemporary classical and chamber music, the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ (Music Building on the IJ) has heralded acoustics of its own. Rotating ensembles take the stage in the main auditorium, which is all untreated wood and stadium-style seating, while that black box protruding from the side is the Bimhuis, Amsterdam's most storied jazz and improvisation venue. Kids can enjoy themselves in the interactive Sound Playground, and the Star Ferry café affords harbor views through the building's glass facade (1 Piet Heinkade, Eastern Docklands; 31-20-788-2000; www.muziekgebouw.nl).