Rembrandtplein square in Amsterdam

Amsterdaam Rembrandtplein Square during the day in summer

Rembrandtplein is one of the busiest squares in the city of Amsterdam. At least when it comes to nightlife and clubbing.

Short history of Rembrandtplein

In the Middle Ages the site held a gateway into the city. By the 17th century, it was known as The Butter Market because farmers would sell thair dairy and poultry products here. And an important institution of a weight house was established in the former gateway. Each autumn, the square hosted a fair with dance orchestras and circus tents.

In 1876 a statue of Rembrandt was moved to the centre of the square and it was renamed Rembrandtplein - Rembrandt Square.

During the 20th century Rembrandt square developed into a nightlife cantre with hotels, cafés and entertainment venues around it.

Rembrandtplein Attractions

  • A statue of Rembrandt van Rijn by sculptor Louis Royer. In the center of the square.
  • Pathé Tuschinski - a modern cinema housed in a historical building that has been a theatre since 1921.
  • The largest interactive video screen in Europe that dominates one side of the square and can be interacted with using bluetooth mobile phones.
  • Huis Willet-Holthuisena canal house recreated in the style of the golden age of Amsterdam.
  • The nightlife happening in the many clubs, cafés and bars but also outside on the square itself.

Rembrandtplein Hotels

Those looking for a place to stay in and around Rembrandtplein Amsterdam will find that there is a large selection of hotels and hostels to choose from. The budget Veteran hostel at Herengracht 561 may be a good choice for backbackers and students looking for a cheap place to stay near to the action, and it's not even too far from the museums, should you decide to leave the bars and clubs for long enough.

You can find accommodation in this area by searching the Booking reservation engine. They offer many options for all your needs.

Rembrandtplein Clubs

Many of the most popular Amsterdam clubs can be found in and around Rembrandtplein. The chic and classy Club Rain and Escape are great choices to dance the night away and show of your latest designer fashions. More casual clubbers might find Studio 80 and its dedicated genre music nights of interest, while the cheap and cheerful Club Smokey across the square plays the hits. Those looking for Amsterdam gay clubs will find the nearby Reguliersdwarsstraat the place to be, while Amstel on the other side of the square plays host to an ever diminishing number of gay clubs and cafés.

Rembrandtplein pubs

Rembrandtplein Amsterdam is obviously the place to be for clubbers, but those looking for a slightly more low key night on the town may find it an interesting place to visit too. As well as the clubs dotted throughout the area, a large number of cafés, bars and pubs line the square. Hip Hop fans almost certainly must visit De Duivel at Reguliersdwarsstraat 87, Amsterdam's most happening Hip Hop bar and venue where Dutch and international acts can be found, while fans of more traditional music and atmosphere might find the authentic Irish pub Mulligans at Amstel 100 of interest. Backpackers congregate at Coco's Outback, an Australian themed bar on the square that offers large beers and steaks to go with them, and the Xtracold Amsterdam Ice Bar at Amstel 194 is one of the city's more unique drinking establishments, where warm clothing is a must.

How to get to Rembrandtplein

Coming from Central Station, tram 9 will take you straight to Rembrandtplein, the stop has the same name and is normally announced before you arrive. If not, keep an eye out for the large Rembrandt statue and video screen.

From the west of the city, tram 14 passes through Rembrandtplein on its way east.

On foot from Dam Square follow Rokin south until you come to Muntplein with its characteristic tower and turn left down by the large Pathé Tuschinski cinema.

Rembrandtplein square in Amsterdam on the map