The first activity to bear in mind, of course, is a tour of the stadium itself – after all, it will be right on your doorstep. These tours can be booked online or at the stadium itself, and they are truly fascinating, both for football fans and non football fans alike.
It is also worth noting that the stadium complex is also home to the largest cinema in the Netherlands – a truly atmospheric place to catch one of the latest releases. Once you have done these activities, it’s time to explore the Arena Stadium neighbourhood of Amsterdam even further.
Stroll through the Amsterdamse Poort area just half a mile away from the stadium, or branch out further to the Amstelpark (a 5 minute drive or 45 minute walk away) and the Museum Vrolik (about 25 minutes’ walk from the stadium). The Museum Vrolik is a unique medical museum which is home to several fascinating human anatomical specimens. It was created in the 19th century by a pair of anatomy professors.
All of these destinations and more can be reached by metro. The closest metro station to the stadium is theBijlmer-ArenA station. From here, you can get trains and connections to anywhere in Amsterdam.
And when it comes to eating and drinking, you have so many options: try some famous Dutch beer in a bar or opt for a traditional cheese and mustard sandwich and strong Amsterdam coffee.
Amsterdam Arena is also situated in a great area, where there are plenty of other sights to see and attractions to visit – as well as a whole host of great restaurants and places to go out for a drink.
Plenty of hotels or hostels that give you old Amsterdam style charm and hospitality are also easy to find. Several of them are located within easy walking distance.
When staying for a football weekend with a friends or a larger group, you can also opt to stay in a short term Amsterdam apartment or aparthotel.