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Tip for the weekend: relax in the hammam in the Bijlmerbajes Amsterdam

12 September 2017

15 cells converted into hamman in the bijlmerbajes amsterdam

OH YES, one of the finest rituals abroad I’ve missed for years in Amsterdam is finally here: a hamman! When we travel, we love to discover new cultures and their traditions and of course to test those massages, health rituals and other traditions. A day to the hammam is one of the nicest ways to completely relax. In the Arab culture a hammam is the place to be for cleansing of the body and mind and is therefore often visited. So it’s actually weird that there are so few hammams in our country. Until today, because we can now go to the hammam in the Bijlmerbajes Amsterdam.

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About 15 cells have been converted into steam- and sauna cabins and scrub- and silent places. Behind the heavy prison doors, you can relax completely, by steaming, sweating, scrubbing and mediating. Very special are the inscriptions of prisoners that still can be read on the walls.

refugees are the experts at the hammam in the bijlmerbajes

The hammam treatments are given by real experts: refugees from the nearby AZC. One of these refugees is Yaser Qasar, a third generation hammam holder from Aleppo. He provides the XL treatment: a full body scrub with a full body massage. You can also get a hammam treatment in a traditional Syrian way, a full body scrub with a short oil massage. Hmm, so good!

Note: on Friday the hammam is open for women, on Saturday for men and on Sunday you can relax in the Sauna with your lover.

hammam in the Bijlmerbajes Amsterdam

Date: On Friday, Saturday and Sunday until October 31 (hopefully longer)
Times: 12 PM – 6 PM
Prices: A hammam teratment on traditional Syrian way costs € 27,50, a XL treatment costs € 45.
Location: Bijlmerbajes Amsterdam
More information and reservations: bijlmerhammam.nl

Amsterdam Bucketlist
Canal Cruise by day or in the evening
A bike tour through Amsterdam OR Rent a bike by yourself
The best view over Amsterdam from the A’DAM Lookout
Visit Artis Royal Zoo
Rijksmuseum with the Dutch masters
Van Gogh Museum, a staple in Amsterdam
Stedelijk Museum for modern art lovers
MOCO Museum for street art
Photography museum FOAM
Amsterdam Light Festival (during winter months)
Cruise like a local with your own boat (great with good weather!)
Discover the Instagrammable experience WONDR
Red Light District tour
Get out of town and into the Dutch country side of Giethoorn

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Our favourite hotels:
Generator Hostel: the best poshtel of the city located in a park.
The Student Hotel: budget proof in trendy East.
Het Volkshotel: affordable and with a cool rooftop bar.
CitizenM: all you need is that XL bed (location near Amstel is great).
Motel One: budget design hotel with locations at
Hotel V: with two locations and a great restaurant, in the city center and East.
Sir Adam: with the coolest view over Amsterdam.
Sweets: a unique stay in former bridge houses.
Park Plaza Vondelpark: located next to Vondelpark and beautifully renovated.
Hotel Dwars: small scale around the corner of the trendy Utrechtsestraat.
Pillows Anna van den Vondel: great hotel close to Vondelpark.
Hotel Mercier: new hotel in the cosy and historic Jordaan district.
INK Hotel: lifestyle hotel in the heart of the city.
The Hoxton: favourite lifestyle hotel right on the canals.
Morgan & Mees: boutique hotel in Amsterdam West.
Conscious Hotel Westerpark: in a beautiful building at the industrial Westergas area.
QO Amsterdam: eco design hotel with a great skybar.
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam: if you have something to celebrate this is the one.
Pulitzer Amsterdam: on the canals at the border of the Nine Streets and the Jordaan.
L’Europe: this hotel has the best spa with a view in Amsterdam.
Conservatorium Hotel: located in one of the most beautiful buildings in town.
W Amsterdam: with great restaurants and a rooftop bar with swimming pool.

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