World Trade Center
The World Trade Center (WTC) in Amsterdam is a compact “world city” with international businesses, residential housing, art exhibits and shops. The office complex offers a wide range of business services, including use as a conference center. For residents from around the world and visitors alike, the delights of the World Trade Center are cultural and gastronomical. Those looking for something to do outside of the city center on a rainy afternoon should head here to shop, look at art and enjoy a meal.
Located in the Zuidas business district, less than 10 minutes’ by public transport from central Amsterdam, the World Trade Center is one of the largest of its kind in the world. The complex consists of nine towers and two large halls with shops and services. With 27 levels, the H tower is the highest building.
During Amsterdam’s Golden Age in the 16th and 17th centuries the economy boomed, and ever since the city has welcomed international traders. The Dutch capital is still seen as an attractive place to establish a global business and the WTC leases office space to hundreds of internationally-oriented companies.
Admire the spacious atrium where cultural events are held and then head inside the buildings to browse through the shops. Splurge on watches, pearls and diamonds in one of the jewelry stores or get a new hair style at the hairdressers. Afterwards, enjoy lunch in one of the cafés or restaurants on ground level.
The Amsterdam Fund for the Arts promotes up-and-coming artists with exhibits in the WTC. See one of the rotating exhibits by contemporary artists from across the globe in the H tower.
Zuidplein, a courtyard with trees and garden beds, connects the WTC with the public transport hub. It is a 10-minute train journey from Central Station to Station Zuid. The WTC is also just a short train ride or drive from the well-connected Schiphol airport. Because it caters to traveling businesspeople, the complex is surrounded by quality hotels and fully-equipped apartments. There is no admission fee, but you may have to pay for concerts or special exhibits.