During your visit to Hotel Arena there are countless things to do in the area. Amsterdam East, one of the nicest neighborhoods to stay, is known for its green surroundings, the 19th-century buildings and the large number of cultural activities. In order not to miss a sight, we set up a list with the best sights in Amsterdam East for you.


This is the city park where you come to relax, exercise and meet. In the twelve-hectare park you will find various monuments, large lawns, a music dome and a duck feeding place. Every year various events take place in the Oosterpark, such as the Keti Koti Festival, Amsterdam Roots Festival and Tropisch Oost.

Artis Zoo

Artis is the oldest zoo of the Netherlands, in the heart of Amsterdam. In the characteristic zoo you will discover all kinds of animal species in the different worlds. In Micropia you discover the small organisms, on the Savannah you spot animals such as giraffes, zebras and springboks, in the Monkey House you walk among monkeys and other tropical animal species and in the Butterfly Pavilion you are surrounded by hundreds of butterflies.


Just like Hotel Arena, the Tropenmuseum is located on the Oosterpark. The Tropenmuseum is part of the KIT (Royal Tropical Institute), the institute that helps governments and private companies to create sustainable societies. The Tropenmuseum is a museum about societies, where permanent exhibitions and regularly changing exhibitions reveal human themes such as mourning, celebrating, decorating, praying and fighting. In the museum you can see traditional and modern art objects, sound clips and video’s of living traditions and the history of cultures.

Hortus Botanicus

The Hortus Botanicus is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world and is a museum with a living collection. The greenhouses contain more than 6,000 tropical and native plants and trees. In the botanical garden you will find several ponds, a herb garden with medicinal plants, a greenhouse and various buildings that are protected as national monuments.


In the past, the neighborhood market on the Dappermarkt took place from Tuesday to Saturday, on Monday there were market people who could not get a stand on the other days due to their low number. The Monday market has since developed into a full-fledged market day. Partly due to the wide range of products on offer, the Dappermarkt has developed from a neighborhood market to a world market that is certainly worth a visit!