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Amsterdam Central Library Terrace


OBA Centrale is the Amsterdam Central Library at Oosterdok, not far from Central Station. The library is the 2nd largest in Europe and has a small panoramic viewing terrace at the café-restaurant on the 7th floor.

The outdoor terrace has a excellent views overlooking much of Amsterdam.

The café on Level 7 (formerly a La Place restaurant) serves a simple selection of drinks and light meals. If you just want to go up to visit the terrace you are free to do so.

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On the Jo Coenen Terrace (named after the building architect) you get a sweeping panorama southwards of the city. Particularly good views are available of the green NEMO Science Museum which looks like a ship's hull. Note, there is a large concrete canopy which does restrict views of the sky.

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If you are a fan of Italian food then the OBA library has a branch of Vapiano - a cheap pizza and pasta self-service restaurant - located on the ground floor of the building, access from a separate outside entrance.

Amsterdam Central Library Terrace Essential Info

Opening Times: Amsterdam Central Library is open daily 1000-2200.

Getting There: The OBA is 5-10 mins walk east of Amsterdam central station.

Our Panorama Rating:

4/5 rating

Amsterdam Central Library (Level 7), Oosterdokskade 143, Amsterdam

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