With the warm and inviting ambiance of this traditional brown café, The Flying Dutchman is the place in the historical heart of Amsterdam where everyone feels at home.
The conviviality – or gezelligheid as the Dutch like to say – of traditional brown cafes are playing an important role within the Amsterdam culture. These places are pre-eminently the places where known and unknown guests come together for over centuries. This also counts for The Flying Dutchman. Enjoy the casual atmosphere of the classic interior or take a seat on the cosy terrace in the beautiful inner garden of hotel Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam.
Let our bartenders, who are always in for a laugh and a good talk, surprise you with a refreshing glass of local beer or discover our extensive collection of whiskeys. Try a delicious Amsterdam snack while enjoying an after work drink or watch your favourite sports match. Let The Flying Dutchman be your favourite café in the heart of Amsterdam!
THE STORY OF THE FLYING DUTCHMAN
The story about the fictive ghost ship
The Flying Dutchman is located in Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam, a five star luxury hotel that breaths and tells the history of Amsterdam. Including the story about the Flying Dutchman. The fictive ghost ship tells the story about a ship that would never make it to a port, doomed to sail the ocean forever. Captain Willem van der Decken lived in Terneuzen and was known as a brave man. Around the year 1676, his ship disappeared during one of his voyages. En route to the Indies, a fierce storm occurred near the Cape of Good Hope. Instead of waiting out the storm, the captain proceeded with his journey, against the wishes of the crew and the weather gods. Since then, he is doomed to sail the seas for eternity. And to this day, the story of the ship ‘that flies over the waves’ is told by sailors all over the world.