The original Paintings Salon has been restored to its former glory during the restyling of Paardenburg and has been reinstated as the restaurant's authentic dining room with an opulent, warm, and classic design. Many of the original details have been retained, such as the pillars with beautiful woodcarvings and ornaments. But it is the old, hand-painted, original paintings that are the pièce de résistance of the room.
The paintings were produced between 1885 and 1890 by a young painter named Johan Coenraad Braakensiek, who painted these works to pay the bill he had racked up at Paardenburg. What is unique about these paintings is that they each represent local places and situations within the broader theme of ‘outdoor life’.
1: Paardenrennen (horse racing). The first painting is also the exception to the theme. This painting was the first work produced for the dining room, where the subject relates to the name of the restaurant. The painting has not been inspired by the artist's own observations but is based on the painting The 1821 Derby at Epsom by Théodore Géricault. The painting is the first piece hanging next to the entrance of the Paintings Salon.
2: Troika. On the other side of the entrance hangs a winter scene with a sleigh and horses standing on the ice covering the Amstel river. This is a typical, beautiful Dutch winter scenery with people ice skating.
3: Koek-en-Zopie (biscuits and booze). This painting also shows the frozen Amstel river with the traditional Koek-en-Zopie (literally biscuits and booze), the food and drinks sold on the ice during ice-skating season. This is also a familiar Dutch winter scene with people ice skating and a lady who slipped and fell on the ice in the foreground.
4: Ornamenten (ornaments). To the left and right of the windows overlooking the historic backyard hang two identical paintings of a terracotta vase with flowers on a pedestal decorated with griffins and painted in pastel shades.
5: Vondelpark (Vondelpark park). This is a representation of Amsterdam, in which the painter apparently wanted to illustrate the connection between the Buurt Over Ouderkerk district and Amsterdam. Here we see a winter scene in the famous Vondelpark public park in Amsterdam, again featuring ice-skating couples and children.
6: Slijterij ‘de Ster’ (‘de Ster’ off-licence). This is an illustration of Amsterdam in the midst of celebrations, showing a long line of men and women with their arms around each other's shoulders. From one of the streets comes a band parade accompanied by two men on horseback. Their clothing shows that they are from the civic guard.
7: Roeiwedstrijd (rowing contest). This painting depicts a rowing contest, which was a common occurrence during this time. Between 1870 and 1890, rowing contests were organized that started at Paardenburg and which ended in Amsterdam. One of the rowers depicted on the painting is a Prince of Orange, Prince Henry. He was the brother of King William III of the Netherlands and an experienced rower.
8: Kruiwagenrace (wheelbarrow race). The last painting shows a local folk festival, most likely Hartjesdag (day of hearts). The festival found its origins in the Middle Ages and eventually developed into a type of cross-dressing carnival during which people would eat roasted game on the streets. One of Braakensiek's most famous later paintings is also about Hartjesdag and hangs in the Amsterdam Museum.
Paardenburg is a perfect location for your dream wedding: located on the Amstel river, easily accessible via the A2 and A9 motorways, and with plenty of parking spaces. We offer great facilities, but the true gem is our location itself, which is incredibly versatile.
This important day is about you and your guests. Our wedding planner is at your disposal from the quotation process up to and including your wedding day. Together you will create the perfect programme, right down to the finest details.
Make an unforgettable entrance in a vintage car over the garden path or arrive with a salon boat over the Amstel river. Hold the ceremony in our opulent Paintings Salon, bring out a toast to love, dine in our beautiful back garden, and celebrate in the Garden Lounge. Paardenburg has everything you need for your special day.
Our Garden Lounge is located behind Paardenburg. This is a lovely room with its own entrance, bar, kitchen, and bathroom facilities. The room has a beautiful, high ridge and festive lighting. It is also equipped with all the essential audiovisual equipment needed for background music, speeches, live music, or a rocking wedding reception. The room has a capacity of up to 250 people and can be made smaller to create the perfect cosy atmosphere for smaller groups.
Adjacent to the Garden Lounge is the enchanting courtyard with historic centuries-old trees and clinker bricks, beautiful hedges, and a fantastic round outdoor bar. A large section of the courtyard is covered with a cosy Bedouin tent that is suitable for many different types of events. This garden is the perfect, private location for your ceremony or dinner.
For smaller groups or those parts of a wedding that consist of a smaller group, Paardenburg has beautiful, comfortable Lounges situated above the restaurant. Our Lounges are the perfect location for a dinner or reception.
A beautiful location on the Amstel river
Paardenburg was built in 1702 on the bank of the Amstel river, making it the perfect place to go for a beautiful cruise along swaying reeds, old farms, country houses, and windmills.
The Paardenburg kitchen
At Paardenburg, we serve high-quality classic French cuisine. Our menu includes lunch, dinner, bites to eat, and late-night snacks. We are happy to give you a quote based on your wishes and budget.