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Home of diarist Anne Frank | Amsterdam canal ring | Van Gogh Museum |
Culture, canals and coffee shops, Amsterdam is not only Europe’s capital of fun, but is a great place to unwind and take things easy. Tolerant, welcoming and a lot of fun, Amsterdam is a city that likes to take things at a leisurely pace during the day but gets into party mode at night. So, whether you’re looking to recharge those batteries or wear them down a little more, you’ll find Amsterdam has options for both. And what a setting! Beating Venice in the canal stakes, cities really don’t get much more picturesque than this. The old town and the centre, which is where you’ll want to base yourself, is a delight of arched bridges, 17th century narrow gabled houses, houseboats decked with flowers and canal-side cafes and eateries.
Packed with museums and galleries, Amsterdam is a jewel in Europe’s cultural crown. The Rijksmuseum is one of the best art galleries in the world, including paintings from the Dutch Golden Age and art lovers will also enjoy the Van Gogh Museum. Visit Anne Frank’s House to see where the famous diarist and her family hid from the Nazis during the Second World War.
This month sees the beginning of a momentous exhibition at the Hermitage Amsterdam, the stately outpost of the St Petersburg art trove. Romanovs & Revolution commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution with an exquisite collection of objects belonging to Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra. (www.hermitage.nl)
Goodbye, Norma Jean. '90 Years Miss Monroe,' the blockbuster exhibition of Marilyn Monroe's clothes and other personal effects, is soon to leave the medieval Nieuwe Kerk for pastures new. With audio commentary by famous Dutch folk from the worlds of media and fashion, it's a fascinating look back on the short life of an enduring icon. denieuwekerk.nl.
Perfect for sheltering from the rain while indulging in a spot of retail therapy, the Magna Plaza shopping centre across the road from the Royal Palace on Dam Square is something of an architectural marvel, having been designed as a lavish post office by Cornelis Hendrik Peters at the close of the 19th century. (www.magnaplaza.nl).
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