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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.
If you notice that street fashions get a little 'punchier' around the third week of October, that's probably because the world's club kids have descended for the annual Amsterdam Dance Event. Whether you're into anthemic floor fillers or nerdy listening parties and lectures, there's something here to get pretty much anyone's pulse racing. (www.amsterdam-dance-event.nl)
Jordan Wolfson, the current enfant terrible of the American art scene, kicks off a two-part solo show at the Stedelijk Museum with a giant animatronic puppet, designed (metaphorically speaking) to strip back the glossy veneer of the American dream and expose the darker side lurking beneath. Couldn't he just have held an election? www.stedelijk.nl
Everything is illuminated during the annual Amsterdam Light Festival. Head to the neighbouring Weesperbuurt and Plantage neighbourhoods in the east of town to admire the electrifying artworks that line this year's Illuminade walking tour. amsterdamlightfestival.nl
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