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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)
The latest solo show at Amsterdam's world-class contemporary art museum, the Stedelijk, is an unabashed celebration of one of the city's best loved shutterbugs. Ed van der Elsken, who died in 1990, was an early practitioner of photographic modes we take for granted these days, including street photography. What's more, he observed Amsterdam through some of its most tumultuous transformations. Unmissable. www.stedelijk.nl/en
In brand recognition terms, it may play second fiddle to a certain green-canned beer, but the Bols family of spirits plays a truly extraordinary role in the history of Amsterdam - and booze. Visitors to the newly-upgraded House of Bols experience just off Museum square can learn how the Bols family invented the cocktail (and, effectively, branding) before rustling one up for themselves. Proost! www.bols.com/experience
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