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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.
Like your meals on wheels? The Rollende Keukens event between 12-16 May sees food trucks from all corners of Europe descending on Amsterdam's Westerpark for a five-day culinary blowout. From gourmet popcorn to Italian piadinas, all tastes are catered for and there's no entry charge.
This month represents your last chance to visit "On the Verge of Insanity", the wildly popular exhibition that reevaluates the relationship between Van Gogh's astonishingly innovative output and his deteriorating state of mind. Until 25 September, www.vangoghmuseum.nl
The stately Vondelpark may get all the rapturous praise, but the post-industrial Westerpark is the Amsterdam green scene's cool kid. This month, two upstart culture festivals are making waves here: the NEU NOW festival for emerging artists (14-18 September) and the excellent Unseen Photo Fair (23-25 September) which sees established snappers championing work by their protégés. www.neunow.eu; www.unseenamsterdam.com
The Teylers Museum in nearby Haarlem is testament to the astonishing legacy of an inquisitive mind. Everything from ammonite fossils to Roman coins are lovingly displayed here thanks to Pieter Teylers, who bequeathed his fortune for the advancement of religion, art and science. www.teylersmuseum.nl
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