By the mid 17th century, Amsterdam was a victim of its own success; a hugely wealthy city that had grown rich on overseas trade; immigrants pored in from all over the Dutch empire and it became imperative to expand the city outwards to help halt disease and overcrowding. The making of Amsterdam’s Canal Ring shaped the city that we see today.
Following a two year major renovation and expansion, the Mauritshuis has re-opened its doors in The Hague. Home to one of the best collections of Dutch and Flemish paintings in the world, ‘the jewel box’ as it is often called, is living up to its nickname. The classical, old space is back with a modern flair, and one of the best things about it is that you don’t have to be a hardcore art enthusiast to appreciate it. Even casual visitors will find it easy to feel comfortable and enjoy.
Considering the exquisite elegance of the row houses along the banks, especially at sunset, there’s ample reason to disembark on Amsterdam Canals Cruise with Dinner Cooked On Board.
A four-month program of open-air festivities has kicked off once again in Amsterdam’s Vondelpark Open Air Theatre, with jam-packed schedule of comedy, children’s theater, dance, rock concerts and cabaret – and amazingly it’s all free.
For a city that is, well, flat, visitors have to actively seek out viewing points. But Amsterdam does have plenty of viewing points, if you know where to look. Here’s five of the best views in Amsterdam.
As one of the most important artists in Western culture, Rembrandt van Rijn is one of the few known by his first name alone. Much of his story was lived out in Amsterdam and he moved around the city as his fortunes ebbed and flowed; the fortunes of Rembrandt in Amsterdam were very mixed.
Amsterdam is not a huge city, and its central district, where most of the tourist areas lie, can be walked fairly easily. However, it is a city very diverse in mood and style, changing in feel from one street to another. Here’s a guide to understanding the ten districts of Amsterdam.
Amsterdam’s history is inextricably linked to the sea but for many years the city simply disregarded the dilapidated, deserted docklands north of the IJ. Nowadays all has changed and Amsterdam harbor is once more a place of great activity and innovation.