Amsterdam may not be on a par with Paris or Milan when it comes to shopping, but dig deep and you will find around 30 flower, food and flea markets to trawl through each week. Here are some of the best Amsterdam markets.
Quite apart from owning the largest collection of Vincent van Gogh’s artwork in the world, Amsterdam now has a new attraction – a stunning display of his work at the exhibition Van Gogh the Ultimate Collection, at the Beurs van Berlage.
Amsterdam is positively awash with Christmas magic and bonhomie in 2014, with festive fun kicking off in late November. Here are ten great reasons to visit Amsterdam for the holidays.
As one of the most famous museums in the world, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is best known for its fine collection of Old Master Dutch paintings, with great works by Frans Hals, Steen and Vermeer as well as Rembrandt. But now the museum has added another string to its bow; here’s what’s new from the Rijksmuseum.
Amsterdam’s Jewish Quarter is east of the old city in the Plantage. Before WWII, this was a bustling area crammed with businesses and shops with Waterlooplein market at its heart. World War II saw Amsterdam’s Jewish community decimated but today the sights of Jewish Amsterdam can be seen in the Jewish Cultural Quarter as well as in the world-renowned Anne Frank Huis on Prinsengracht.
Amsterdam is renowned for its energetic nightlife, encompassing clubs, classical and rock music, ballet, opera and modern dance; while venues and bars may come in and out of fashion, Boom Chicago has managed to outlast them all.
Amsterdam has now firmly adopted the Halloween tradition and celebrates the ghoulish occasion in some louche style with a festival that lasts for not one but four days of gory, bloodstained fun. Amsterdam Halloween Festival 2014 runs between October 29 and November 1.
Somewhat slow to catch on to the vogue for Christmas markets across Europe, Amsterdam is now making amends for its tardiness. Amsterdam Christmas markets now pop up all over the city during the festive season.
Despite its reputation as a tolerant, open-minded city where dope smoking is tolerated and prostitution is legal, Amsterdam is in fact a very child-friendly city. Here are just a few of the museums for children in Amsterdam.