Category: Sightseeing

Family-friendly Aspects of Amsterdam’s Red Light District

February 13, 2014

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De Wallen or De Walletjes, that notorious warren of streets that forms Amsterdam’s world-known Red Light District, is currently undergoing something of a gentrification. That’s not to say that all the ladies of the night are set to disappear of that dope smoking is going to be completely outlawed, but slowly family-friendly aspects of Amsterdam’s Red Light District are beginning to appear.

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Romantic Amsterdam

January 20, 2014

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Stuck for something special to do on Valentine’s Day? Although Paris is always tagged as the city of lovers in Europe, you’ll still hit the jackpot by booking surprise tickets to romantic Amsterdam to treat your loved one to a weekend of pampering – it’s no longer the city of drunken stag parties and sshhh! It’s far better value than Paris!

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National Parks Around Amsterdam

October 24, 2013

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Fall is the perfect time of year to get out of the city and into the countryside as trees begin to change color but days are still clear and sunny. The flat countryside of northern Holland means that the national parks around Amsterdam are ideal for walking and cycling – De Hoge Veluwe even offers complimentary white bikes to visitors.

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Van Gogh at Work Exhibit at the Van Gogh Museum

September 26, 2013

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Located in Museumplein alongside the its heavyweight compatriots the Stedelijk and Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum re-opened its doors in May after a period of renovation. Houses in a building designed by Dutch De Stijl architect Gerrit Rietveld, the museum is also celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013 with an exhibition entitled ‘Van Gogh at Work’.

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Off-beat Museums in Amsterdam

September 19, 2013

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Amsterdam is a city blessed with some of the best museums in the world, including the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh, but here are some suggestions of off-beat museums in Amsterdam that will reward a visit.

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Secret Amsterdam – Ten Little-known Things to See in the City

August 29, 2013

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Amsterdam is full of world-beating museums, renowned concert halls, royal palaces, tree-lined canals and an international gastronomic restaurant scene. But peek behind the mainstream façade and you’ll find a world of alternative ideas and entertainment in secret Amsterdam – here are ten little-known things to see in the city.

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Henry Moore at the Rijksmuseum

June 30, 2013

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The lavishly redesigned Rijksmuseum reopened in Amsterdam in April 2013 to international acclaim. Now a new exhibition has opened to coincide with the official opening of the museum’s new outdoor gallery. It was unveiled on the first-ever Museumplein Weekend, which was celebrated June 21 through 23. Henry Moore has come to Amsterdam.

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Amsterdam in Spring

April 25, 2013

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Amsterdam in spring means flowers; Keukenhof Gardens near Lisse only open for a couple of months a year – in 2013 from March 21 to May 20. Every year seven million bulbs are planted here, forming a psychedelic carpet of flowers, with some 100 varieties of tulip as well as daffodils and hyacinths. The Gardens are xxx from Amsterdam and there is a direct bus from Schiphol Airport Plaza.

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Keukenhof Gardens

March 14, 2013

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The tulips are coming out in The Netherlands – it must be springtime. Every year, March is eagerly awaited by gardeners everywhere, not just because it’s the time when plants will actually start growing again and they can get back outside with their buckets and spades, but because March is the month when Keukenhof Gardens tours start each year for its short two-month burst of splendor.

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Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum

March 11, 2013

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I have to say it feels like the Rijksmuseum has been under renovation forever.

In 2000 the decision was made to modernise the 1885 building designed by Pierre Cuypers, and now the date given for the gallery fully reopening is 2013. It does sound like the new-look Rijksmuseum will be worth the wait – the architects are staying faithful to the lovely Cuypers fairytale building, but they are opening it up a bit, adding a couple of new buildings, and modernising visitor facilities, security and climate control for the art works.

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