Category: Sightseeing

Top Sights in Amsterdam’s Old Center

March 26, 2015

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Amsterdam’s oldest district is also its most central, focusing on Dam Square, the Oude Kerk and Nieuwmarkt as well as the canals Oudezijds Voorburgwaal and Oudezijds Achterburgwaal. Top sights in Amsterdam’s Old Center include the Red Light District; some of the best gabled architecture in the city; several excellent (and some not so good) museums; and bars, restaurants and shops by the hundred.

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Following the Tulip Bulb Route to Keukenhof

March 12, 2015

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One of Europe’s top seasonal attractions, Keukenhof Gardens at Lisse bills itself as ‘the most photographed attraction in the world’. Opening for just eight weeks every year in spring, the gardens fade quickly but the Tulip Bulb Route to Keukenhof does last for slightly longer.

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Exhibitions to Brighten January in Amsterdam

January 29, 2015

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With new arts centers springing up on the north side of the IJ waterway and temporary displays in the great art museums of Musemplein, 2015 brings plenty of exhibitions to brighten January in Amsterdam.

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The Best Amsterdam Markets

January 15, 2015

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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.

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Van Gogh the Ultimate Collection at the Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam

January 6, 2015

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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.

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10 Reasons to Visit Amsterdam for the Holidays

December 4, 2014

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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.

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New from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

December 2, 2014

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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.

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The Sights of Jewish Amsterdam

November 6, 2014

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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.

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Museums for Children in Amsterdam

October 15, 2014

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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.

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Amsterdam’s Best Canal House Museums

October 9, 2014

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Amsterdam’s concentric ring of canals marks the city’s hey day in the 17th century, when overcrowded conditions and an influx of people into the city meant that expansion became imperative. Several of these majestic canal-side mansions have been converted into museums. Here are my choices of Amsterdam’s best five canal house museums.

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