Undoubtedly one of the jewels of Europe, and not just because of the stunning 17th century canals and world famous museums.
Top 10 experiences to discover Amsterdam:
Art and the city
The Stedelijk Museum reopens its doors to the public again. The historical building has been restored and a new addition is soaring above Museumplein like a modern sculpture. The Stedelijk Museum is the largest museum of modern and contemporary art and design in the Netherlands which together with the nearby Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum offers a unique opportunity to admire five centuries of art history.
Amsterdam’s spectacular new film museum EYE, located on the bank of the IJ river, not only screens films but also has a series of high profile exhibitions, such as this autumn’s Expanded Cinema.
Wining & Dining
Rembrandtplein has a new eye catcher: Kitchen & Bar Van Rijn. Van Rijn is the ideal choice for a stylish night out and for enjoying live music.
Van Gogh on the move
From 29 September 2012 until 25 April 2013 the Van Gogh Museum collection will be temporarily hosted by the Hermitage Amsterdam with the presentation Vincent. During this period, the Van Gogh Museum will be undergoing a renovation.
Shaken not stirred
Enjoy your expertly created cocktail in the cosmopolitan Momo bar, located in the Park hotel in between Leidseplein and Museumplein.
Amsterdam is a mecca for design lovers. Frozen Fountain has modern furniture and home accessories. Moooi is renowned Dutch designer Marcel Wanders’ own store and at Loods6 you will find beautiful interior and design stores such as Pols Potten.
Cultural night out
During the Museumnacht Amsterdam more than forty museums open their doors from 7.00 p.m. to 2.00 a.m. to present a special exhibition programme alongside their permanent collections and temporary exhibitions.
No it’s not possible to sleep in Hotel de Goudfazant, located in Amsterdam Noord on the IJ River. But you can eat delicious food in a huge hall with white linen-covered tables and red canteen chairs.
Biking in Amsterdam
You won't have to be here for long to realize that the bike is an integral part of Amsterdam life. Be like a local and discover Amsterdam by bike but stay safe and read our top tips for biking in Amsterdam which includes the unspoken rules of the road.
Culture in the Metropolitan area
Seven years after the success of Michelangelo, the Teylers Museum in Haarlem presents drawings and paintings by that other genius of the Italian Renaissance, Raphael.
The Netherlands’ first ever exhibition of the master’s work! Raphael runs from 28 September 2012 until 6 January 2013.
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