The city with end­less op­tions


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make it sim­ple and safe to nav­i­gate the pic­turesque streets.

For those seek­ing a taste of cul­ture, the three main mu­se­ums are a must visit. The Ri­jksmu­seum houses Dutch art and his­tor­i­cal ar­ti­facts dat­ing back to the Mid­dle Ages, the Van Gogh Mu­seum har­bours the world’s largest col­lec­tion of the Dutch artist’s work, while the St­edelijk Mu­seum show­cases mod­ern art from the likes of Monet and Matisse, right through to more con­tem­po­rary in­stal­la­tions.

For those in­ter­ested in the city’s his­tory, the Western Canal Ring is home to the Anne Frank Huis, where the Frank fam­ily hid from the Nazi’s in a se­cret an­nex for more than two years and from where Anne wrote her emo­tional di­ary ac­count of that time.

If you are look­ing for a more re­lax­ing stay and sim­ply want to take in the beauty of the city, then you can ex­plore the 100km of canals by boat or take in the vi­brant mar­kets such as the Bloe­men­mark, which is the world’s only float­ing flower mar­ket.

Mean­while, one of Am­s­ter­dam’s most­loved es­capes is the 47-hectare Von­del­park, which is home to gar­dens with ponds, wind­ing foot­paths and sculp­tures in­clud­ing Pi­casso’s The Fish.

With so much to ex­plore you are bound to have worked up an ap­petite and thank­fully there is no short­age of quaint cafes and high-end restau­rants. In a city that is both lib­eral and di­verse, it it no sur­prise to find an ar­ray of cuisines that is multi-cul­tural and ad­ven­tur­ous. There are nu­mer­ous restau­rants boast­ing Miche­lin stars, such as La Rive which serves a mix­ture of Mediter­ranean and French cui­sine, and Ciel Bleu which mixes stun­ning views with de­li­cious dishes.

With 180 na­tion­al­i­ties re­sid­ing in the com­pact city, ev­ery flavour imag­in­able is avail­able in Am­s­ter­dam, though if you are look­ing for some Dutch fare then Bistro Bij Ons of­fers tra­di­tional Kip­schnitzel [ten­der chicken] and Kip­saté [skew­ered grilled lamb].

Once you are well fed then the city re­ally comes alive in the evenings. The Dou­ble­tree by Hil­ton’s East­wood restau­rant boasts a Sky Lounge that of­fers stun­ning views of the city which is to­tally trans­formed at night. In fact there is no short­age of bars and night spots, es­pe­cially in Rem­brandt­plein, Lei­d­se­plein and the Me­dieval Cen­tre.

Am­s­ter­dam is also home to nu­mer­ous in­de­pen­dent brew­eries such as the Brouw­erij’t IJ, which sits at the foot of the 18th-cen­tury De Gooyer Wind­mill. The Wy­nand Fockink is also worth a visit,

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