The city with endless options
AMSTERDAM IS A DEEPLY HISTORIC CAPITAL THAT OFFERS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
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,