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Amsterdam Highlights, Netherlands

Amsterdam Highlights, Netherlands

story by: Mike Williams

  • Rembrandt Square (REMBRANDTPLEIN) – Named after the famous Dutch painter Rembrandt it was originally the Botermarkt (Butter Market) and was established in 1668. These days it’s a buzzing nightlife centre with hotels, clubs and cafés. A cast iron statue of Rembrandt stands in the middle of the square.
  • Flower Market – On the Singel Canal where the flowers are displayed on floating barges, this is one of most colourful and fragrant places in the city. Museum quarter – Two of the big drawcards of this area are the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum. Van Gogh houses the largest collection of his paintings, along with drawings and letters, and the Rijksmuseum features a famous collection of Rembrandt works.
  • Jordaan – A funky area that is popular with students and well-to-do business people. It has loads of atmosphere, narrow streets and picturesque canals with lovely little shops, restaurants and bars.
  • Anne Frank’s House – A really moving exhibition in the house where Anne and her family hid. Especially of interest if you’ve read her diaries.
  • Magere Bridge (SKINNY BRIDGE) – One of Amsterdam’s 1280 or so bridges. Built in the 1600s it is a traditional Dutch draw-bridge and opens approx every 20 minutes. Must be seen from the water and is striking especially in the evening when it is lit with fairy lights.
  • Brow n Cafés’ – These are to the Dutch like a local pub to the British. A casual place where you can grab a bite and a drink. The term “brown” comes from the dark wood and stained walls that supposedly owe their hue to years of smoking patrons.
  • Verzetsmuseum – Is a permanent exhibition recreating atmosphere the occupation by the Nazis created in World War II. Old photographs, objects, films & posters all help you image what Amsterdam would have been like during this time.'
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