From its earliest days, Amsterdam has been a bustling hub of commerce that welcomed other cultures with open arms. Learn more about this lovely canal-side city, including the rich history and development of its tolerant society. Or jump straight to the modern day and find out about the city’s architecture and its colourful neighbourhoods. If you’re feeling ambitious, you might even pick up a few words of Dutch! More information on http://www.iamsterdam.com
Until 2013, the Rijksmuseum extensively cultivated. During the renovation, the Rijksmuseum in the Philips Wing of the masterpieces from the Golden Age under the title ‘The Masterpieces’. There are also temporary exhibitions and presentations of the latest additions.
More information on http://www.rijksmuseum.nl/
A visit to the Van Gogh Museum is a unique experience. The museum contains the largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh in the world. It provides the opportunity to keep track of the artist’s developments, or compare his paintings to works by other artists from the 19th century in the collection. The museum also holds an extensive offer of exhibitions on various subjects from 19th-century art history. More information on http://www.vangoghmuseum.nl
Museum het Rembrandthuis Get to know the master personally by visiting the home and studio of the illustrious artist Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669). The Rembrandt House Museum owns an almost complete collection of Rembrandt’s world-famous etchings. A changing selection is on permanent display in the museum. More information on http://www.rembrandthuis.nl/
Explore Anne Frank’s hiding place. Wander around a labyrinth of hallways, stairs and little rooms. Inspect the furnished rooms and listen to the stories of those who hid there, and their helpers. More information on http://www.annefrank.org/en/
Early in 2013, a year of celebration in Dutch-Russian relations, the Hermitage Amsterdam will present a major exhibition devoted to Peter the Great (1672–1725), the modernizer of Russia. The exhibition will paint a picture of this unconventional, inspired and inquisitive Russian tsar, who by the time he took power at the age of 17 was determined to transform his country. His achievements include reforming the military and the church, expanding trade and industry, and improving education and public health. He turned Russia into a great European power with a brand-new capital city: St Petersburg, his “window on the West.” With historical artefacts, paintings, gold jewellery from the ancient world, weapons and unique documents, the exhibition will sketch the life of this peerless ruler. From his youth Peter collected art, including a Rembrandt, planting the seed for St Petersburg’s later Hermitage collection. An enthusiastic traveller, he went two visits to Western Europe, including the Dutch Republic. It was the city of Amsterdam, in particular, that inspired him to found his new capital. More information on http://www.hermitage.nl
www.citymarina.nl ; This port is located directly on the IJ in Amsterdam city center. Within 5 minutes walk from the harbor through the lively Haarlemmerstraat (known as the best shopping area of the Netherlands) towards the “Jordaan” or along the central station towards the “Wallen”. Although the port is in the center of Amsterdam, “Bickerseiland” is unusually quiet. It is like a cozy historic neighborhood and yet in the bustling city.