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 https://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. Buy your tickets online
More information on https://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 https://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 https://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 https://www.hermitage.nl
www.sixhaven.nl: The Sixhaven is located in the centre of Amsterdam on the river ‘IJ’ opposite the Central Railway Station. You can reach the Sixhaven with upright mast from the IJsselmeer (lake IJssel) and the North Sea. The Sixhaven is conveniently situated near the centre of Amsterdam, which can be reached by ferry about 5 minutes walk from the Sixhaven. A short ferry trip (5 minutes) will take you to the Central Railway Station. The ferries go frequently, day and night (see time-table public transport GVB).