If a city could be a museum, Amsterdam would win global awards. With its tapestry of canals, gabled buildings and free-spirit, this mandated capital of the Netherlands has always attracted travelers and tourists. The Rijksmuseum is classed as one of the finest art museums on this planet, Van Gogh and Rembrandt, as well as thousands of others.
The Von Gogh Museum traces the life and works of this tortured painter, although some contemporary artworks are also on display. Museum het Rembrandthuis, housed in this Master’s former home, gives you an intimate glimpse into Rembrandt’s life. Any visit to Amsterdam would be incomplete without booking a tour at the Anne Frank House. The story of this tragic Jewish teen diary-keeper who hid with her family in a secret annexe for years, only to be murdered in the hellish camps, became a symbol of the Holocaust, and the tour is a powerful experience. Other Amsterdam must-sees include the former-town-hall-turned-Royal-Palace and the cultural complex of De Hallen. Experience Amsterdam through its web of canals. Hop on and off the canal boat-busses. Wander through ancient cobbled streets, pop into cozy bruin cafes, named for their brown wood paneling.