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Amsterdam

Day 1

Morning. Thanks to the compact city centre, Amsterdam is a wonderful place to stroll around. For a first impression, walk through Singel, Heren-, Keizers- or Prinsengracht canals, or rent a bicycle for a larger radius. Boat tours are a particularly nice way to explore the canals and canals: either rent a pedal boat or take a comfortable canal cruise through the waterways. Alternatively, take a lights tour in the evening hours.

Buildings of Amsterdam

Lunchtime. The Jordaan district with its narrow streets and picturesque houses is home to the original Amsterdam. There are lots of small shops and bars. Like Cafe Nol, an authentic Jordaan bar with crystal chandeliers (Westerstraat 109). Behind many an inconspicuous front door hides a little world of its own: the hofje. Tiny, lovingly planted courtyards. A brief pause in the beguinage, an oasis of peace. God-fearing women used to live in the white-painted houses.

Gourmet Restaurant

Evening. Dim lighting, lewd gestures. But no, that's not why we're wandering through the red light district. It's culinary ambitions, namely fine dining at Vermeer, one of the trendy restaurants (P. Hendrikkade 66). The caramelised Brussels sprouts are to die for. The young-at-heart later immerse themselves in the club scene, which is pleasantly relaxed. Bouncers are usually no problem. An institution is the Paradiso, disco and concert stage in an old church (Weteringschans 6-8).

Rijksmuseum

Day 2

Morning. If you want to see the highlights of Dutch art, the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh Museum are centrally located in one square (Museumplein). A must-see this year: Rembrandt, whose 350th death anniversary is commemorated with exhibitions and events, including the public restoration of the "Night Watch". In the heart of the city centre, there is a small wonder to discover: the Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder. Visitors go on a voyage of discovery in a 17th century canal house (Golden Age).

Magna Plaza

Lunchtime. Amsterdam is a real shopper's paradise. Magna Plaza, just behind the Dam, is located in the former main post office and is considered one of the most beautiful shopping centres in Amsterdam. The P.C. Hoofstraat is undoubtedly the chicest shopping street with exclusive shops of big brands. The Nine Streets cross the city's main canals between Leidsestraat and the Jordaan district. Here you will find countless nice restaurants, cafés, galleries, boutiques and vintage shops.

A’DAM lookout tower swing

Evening. Framed by traditional pubs like Café Luxembourg or Hoppe, but also by trendy shops like Esprit or Tokyo, Spui is considered the city's quaintest square. Over a Heineken beer and a portion of Bitterballen (deep-fried meat croquettes), plans can be made for the rest of the evening. Want some thrills? Europe's highest swing is on the A'DAM observation deck with a magnificent 360-degree view of the city (Amsterdam Tower, Overhoeksplein 1, opposite Central Station, ferry 901).

 

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