10 BLISSFUL PROMISES OF CITY OF CANALS AMSTERDAM

PAY ATTENTION TO THE TEN BLISSFUL PROMISES OF AMSTERDAM TO BREATHE THE CITY IN; YOU WON’T REGRET IT.

Amsterdam, a city of canals and a paradise of tulips, offers attractive promises to those who want to experience the city truly, besides the two mentioned characteristics that are identified with it. This is a city, which is young, contemporary, and quite comfortable to ride a bicycle from floating homes to sidewalks, from bridges to canals, and from cafés to museums that exhibit the collections of the world-famous painters. Listen to the ten blissful promises of Amsterdam to breathe the city in; you will not regret it.

Van Gogh Museum
Van Gogh Museum where one of the richest Van Gogh collections in the world is exhibited is a place not to miss. The museum is also impressive with its glass entrance at first glance. In addition, this place almost offers a summary of Van Gogh’s life from his artistic development period to his ‘Sunflowers’ painting, which represents his mastery period. Works by Gaugin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Monet, and Bernard are also exhibited at the museum.

Anne Frank’s house
The world is able to look at what happened during the war from a different perspective owing it to her diary that she kept while hiding from the violence of the war in this house. Anne Frank died in a concentration camp during the World War II when she was 15. Today, the house she lived in Amsterdam is a museum, which is visited by one million visitors each year. It is possible to see her gloomy bedroom and her original diary. The most attractive spot of the museum is the Secret Annex, which is also known as the back house. During the Nazi invasion, the Frank Family and the others were keeping their silent wait day and night, reading Dickens, trying to isolate themselves from the war by hanging the pictures of Hollywood stars on the walls, and trying to fit in the clothing that were beginning to feel so small after a while.

Vondelpark
Vondelpark with its British style gardens, pools, green lawns, pedestrian bridges, and twisted pathways is among the most popular green zones of Holland. The ambience is most liked by the people who celebrate their special events outdoors, tourists, lovers, bicycle riders, skateboarders, mothers who stroll their babies around, youngsters who play soccer, and families having picnic. Although, the park hosts 10 million visitors annually, the crowds never reach annoying sizes. It would be useful to follow the free concerts in the open-air theatre located in the park.

Albert Cuypmarkt
The largest of the city, the dynamic market place, which is open six days a week, Albert Cuypmarkt adds color to the De Pijp district. In the expansive market that has been set up since 1904, vendors try to get attention of customers by calling out to sell their herbs, spices, vegetables, and fruits. Textile products are also available in the market. Don’t skip to take a look at Holland cheeses and flowers.

Rijsk Museum
Rijsk Museum with its galleries that are 1.5 km long is among the most important art treasures of Holland owing it to over 7500 works by famous painters such as Rembrandts, Vermeer, and many more that are exhibited at the museum. Especially, Golden Age collection consists of the museum’s most striking works. Landscapes, portraits grab attention. The apple of the eye of the museum is Rembrandt’s ‘Night Guard’ that is dated 1642. Blue-white Delft china, dollhouses from the 17th century, and the new Asia Pavilion are worth seeing. You can visit the gardens decorated with sculptures free of charge. The building of the museum that is constructed with bricks in neo renaissance style is also striking.

Bicycle tours
Riding around with a bicycle in Amsterdam is a-must. You can participate in the bicycle tours that only take a few hours with ease, especially with a small group. Bicycle is the ideal means of transportation in Amsterdam because the city is flat. You can ride through the canals and narrow streets of the city, pass in front of the world famous Rijsk Museum and Anne Frank’s house. The Bohemian Jordaan District is en route. The neighborhood, which used to be poor once, is now a place with an eclectic structure where artists, students, and young entrepreneurs live among the dashy boutiques, traditional cafes, and modern restaurants. You cross Magere Brug, the most beautiful bridge of the city, and pass through the ‘Red Light District’ from the 14th century during this tour.

Royal Palace
The structure that was put into service as the city hall in 1655 was started to be used as the royal palace. Marble labor especially where the world maps are engraved is marvelous. King Willem-Alexander uses this palace for ceremonies only. The architect Jacob van Campen didn’t do anything by halves to show the wealth of Amsterdam.

Begijnhof Courtyard
The monastery from the 14th century is a secret corner with its small houses, mini gardens, and conserved courtyards. The Beguines were unmarried or widowed Catholic women who cared after the elderly and lived a religious life without swearing an oath to the monastery. The last Beguine lived until 1971. The Benijnhof Chapel is located inside the courtyard.

Hermitage Amsterdam Museum
A branch of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg was opened here as a reflection of the deeply rooted relations between Russia and Holland owing it to Tsar Peter the Great’s desire to learn building ships in Holland in 1697. The treasures from the Russian palace and the exhibitions that consist of Matisse and Picasso masterpieces change twice annually. It would be the best to visit the museum in the morning since it is highly popular.

Greetje
Stop by Greetje to taste the traditional flavors of Holland. Owner of the restaurant Rene named the place after her mother and making her mother’s delicious recipes there. The restaurant has a surprising menu that consists of original dishes, appetizers, and desserts prepared with organic products. The appetizer sampler platter will introduce you to many new flavors such as pickled meat and slow roasted veal with apricots and leeks.

PHOTO SPOT
Climb up 186 steps to the bell tower of the Westerkerk Church; the view is noteworthy.

ACTIVITY
Taking a boat tour through the canals is necessary in Amsterdam.

CALENDAR
Make a note of the Tulip Festival, which takes place between March 24 and May 16, to experience the pleasure of seeing thousands of tulips all together in Keukenhof.