Amazing Amsterdam is the city with a unique atmosphere and palette of Van Gogh. In the 12th century it was just a small fishing village, but since the 17th it became a major port, the business, financial, commercial and tourist centre of the modern Netherlands. There entwined the small streets with scurrying cyclists and beautiful parks, museums, galleries and coffee-shops, beautiful castles and churches and reddish windows with winking voluptuous women. This is Amsterdam, a small capital with a long history.
The City of youth and fun, Amsterdam is also the capital of art and flowers. Here you can rent a bike and comfortable travel all over the city, simultaneously admiring its architecture of the 17th century, scattered around the city channels, and happy and cheerful locals. Amsterdam is the city of freedom. Here you can find riding a bike diplomat and painted in all colours of the rainbow punk, a cute couple of men holding hands and kissing women. The Dutch capital is the city of museums and attractions, the density of which just strikes per square meter. It is the city of Anne Frank, Spinoza, Rembrandt and Van Gogh.
WHERE TO GO IN AMSTERDAM?
Rijksmuseum, or The Dutch National Museum, is a magnificent 4-storeyed building with more than 1 000 000 exhibits taking visitors on an exciting journey through the country’s art history. The museum was founded in 1800 and was located in the Royal Palace, in The Hague, in 1808 by the order of king Louis Bonaparte, Napoleon’s brother, it was moved to Amsterdam and finally, in 1885 it was opened for visitors. Rijksmuseum is a World treasure trove full of famous artworks and artefacts dating from the 13th century, like Rembrandt’s masterpiece – “Night Watch”. Rijksmuseum is definitely one of the Amsterdam’s most visited attractions and is one out of 20 best museums of the world.
Van Gogh Museum
Amsterdam has the largest number of museums in the world. And one of them is a famous Van Gogh Museum, which has not only the largest collection of his works: two hundred paintings, five hundred drawings and even private letters, but also masterpieces by Gauguin, Monet and other famous artists. All the artworks of Post-Impressionist master are displayed chronologically, which make it possible to understand how changed the style and mood of the artist over time. Van Gogh Museum was opened for public in 1973 and although it is visited by a huge number of people every day, the structure of the museum was thought out so that everyone feels comfortable there.
The Royal Palace
The Royal Palace, or Koninklijk Paleis, is located right in the middle of the city on the central Dam Square. It’s a gorgeous 17th century building which was first used a town hall, but be the order of king Louis Bonaparte became the royal residence. Outside the building looks like the one of a minimalist style, echoing the design of public buildings in Rome, but the Empire style interior strikes with its luxury. For the most of the year the doors of the Royal Palace are open for visitors. But it still functions as a Dutch Royal Family residence where are held special events.
Red Light District
Amsterdam is a city of freedom and tolerance. Tired of museums and walks along the canals, visit one of the most famous sights of the city – the Red Light District. According to some sources it was founded in 1894, and now it is an integral part of the city with alluring women in the windows, smiling and lecherous priestesses of love. Prostitution in the Netherlands is a legal business, as well as local coffee-shops where you can easily buy cannabis. Being in Amsterdam go there window-shopping and gaze at the live exhibits – it’s worth it!