Water is inextricably linked with Amsterdam, to cross all these canals and rivers, the city has about 1700 bridges.
Every five years SAIL Amsterdam takes place. This means that in August 2015 a fleet of Tall Ships from all over the world will come to the IJ harbour and everybody is welcome to visit them. During the four day exhibition many other cultural events and maritime-themed entertainment will take place both on the water and on the wharfs.
Since centuries most of the Dutch Jews have lived in Amsterdam. There are for example still a lot of ‘Jiddisj’ words in the Amsterdam dialect. The Jews contributed to the prosperity of Amsterdam, to the establishment of the Dutch West Indies Company, and to the Dutch Golden Age. Before World War II, 10% of the population in Amsterdam was Jewish, which meant about 80,000 people – but only 20% of them survived the Holocaust, though. The most well-known victim in Amsterdam is the Jewish girl named Anne Frank, who wrote her world-famous diary while in hiding. Her hiding place in the Secret Annex is a museum, called the Anne Frank House, situated in the centre of Amsterdam at Prinsengracht 263-267.
A troubled genius, famed for his self deprecation and vibrant landscapes; Vincent Van Gogh is admired across the world. Though was his untimely end merely a simple tragedy?
Escape the bustle of the city and discover a forgotten world at this picturesque village, renowned for its traditional Dutch architecture, authentic atmosphere and of course, its iconic series of working windmills.
Located within Amsterdam’s exclusive 9 Streets, this fascinating museum exhibits a 700 year history of spectacles. The National Museum of Spectacles is a family run business, which allows visitors the opportunity to journey back in time and explore the changing styles and fashions of eye wear.
Liberation day is an extremely important celebratory day for the people of the Netherlands. It marks the day that the country was finally freed from the grasp of Nazism at the end of the Second World War. If you are visiting Amsterdam on this day then you will find it hard not to be swept up in the party spirit.
Ideally located within the heart of the city centre and just minutes away from the bustling Dam Square, the Amsterdam Dungeon allows visitors the opportunity to journey back in time and explore some of the city’s more terrifying history. Live actors, fantastic special effects and a roller coaster ride make this attraction an interactive, exciting and, at times, quite frightening experience which should not be missed.
With lots of our Amsterdam apartments located in the picturesque area of Plantage, you’ll be able to visit the magnificent Hermitage Amsterdam with real ease!
The Begijnhof is one of those really rare sights to see, especially given the ever-developing modern metropolitan setting of Amsterdam. It is one of the oldest inner courts in the city – and the only remaining one, for that matter. Once you’re there you’ll come across a range of breathtaking 14th-century typical Dutch buildings; they are private houses in vast majority – still occupied today, so you have to remember to respect the privacy of the residents although the entry itself is free. Apart from that, the place is also a home to the English Reformed Church, so you can expect to see daily masses, weddings and baptism ceremonies taking place.