IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

Regarded as one of the year’s most eagerly anticipated cultural events, Amsterdam’s International Documentary Film Festival brings together thousands of devoted fans for an annual spectacle of enriching and uplifting entertainment. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2012, the world’s largest documentary film festival never fails to mesmerise audiences with its exceptional presentation, diverse repertoire and outstanding quality.

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Ideally located upon Amsterdam’s famous Museumplein, referred to as a paradise for art lovers, the magnificent Rijksmuseum is an attraction definitely worthy of a visit. Boasting a huge collection of impressive exhibitions, the Dutch National Museum is dedicated to arts, crafts and history and includes renowned masterpieces such as Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’ and Vermeer’s ‘The Milkmaid’.

National Maritime Museum

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when thinking of Amsterdam? Most people will probably say ‘dikes’, ‘canals’ or ‘houseboats’ and there is a point to such answer, as this city has always been strongly connected with life on the water. No wonder that the award-winning National Maritime Museum (or Het Scheepvaartmuseum in Dutch) shall absolutely make it to your travel agenda as a place devoted precisely to everything that contributed to the power of the Dutch over the seas of the world.

The Canals of Amsterdam – A magic boundary of the Venice of the North

Water has always been an important element and a crucial factor in shaping the economy and the way of life of the Dutch. No wonder that the Golden Age era (the 17th century, to be more precise) enabled Amsterdam to take full advantage of all the technological advancement of the time. As a result, what was initially designed as an efficient system of land irrigation and water drainage has become a beautiful landmark blooming with fantastic historic sights, as well as a range of ever-surprising contemporary attractions. After all, UNESCO can’t be wrong with entering the Canal Ring (or the Grachtengordel, as the Dutch say) into their World Heritage List in 2010. No other city can boast anything similar, so let us take you on a brief textual tour and highlight the most important features of this amazing wonder.

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Surprise. Innovation. Thrill. Progressiveness. Controversy. Distinctiveness. A collection of random associations? Not really, for actually all of the abovementioned ideas will instantly spring to your mind after a visit in Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum – the place to be if you’re looking for some quality excitement with contemporary art and design as the main theme.

Shopping in Amsterdam – Shop ‘til drop in the streets of Amsterdam

Milan, Paris and New York are known for being the capitals of fashion but when it comes to shopping Amsterdam does not fall behind. Dutch design is worldwide famous and for a reason. Amsterdam offers great shopping for all budgets and styles. Designer brands, high street fashion and unique boutiques, charming book stores and lively cafes in which you can sit and relax after a long day walking down the streets of A’Dam and its endless shopping streets. It is not for nothing that one of the shopping areas of downtown Amsterdam is called the 9 Streets. Yes, 9 streets of shops almost exclusively. But there is more, much more!

Dutch Fashion – Forget wooden shoes and get to know real Dutch fashion

While walking down the streets of Amsterdam the other day, I realized how diverse and edgy Dutch fashion is and how, weirdly enough, it is quite unknown to fashionistas around the world. Yes, everyone has heard about Viktor & Rolf and the well-known supermodels Doutzen Kroes, Mark van der Loo, Lara Stone and Karen Mulder, but what about hard-core fashion? What about designers? Paris, Milan, London… what about Amsterdam!?

Nemo Science Centre, Amsterdam – A fun packed day out at a truly interactive museum

Set within an iconic green building and located upon Amsterdam’s Oosterdok, just minutes away from Central Station, the Nemo Science Centre offers a fun packed, educational experience for all ages. Boasting five floors of science and technology, this interactive museum is definitely worthy of a visit.

Occupying a prime position upon Amsterdam’s bustling Dam Square, located within an historical building, is the fun filled, interactive waxwork museum – the world famous Madame Tussauds. Attracting thousands of visitors throughout the year, this entertaining experience allows visitors an opportunity to come face to face with the stars and celebrities of the past and present day.

Amsterdam City Tour – A delightful morning exploring a fascinating city

The city of Amsterdam is truly fascinating and a place brimming with history and culture. Boasting stunning churches, impressive buildings, picturesque canals and even a Royal Palace, there really is something for everyone. One of the best ways to explore the vast collection of sights and attractions is by taking one of the fabulous city tours, which provides an effortless blend of fun and education.