Amsterdam, Vibrant and Alive City
With its roots in the late 10th century, Amsterdam
is easily one of the most charming cities in Europe. Amsterdam was once the home of legendary master artists Rembrandt
and Van Gogh
and the museums dedicated to their work are not to be missed. Even the casual history enthusiast will be amazed by the historical significance of Amsterdam; most notably the Anne Frank House. In a city so filled with history, art, and of course brilliant tulips your visit to Amsterdam will delight all of your senses.
While in Amsterdam, plan time to enjoy a sightseeing cruise on one of the canals
that wind their way through the city. Cruising on the canals is a relaxing way to see much more of the city than would be possible to see on foot.
A choice of cruises is available; the most popular cruise is the one-hour sightseeing cruise which takes you past some of the beautiful landmarks in Amsterdam. Many visitors to Amsterdam enjoy the two-hour romantic candle light cruise. Enjoy wine and cheese with that special person while taking in the tremendously stunning views. Lunch and dinner cruises are also popular cruises. There really is a cruise for everyone.
For an interesting day trip, when touring Amsterdam, consider taking a windmill tour. Full and half day tours to Zaanse Schans
, and Marken
are available and give you a wonderful opportunity to see the famed windmills as well as shoemakers, dairy farms and quaint shops offering one of a kind items. Must see landmarks in Amsterdam
• Anne Frank House
• Van Gogh Museum
• Oude Kerk
• Museum Van Loon
• The Skinny Bridge
• Dam Square
• Science Center NEMO
• Rembrandt House Museum
Enjoy the grandeur and allure of one of Europe’s most beloved cities when you visit Amsterdam.
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Focus on: the Van Gogh Museum
The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam
, The Netherlands is among the most outstanding museums ever built, ranking as the 31st most visited art museum in the world. The museum hosted over 2 million visitors last year and consistently had well over a million guests every year in the past decade and a half. It is an absolute must see for all art lovers, Van Gogh enthusiasts in particular.
History of the Van Gogh Museum
Located in the Museumplein in Amsterdam-Zuid, the museum opened on June 2nd, 1973. Two individual structures, the Rietveld building, and the Kurokawa wing make up the Van Gogh Museum. The Rietveld building, named after its designer Gerrit Rietveld, was the sole structure from 1973 until 1999. After a renovation to the Rietveld, modernist architect Kisho Kurokawa designed the second area of the museum.
The Rietveld building is home to the permanent collection, which is the most extensive compilation of Van Gogh’s work in the world. The 400 drawings
, 200 paintings
, and 700 letters
from the hand of Vincent Van Gogh create mesmerizing almost spiritual exhibitions of the work of the master. The four-story-tall building also features an area where visitors can learn more about the painting restoration process. There is also a floor holding works of Van Gogh’s fellow artists. Works of art created by Odilon Redon, Paul Signac, Georges Seurat, Émile Bernard, Maurice Denis, Claude Monet, and many other contemporaries of Van Gogh. Additionally, the Rietveld hosts numerous exhibits which explore various aspects of art in the 19th century.
The Kurokawa wing is accessible through an underground tunnel which joins the oval-shaped structure to the Rietveld building. The Kurokawa serves as a home away from home for temporary exhibitions. If necessary, all three floors of the Kurokawa are available for significant traveling exhibits. The Van Gogh Museum was the site of two art thefts. The first happened in 1991 with the theft of 20 paintings from the museum. All artworks were safely recovered the same day, although several sustained significant damages. The four culprits were arrested and convicted of their crimes; as a side note, two of the four art thieves were museum guards. The second major theft occurred in 2002 when two Dutchmen stole the works Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen
and View of the Sea at Scheveningen
. Even after convictions of the robbers, the pair of paintings remained missing for 14 years before the recent recovery in September 2016.
Must See works
Because many of the works held in the Van Gogh Museum are from Van Gogh’s personal unsold collection, it is likely that you will see many unique pieces intermingled with some of Van Gogh’s well-known works. With so much to see, try to get an early start and allow plenty of time to appreciate the wonderous beauty surrounding you. If time becomes scarce, here is a list of ten pieces you should not miss.
• The Potato Eaters
• Worn Out
• Women on the Peat Moor
• Flying Fox
• Snow Covered Field with a Harrow
• Butterflies and Poppies
• Almond Blossoms
Do not pass up the chance to visit the Van Gogh Museum when you are in Amsterdam
, it is an unforgettable experience.