THE 'VENICE OF THE NORTH'
Canal walks, world-class art scenery and vintage cafés indulge the lives of Amsterdam citizens and tourists. We take you on a tour to see the art side of Amsterdam through its museums, galleries and charming little spots that nomads stumble upon whilst exploring the city
Words: Aleksandra Georgieva
Photography: Hatice Yardim, Yunming Wang
27 April 2019
If you are looking for a city break filled with culture, Amsterdam is your target destination. Home to the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House, the Dutch capital is perfect for the lovers of art, history, long romantic city walks or cycling.
Named the “Venice of the North” after its geographically low position and numerous Golden Age canals Amsterdam is among the most rewarding cities to visit in Europe. Rich in vintage shops, first-class museums and cosy cafés Amsterdam offers its visitors an experience to remember. Hidden gardens, boutique venues and narrow side alleys lay around the atmospheric canal streets, which create the perfect afternoon of urban sightseeing within the heart of the Dutch capital city. Cutting-edge designs, some of the best clubs in Europe, niche restaurants and classical music venues are only a part of the clash between traditional and modern virtues that re to be witnessed all around the city.
The urban scenery in Amsterdam offers an insight of ancient architecture next to contemporary designs, much like the contrast between modern art and global masterpieces showcased in mega exhibits. One of the biggest Dutch cities praise itself with globally renowned art places such as Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum and the Museum het Rembrandthuis. Additionally, the Rijksmuseum hosts gems of the Golden Age including some of the work of pioneers Rembrandts and Vermeers. Yet, Amsterdam has more to offer alongside culture and art. The city is the home to the house museum of one of the greatest global influences of all time - the WWII teenage diarist Anne Frank, who lost her life to the Holocaust.
It is a well-known fact that Amsterdammers love to cycle. Whether they are en route to work, for a date or simply going to the shop, taking a spin is efficient, easy and environmentally friendly. The Netherlands has one of the longest cycling paths in Europe, while bike rental is available across the main and small cities within the country. If you are not a fan of cycling, make sure to experience the sailing ride aspect of the everyday life of the Amsterdam citizens, who are often seen aboard the free ferries or the many canal boats within the city. For the lovers of cosy atmosphere, the vintage Dutch cafés are famous for their beautiful interiors, which takes visitors back in time of elegant locals, cigarette smoke, intellectual discussions, detailed hand-made furniture, candlelit tables and the iconic feeling of the traditional bruin café.