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Airport – Schiphol
City – Amsterdam
If you’ve never been …
… Don’t believe its reputation as a city of stoners and stag parties. In the mid 90s, Amsterdam got to the point where it found itself saturated by people tempted by the promise of legalised prostitution and cheap weed, and while these things are still true, it’s been a long time since the city sold itself in that way.
Now it’s become a popular spot for couples on a romantic city break, for art lovers, sports fans and gig goers alike and, as Schiphol becomes one of the largest hubs in Europe, somewhere to wander around for hours while waiting for a flight connection. So what should you be doing?
See the Old Masters
Amsterdam’s museums are world famous, and rightly so, but the daddy of them all is the Rijksmuseum. Since being renovated, you can see famous paintings by all of the big hitters such as Vermeer, Rembrandt, Bosch and Bruegel. For a more intimate and more unreal experience, try the Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder, which is a church dating from 1663 … In an attic.
Explore the sleazier side
Amsterdam’s renowned Red Light District, which spreads out in a triangle from the main railway station, is there to do what it does. It is also, however, a way to see a small section of Amsterdam’s live and let live spirit in action. Tourists, potheads, beggars, police officers, buskers and food vendors exist happily side by side, equilibrium generally well-maintained.
Picnic in the park
The Vondelpark is the green heart of Amsterdam, with winding paths, English-style hedgerows and meandering waterways. Rotundas, statues and lakes with ornamental fountains make up the relaxing sprawl, where people go to sit, doze in the sun, play their guitars and generally relax together.
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See a show in Paradise
Housed in a converted church that became a hippy squat in the 1960s, Paradiso the first place in Amsterdam that the selling of soft drugs was allowed. Now it’s a gig venue, but it’s also more than that. Films are shown, talks are given and art exhibitions are shown. It’s a cultural institution, and one in which there’s always something to investigate
Analyse anatomical anomalies
Museum Vrolik – named after noted 19th century physician Gerardus Vrolik and his son Willem – is the largest collection of preserved human deformities in the world. Studying them was a fascination among 19th century doctors, and here over 150 specimens can be found on display. It has also been expanded to include specimens of deformed animals.
Cheese and beer
Head out to Brouwerij‘t IJ for some fabulous microbrewed beer. Based in a old bath-house next to a windmill with a lovely patio to sit out on and enjoy the views of the surrounding canals, could this be any more Dutch?! Try a selection of beverages and a plate of the pub’s sheep cheese. The sheep are actually partially fed on the malty pulp from their own beer brewing process! Delicious!