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Keukenhofdreef, Lisse, Netherlands
Keukenhof Gardens in The Netherlands isn't one of the seven wonders of the modern world, but it very well could be. With over 7 million flowers, including a vibrant sea of tulips, orchids, hyacinths, lilies, and countless other varietals,...
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Rozengracht 25, 1016 LR Amsterdam, Netherlands
Long after America bit into the cupcake craze, Europe is finally sinking some teeth into it. Since 2012, Amsterdammers with a sweet tooth have been getting their sugar fix at Van Ness Cupcake, in the heart of the city on Spuistraat. The tiny...
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Rozengracht 35, 1016 LR Amsterdam, Netherlands
Life may be like a box of mystery chocolates for Forrest Gump. But unlike Forrest, you'll know just what you're gonna get when you choose from the homemade ice creams, truffles, origin chocolates, pralines, premium coffee and macaroons at Pepper...
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Tweede Egelantiersdwarsstraat 2, 1015 SC Amsterdam, Netherlands
It was the fifth of seven food stops on our Jordaan Food Tour (http://www.eatingamsterdamtours.com/jordaan-food-tour/), a four-hour gastronomic adventure through one of Amsterdam's most scenic and historic neighborhoods. We'd already devoured...
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Herengracht 316, 1011 BS Amsterdam, Netherlands
The impressive facades of Amsterdam's 17th century canal houses conceal stunning gardens that come alive in spring. During Open Tulip Days in late April/early May, one ticket buys access to more than a dozen secluded gardens, most of which are...
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Keizersgracht 672, 1017 ET Amsterdam, Netherlands
If Amsterdam's 17th-century canal houses could talk, they might reveal secrets of wealthy merchants who raised families in the tall, narrow properties during Holland's Golden Age. Today, the historic residences have been transformed into hotels,...
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Damrak, 1012 Amsterdam, Netherlands
It might not rival German Christmas markets—or even those in Maastricht and Valkenburg in South Holland—but Amsterdam's first annual Winter Market debuted in November 2013, bringing twinkling music, festive music, holiday shopping and seasonal...
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Staalstraat 7-A, 1011 JJ Amsterdam, Netherlands
What do you get when you combine a design gallery/store with a café, beauty salon, fashion boutique and rental apartment? Add it all up and it equates to Droog, a multifunctional space that melds a 160-square meter exhibition space with an...
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Polonceaukade 23, 1014 DA Amsterdam, Netherlands
With its chill vibe, funky decor, warehouse-like interior and spacious terrace, Pacific Parc is a rock 'n' roll bistro with an edge. Situated in a former treatment plant at Westergasfabriek, the café-nightclub on Amsterdam's west side...
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Herengracht 497, 1017 BT Amsterdam, Netherlands
If you tire of highbrow culture, sample a lighter approach to art devoted to a single theme at one of Amsterdam's quirkiest museums: the Katten Kabinet (Cat Cabinet). While professionally curated, this homage to all things feline has a humorous...
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The journey is part of the fun of visiting this market on the north side of the River IJ: The IJ-Hallen Flea Market, boasting up to 750 stands manned by vendors hawking vintage clothes, antiques, books, leather goods and bric-a-brac, typically...
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Museumplein, 1071 DJ Amsterdam, Netherlands
On bright, cold days from late November through February, Museumplein is transformed into a wintry wonderland, with an ice rink, holiday market and craft-making displays. With the mighty Rijksmuseum as a backdrop, join locals in favorite outdoor...
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If searching for treasures amidst other folks' junk is your kinda thing, head to the Waterlooplein Flea Market on Amsterdam's northeast side, across the Amstel River from Rembrantplein. Named for the Battle of Waterloo that took down Napoleon in...
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Diepenbrockstraat, 1077 Amsterdam, Netherlands
With more than 80 participating vendors all passionate about the food they grow, harvest, bake and cook, Amsterdam's Pure Markt (Pure Market) is the outdoor shopping event to visit if you want to tuck into a world of international flavor and fun....
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Pazzanistraat 33, 1014 DB Amsterdam, Netherlands
This sprawling 19th-century former gasworks complex west of the Canal Ring was a polluted site for decades after its closing in the mid-1960s. It was cleaned up and reopened in 2003 as a park, and its architecturally significant red-brick...
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Dam 8, 1012 NP Amsterdam, Netherlands
Did you know that Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Matt Damon once kicked butt in Amsterdam's Dampkring coffeeshop in the Hollywood blockbuster Ocean's Twelve? Or that Amsterdam has a Jewish quarter with a museum that tells the story of the Jewish...
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George Maduroplein 1, 2584 RZ Den Haag, Netherlands
If visiting a miniature version of a country the size of a postage stamp makes no sense to you, stay away from Madurodam, a top tourist attraction in Den Haag featuring historic Dutch towns, ports, canals, roads and monuments re-created on a 1/25...
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Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat, 1071 Amsterdam, Netherlands
From vintage shops and hipster boutiques in the Negen Straats (Nine Streets) to posh designer outlets on P.C. Hoofstraat, Amsterdam's shopping scene is nothing if not eclectic. There's something for everyone on Kalverstraat, a shopping street that...
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Stadhouderskade 78, 1072 AE Amsterdam, Netherlands
If €18 for a few glasses of Dutch brew served against a backdrop of old Heineken commercials and a quasi-3D movie starring a guy swimming in a pool of beer sounds entertaining, by all means visit The Heineken Experience. You may find your...
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What's not to like about Museumplein? In summer, it's as chill as Vondelpark, with picnickers playing instruments and getting high on the lawn. Add more grass and the field becomes stoners' heaven as well as a magnet for art aficionados. The...
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Stationsweg 166A, 2161 AM Lisse, Netherlands
It's a zen-like experience doable a scant nine weeks of the year: Keukenhof, where seven million blooming tulips, daffodils and hyacinths have attracted 800,000+ spring visitors for 60 years. Covering nearly 80 acres, the stunning display is the...
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Are the Dutch so tall because they consume so much dairy? Hard to say, but the important thing is that delectable cheese made from the milk of cows and sheep grazing on lush pastures in Holland is sold throughout Amsterdam. Netherlanders have been...
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Singel, 1012 DH Amsterdam, Netherlands
Since 1862, fresh flowers and plants have arrived by barge from the Dutch countryside to Amsterdam. While this assemblage of flora still shows up daily, it comes by van, not boat, to the Bloemenmarkt, the world's only floating flower market. Here,...
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Lijnbaansgracht 191, 1016 XA Amsterdam, Netherlands
Who knew you could buy a little string instrument for as little as €35, learn to play it in days and ramp up in weeks to performing in an urban orchestra? If you're looking for a laugh to go along with your live music, hit Amsterdam's Uke...
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Prinsengracht 296K, 1016 HW Amsterdam, Netherlands
If you didn't know to look for it, you might miss this little floating gem. The houseboat museum shows you exactly what it's like to live on one of Amsterdam's canals. For less than five euro you can climb down to water level and explore life...
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Prinsengracht 112, 1015 EA Amsterdam, Netherlands
Just down the street from the Anne Frank House is the Amsterdam Cheese Museum. It feels more like a shop, shelves filled to the ceiling with a huge variety of Dutch cheeses, including the world-famous gouda and edam varieties. If you are strolling...
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Prinsengracht 263-267, 1016 GV Amsterdam, Netherlands
If you are in Amsterdam, you must visit the Anne Frank House, which is located on the Prinsengracht Canal. It was in this "Secret Annex" that the young Anne Frank wrote her world-famous diary while hiding in occupied Holland. Visitors are allowed...
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NDSM-Plein 102, 1033 WB Amsterdam, Netherlands
On a hopping night, Noorderlicht (Northern Lights) blazes with colorful lights visible clear across the IJ River—hence its name. For those drinking and jamming to live music on a waterfront terrace warmed by a roaring bonfire, the setting is...
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Prinsengracht 645, 1016 HV Amsterdam, Netherlands
Headquartered about an hour north of the city, Royal Tichelaar Makkum has been making traditional Dutch pottery and tiles for more than four centuries. In Amsterdam proper, the design store Frozen Fountain sells modern Makkum pieces, including...
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Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam’s State Museum reopened in 2013 after a decade of renovations, and it is oh so worth a visit! Weave your way through the museum's vast assemblage of historic art (there are over 8,000 pieces!) to check out works from Dutch masters...
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Kinkerstraat 336, 1053 GE Amsterdam, Netherlands
...here is the silver ring I told about in my last highlight. I thought it deserved a photo and highlight of its own. We found this little jewelry shop on at adventure in Amsterdam. It was a "highlight" of my trip for sure! After we put my order...
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Timorplein 62, 1094 CC Amsterdam, Netherlands
“If I want to know what’s going on, I go to Studio/K, a cool cinema and café. It’s run by students from universities around the city who are really on top of what’s happening in terms of concerts and events. In the...
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Eastern Docklands, Amsterdam, Netherlands
“This DIY atelier and shop is new and the kind of place that I am happy is popping up in the neighborhood. It sells a mix of handmade furniture and knitted hats and sweaters. They offer crafting workshops here, too." —Maartje Van Den...
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Spui 12, 1012 XA Amsterdam, Netherlands
We woke up on day two, intending to wander around, grab lunch and then spend the rest of the day in the park. However, our host suggested a book market only open on Fridays. Within minutes of the suggestion, we were out the door, armed with...
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Dam, 1012 JS Amsterdam, Netherlands
The central hub of downtown Amsterdam is Dam Square, and it’s been at the heart of the city’s history since the 13th century. Today, the open-air public space is ringed by shops and restaurants and packed with people, including street...
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In Amsterdam you see most everything. The Sex Shop is a tourist attraction that this day caught the eye of a elderly woman who read the sign, grabbed her husbands arm and lead him right in. Somehow I was able to capture the moment.
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Noordermarkt 42B, 1015 NA Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Damrak 243, 1012 ZJ Amsterdam, Netherlands
This exhibition is only going on until May 19 of this year so if you want a fun and interesting outing in Amsterdam do give it a try. There are 200 of Van Gogh's works that have been digitally restored to their original colors plus they added some...
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IJpromenade 1, 1031 KT Amsterdam, Netherlands
Step inside the Eye Film Institute to discover an homage to international cinema replete with interactive displays and perched like an ivory spaceship ready for launch on the northern bank of the IJ River. The striking facility, accessible via a...
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Oudezijds Voorburgwal 47, 1012 EJ Amsterdam, Netherlands
This winter, Amsterdam’s oldest building, the Oude Kerk, will host an exhibition by one of the country’s most interesting young artists, Germaine Kruip. Primarily a sculptor, her works are typically subtle modernist interventions, playing with...
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Wolvenstraat 9, 1016 EM Amsterdam, Netherlands
"9 Streets" (De 9 Straatjes) is a charming, picturesque shopping area in the heart of Amsterdam's canal district. Located between Leidsestraat and Raadhuisstraat, this area is named after the nine side streets connecting the main 17th-century...
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Jan Luijkenstraat 44, 1071 CR Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam's Museum Square (in Dutch, Museumplein) owes its name to the several museums located on this leafy public space. The Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum as well as the Concertgebouw, a performance space, are all located on...
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Easily spotted on Amsterdam’s skyline is the Basilica of St. Nicholas, with its grand dome and towers rising just outside the Central Station. The incredibly ornate architecture and interior came after centuries of oppression of Catholics. When...
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Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1, 1011 PL Amsterdam, Netherlands
For centuries, Amsterdam has been home to a large Jewish community and the Jewish Historical Museum documents that experience from the Jewish migration here during the Spanish Inquisition in the 1600s to their persecution during WWII. The museum...
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Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 147, 1012 RJ Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam’s Royal Palace sits on Dam Square at the heart of the city. Though it remains a working palace—it’s where King Willem-Alexander was crowned in 2013—the Dutch royal family only uses it occasionally and the rest of the time it’s open to...
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Gabriël Metsustraat 8, 1071 EA Amsterdam, Netherlands
It has been a decade since the major museums on the Museumplein—a grassy square connecting Amsterdam’s main art centers—have all been open at the same time. Here’s what to check out at the Van Gogh Museum. Sunflowers, The...
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Herengracht 427, 1017 BR Amsterdam, Netherlands
Exploring Amsterdam aboard a canal boat is an iconic way to see the sights, with myriad tours and cruises plying the 65 miles of waterways that lattice the city. From many spots you can join simple, hour-long cruises with narrators describing...
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Herengracht 573, 1017 CD Amsterdam, Netherlands
This collection of 5,000-plus bags, purses, and accessories—the largest in the world—spans more than 500 years, from a practical 16th-century goatskin money pouch to a whimsical shoe-shaped purse by contemporary Dutch footwear designer...
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Koningsstraat 27, 1011 ET Amsterdam, Netherlands
On a recent trip to Amsterdam I happened upon comic book paradise. Lambiek is easily the most comfortable comic shop I've ever visited with an incredible collection that skews to graphic novels while containing reams of pulp of every variety. The...
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16, Geldersekade, 1012 BH Amsterdam, Netherlands
I enjoyed watching the stream of bikers pouring out of the ferry in the way to work. Bikers are not the only ones who take the ferry, also Vespas and small cars. The ferry landing is behind Centraal Station.
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1027 AJ Zunderdorp, Netherlands
While traveling to Iran, I had to change planes in Amsterdam. There was an extended stopover, so, in looking for something to occupy my time, I found that you can take short (2 hour) tours of the city and see a see a little of the countryside in...