Amsterdam Journals

Fine Arts Weekend in Amsterdam

An October 2002 trip to Amsterdam by teetertr

Quote: Amsterdam is a fantastic place for the Fine Arts enthusiast. Museums, Concert Halls, and Nightlife seemingly never went wanting. Our three day trip was full of all of these excursions, plus great and varied ethnic foods.

Fine Arts Weekend in Amsterdam

Overview

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We managed to take in the highlights at the Van Gogh Museum, those at the Rijksmuseum, as well as an evening concert with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, all within the walking area of the Museumplein. Food was varied and ethnically represented around the area, too. The Brasserie van Gogh on Pieter Corneliusz Hooftstr. was moderately priced and filling. Our second day was spent walking around the shopping areas along and west of the Damrak. We had ample time to peruse the flower stalls and bulb merchants at the Bloemenmarkt. Many of the bulbs were certified for export to the States. A real find at .40 a bulb. The nightlife was exciting in the Leidesplein area. Dancing, dining and a casino, a...Read More
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Here is a budget minded hotel right behind the Concertgebouw. Location, location, location. The small rooms were clean and tidy. The breakfast had enough choices to fill you. I especially liked the selection of jams and jellies, sprinkles and butter for the toast.

We were able to attend a concert in the evening and not fight traffic, trams or pedestrians to get back to our hotel. A real find.

In the morning, it was a short walk across the museumplein to our next adventure in the fine arts.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 13, 2002

AMS Hotel Trianon
J W Brouwersstraat 3-7
Amsterdam, Netherlands
20-673 20 73

Van Gogh Museum

Attraction

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This is a wonderful museum to see the works of van Gogh as well as his contemporaries. The main collection is offered in chronological order. I could understand the development of his style by viewing his paintings, as well as those of the masters just before him, as well as those of his friends who lived near him and showed an interest in his work. The collection has displays of Realism, Impressionism and Symbolist art. I especially liked seeing the Gauguin and Suerat paintings that were created at about the same time. The collection was seen in only a couple of hours, yet I walked away with a better understanding of this era in art. A "must do" for anyone in Amsterdam for ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 13, 2002

Van Gogh Museum
Paulus Potterstraat 7
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1071 CX
+31 (20) 570 52 00

Concertgebouw

Attraction

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Our 'Fine Arts' trip to Amsterdam was filled with music from the Concertgebouw. The Nederlands Kamerorkest played Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances - Suite #3. The fine ensemble playing was a highlight of our trip. Dmitry Sitkovetsky was more than adept at directing, he also played a Viola Sonata by Bach and the Tartini/Kreisler "Devil's Trill" Sonata. His technigue, dynamics and intonation were flawless. The full orchestra played the Classical Symphony by Prokofiev. They outdid themselves in this performance. It was electric. We'll never forget this concert.

Don't miss an opportunity to hear this group. And, it only cost 24.50 Euro.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 13, 2002

Concertgebouw
Van Baerle Straat
Amsterdam, Netherlands