A May 2004 trip
to Amsterdam by akakd
Quote: Amazing Amsterdam boasts all kinds of attractions, from the grace and elegance of 17th-century canal houses to the rich cultural heritage of its wondrous museums and to the seedy side of the Red Light District. Truly something for everyone!
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De Drie Graefjes
Maneer Pannekoek is behind Magna Plaza, two blocks down, on the right, coming from Dam Square or Koninklijk Paleis. It's right on the Singel Canal and offers both indoor and outdoor dining.
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Maneer Pannekoek Café
Raadhuisstraat 6 on Hoek Singel (Singel Canal)
020-6 27 85 00
Of course, the most famous painting of the Rijksmuseum is The Nightwatch. This showpiece of Dutch art is a vast canvas by Rembrandt, commissioned as a group portrait of a militia company. During WWII, the large painting was hidden in caves. Its current name owes to the darkened varnish, but the painting actually depicts the group in broad daylight.
If you go, here are some paintings to look for, in addition to The Nightwatch. Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring. There is a book by the same name, by Tracy Chevalier, that is very much worth reading. Also, by Vermeer, The Kitchen Maid. To me, it's an in-the-moment scene. It is also mentioned in the book "Girl with a Pearl Earring." Look, also, for a painting called The Threatened Swan, which my husband nicknamed, AFLAC! Then there's the Piss Watcher by Jan Steen of a physician who "reads" urine to see if a woman is pregnant. Who said a museum can't be fun?!
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Amsterdam, Netherlands 1071 ZD
+31 20 674 70 00
Get there early. We visited the Rijksmuseum first, and, by the time we arrived to the nearby Van Gogh Museum, it was already very crowded. It was difficult to get even a few seconds of an unobstructed view of the paintings. Photos and videotaping are not allowed.
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Van Gogh Museum
Paulus Potterstraat 7
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1071 CX
+31 (20) 570 52 00
That's news to the locals, however! When we asked directions to the Golden Bend, no one had ever heard of it! Regardless, number 412 dates from 1664, and number 475 was built in 1730. The latter has two sculpted female figures over the front door and is an example of the Louis XIV style, popular in the 18th century.
Attraction | "Museum het Rembrandthuis"
In addition to his paintings, of interest are the box bed in the drawing room and his first-floor studio.
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Amsterdam, Netherlands 1011 NK
+31 20 520 04 00
Attraction | "The Holland Experience"
Each person is given 3D glasses to view the 3D show. Theater seats are on a platform in the middle of a circular room. The entire platform turns. While the action-packed scenes are never scary, the room is dark, and one little girl got scared, having to leave before the show even began.
Grand Holland Tour
With space for 150 parishioners, this church was built at a time when the Catholic religion was officially banned. From the outside, it was impossible to see that this remarkable house contained a secret church.
Definitely worth the walk through the Red Light District to see.
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 40
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1012
+31 20 624 6604
Frequently in the square is a magnificent organ on wheels, which plays music while animated figures dance and twirl. Next to Koninklijk Paleis is Nieuwe Kerk, "New Church", dating from the late 14th century. Sovereigns are crowned here. Seen between the Paleis and Nieuwe Kerk is the pretty Magna Plaza Shopping Centre. All Amsterdam life seems to branch out from this square.
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1012 JS
Attraction | "Anne Frank House"
I was surprised to see how large the hiding place actually was, covering two floors plus an attic. Four people helped to hide and provide for the eight people during the two years before they were betrayed.
Once betrayed, all eight were sent to concentration camps. Only Anne's father, Otto Frank, survived.
Anne's famous diary has been published into more than 60 languages.
The Anne Frank House and Museum
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1016 GV
+31 20 556 71 00
Attraction | "Zaanse Schans"
Zaanse Schans Historic Windmills
Zaandam, Netherlands 1509
+31 (0)75 681 00 00
Attraction | "Kroller-Muller Museum"
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Kroller Muller Museum
Attraction | "Madurodam (Holland in Miniature)"
Objects are made right in Madurodam to a 1:25 scale. We took the train from Amsterdam Central to Den Haag (The Hague) Central, then the no. 22 bus (the no. 9 tram goes there, too) to Madurodam. It was only about a half-hour train ride to Den Haag, then 15 minutes by bus to Madurodam.
This miniature city opened in 1952.
High-school students from the region serve as the mayor and inaugurate new scale models.
George Maduroplein 1
The Hague, Netherlands
31 (0)70 416 24 00
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